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Taiwan tech companies to hike laptop prices in 2nd quarter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese electronics giants Acer and Asus will increase the prices of their laptops by about 5-10 percent in the second quarter in response to a surge in demand due to th...

Xi, Kim share messages reaffirming China-N. Korea alliance

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The leaders of China and North Korea are reaffirming their traditional alliance following contentious talks between top diplomats from Washington and Beijing and diplomatic i...

Oil giant Saudi Aramco sees 2020 profits drop to $49 billion

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s state-backed oil giant Aramco announced Sunday that its profits nearly halved in 2020 to $49 billion, a big drop that came as the coronavirus pandemic...

N Korean defectors struggle to send money home amid pandemic

ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — For the first time in years, Choi Bok-hwa didn’t get her annual birthday call from her mother in North Korea. Each January, Choi’s mother had climbed a mountain and used a br...

Will Paramount+ be a mountain or a molehill in streaming?

NEW YORK (AP) — Paramount+ debuts Thursday as the latest — and last — streaming option from a major media company, this time from ViacomCBS. It's betting that consumers are willing to add yet another ...

Taiwan’s celebrated Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor to raise prices by 10%

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor Inc (KKL) on Tuesday (March 2) announced 6-12 percent price hikes for most of its liquor products effective immediately, prompting some regional dea...

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___ Countries urge drug companies to share vaccine know-how PARIS (AP) — The new head of the World Trade Organization is joining calls for pharmaceutical companies ...

Taiwan to increase shipping rates for parcels and mail to US

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese sending small parcels and express mail to the U.S. will have to pay a higher postage rate starting March 8 to reflect increasing international transportation cos...

Iowa State athletic finances improving; new projects planned

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State's athletic budget outlook is better than expected, and the school will push forward with several initiatives hoped to create new revenue streams, athletic director Jamie P...

Taiwan’s Asus to increase prices of graphics cards, motherboards

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Asus has announced that it will be increasing prices on a wide range of premium graphics cards and motherboards it sells in the U.S. Asus Technical Product Marketing Ma...

Mired in crises, North Korea's Kim to open big party meeting

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Coronavirus restrictions that have limited his public appearances. Warning signals for his country's fragile economy, which has been battered by pandemic-related border closi...

Edmunds: Some of the best cars cost less than $399 per month

The COVID-19 pandemic initially slowed car sales, but now many new-car buyers are making more expensive purchases than ever before, according to sales data from Edmunds. The average...

Used vehicle prices up as supply sinks, but relief is coming

DETROIT (AP) — It cost a whole lot more to buy a used SUV, car, truck or van last month than it did before the coronavirus hit, and that almost singlehandedly caused September's modest consumer price ...

China food prices spike as anti-virus effort disrupts supply

BEIJING (AP) — China's food prices jumped 21.4% over a year earlier in February as anti-virus efforts disrupted supplies, adding to pressure on communist leaders who are trying to revive economic acti...

KFC Taiwan hikes prices

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Taiwan announced a price hike will be implemented on Friday (Jan. 10) — the second year in a row for a price hike. ...