Italy will ride out COVID-19 storm: Representative to Taiwan

Italy was the first country in Europe to be battered by the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and Davide Giglio, Italy's representative to Taiwan, is hoping his country will be the firs...

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...

Taiwan bans Italian pork to prevent African swine fever

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) announced Wednesday (Feb. 19) that live pigs and pork products from Italy will no longer ...

China's virus outbreak weighs on global business

BEIJING (AP) — Global business is catching a chill from China's virus outbreak, with even the gaming industry taking a hit. Mink breeders in Denmark called off a fur auction because...

Poland: New law allows prison terms for disrupting hunts

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president has signed into law legislation that is intended to contain the spread of African swine fever and allows three-year prison sentences for anyone convicted of in...

Public urged not to panic over Taiwan's 1st confirmed case of Wuhan coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) assured the public that there is no need to panic after the government announced the first imported case of the Wuhan coronavirus (2...

Sales of flowers, pork push Dutch farm exports to new record

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch agriculture exports rose 4.6% in 2019 from the previous year to a new record of 94.5 billion euros ($105.2 billion), the country's statistics office and a research ...

McDonald's and Burger King to raise prices in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following fast-food chain KFC's announcement of price hikes on Friday (Jan.10), other popular restaurants, such as McDonald’s and Burger King, have also decided ...

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___ Facebook again refuses to ban political ads, even false ones SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is reaffirming its freewheeling policy on political ads, saying it wo...

China food prices jump despite effort to ease pork shortage

BEIJING (AP) — China's food prices jumped 17.4% in December over a year earlier, driven by surging pork prices despite official efforts to ease shortages caused by a disease outbreak. ...

Swine fever suspected in Japan’s Okinawa

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An outbreak of classical swine fever in Japan’s Okinawa, for the first time since 1986, means 1,746 pigs will be culled, according to a Liberty Times report on Wedne...

Taiwan mobilizes 300 extra staff to stop African swine fever during Lunar New Year

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Council of Agriculture (COA) will mobilize 300 extra staff members to try and prevent African swine fever from entering Taiwan during the Lunar New Year holiday, repor...

The other fake meat: Impossible Foods unveils pork, sausage

After a big year for its plant-based burger, Impossible Foods has something new on its plate. The California-based company unveiled Impossible Pork and Impossible Sausage on Monday e...

Revelers around the world usher in the new decade

Revelers around the globe are bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump. ...

At each end of Pacific, skepticism over China farm purchases

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — President Donald Trump likes to joke that America's farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They're going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for thei...