Wuhan coronavirus no laughing matter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) sent a serious message to all comedians on Tuesday (March 31) by warning that any virus-related jokes to celebrate Apri...

Taiwan premier says COVID-19 should be called 'Wuhan pneumonia'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — When asked for his take on communist China's insistence on not using the place name "Wuhan" when describing the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞...

US relations with the PRC and Taiwan in a time of 'plague': William Stanton

The United States’ relations with the PRC have inexorably but inevitably worsened since the accession to power of Xi Jinping (習近平) in 2012. We have witnessed the Chinese Communist Party&rsquo...

China amassing propaganda army on Twitter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China has been spreading propaganda on social media platforms outside the Great Firewall, and now private enterprises are helping the regime to expand its online influence...

Trump allies warn against feud with swing-state governor

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump's allies are trying to contain a politically risky election-year fight with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as he struggles to balance presidential politics...

Ethiopia postpones major election because of coronavirus

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's election set for August has been postponed as the national election board said Tuesday the coronavirus makes it impossible to prepare. The vo...

Former legislator Hsiao Bi-khim tapped as Taiwan’s National Security Council adviser

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has tapped former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) as a member of the National Security Council’s (NSC)...

Explosion in Turkey damages natural gas pipeline from Iran

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An explosion in eastern Turkey Tuesday damaged a natural gas pipeline and halted gas flows from Iran, Turkey's state-run news agency reported. The explosion occ...

US outlines plan for Venezuela transition, sanctions relief

MIAMI (AP) — The Trump administration is prepared to lift sanctions on Venezuela in support of a new proposal to form a transitional government representing allies of both Nicolas Maduro and oppositio...

China refutes accusation of providing faulty medical products abroad

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After multiple countries complained that the various medical supplies imported from China provided inaccurate test results and insufficient protection, China insisted that...

China's Huawei says '19 sales up 19% despite U.S. sanctions

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei said Tuesday its sales of smartphones and other products grew by double digits last year despite U.S. sanctions but warned it now faces a “more complicated” gl...

Majority of Taiwanese support replacing 'Republic of China' with 'Taiwan' on passport cover

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has said it would accept a decision by the Legislative Yuan to omit Taiwan’s country name, “Republic of China,” le...

Taiwan sees new coronavirus cases rise to 16

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (March 31) announced 16 more cases of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to 322. During a p...

Brazilian pews become trenches in fight against quarantine

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like every Sunday, Brazilian Pastor Silas Malafaia took the stage of his Pentecostal temple in a middle-class Rio de Janeiro neighborhood. But this week, he wore a T-shirt instea...

China's manufacturing rebounds as virus controls ease

BEIJING (AP) — China’s manufacturing rebounded in March as authorities relaxed anti-disease controls and allowed factories to reopen, an official survey showed Tuesday, but an industry group warned th...