Rights group calls for lifting travel ban on activists

CAIRO (AP) — A human rights group is accusing Egypt’s government of silencing rights advocates by continuing to bar them from travelling, while the U.N. is holding its periodic review of the country’s...

White Helmets founder’s wife barred from leaving Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities have barred the wife of a former British army officer who founded the White Helmets volunteer group from leaving Turkey pending th...

Pakistan's ailing ex-PM still on no-fly list

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The party of Pakistan's ailing ex-prime minister is upset that he's still on a no-fly list, blocking him from getting medical treatment abroad. Nawaz Sharif was rele...

US growth of Islam creates need for religious scholars

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — The seminary instructor challenges his students: "Brothers and sisters" don't believe in God because your "parents believe in God," but because "you know why God exists....

HK should provide evidence on murder case before suspect returns: MAC

Taiwan's top policymaking body on China, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), said Sunday the government will not lift its recently imposed travel ban on a Hong Kong citizen wanted for murder in Ta...

US hits Cuba's Raul Castro, family with travel ban

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration is imposing a travel ban on former Cuban President Raul Castro and his immediate family for human rights abuses. Secretary of State Mike Pomp...

Ugandan leader questions US sanctions against former protege

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's longtime leader is disputing United States sanctions targeting a former protege accused of rights violations during his role as police boss between 2005 and 2018. ...

China to lift individual travel ban for Taiwan's offshore counties

China's ban on individual Chinese travelers visiting three of Taiwan's offshore counties will be lifted effective Sept. 20, the Kinmen County government announced Monday. Since Aug. 1, Beij...

Taiwan to reduce airport landing fees following China travel ban

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following China’s decision at the end of July to restrict individual tourism to Taiwan, the government’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) h...

Taiwan mulls visa waivers for Gulf countries

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is considering implementing tourism incentives for visitors from the Persian Gulf as part of its effort to offset the impact of the Chinese ban on solo travel to th...

Expedia data reveals positive Taiwan tourism trends for 1st half of 2019

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Wednesday (Aug. 15), the international travel agency Expedia published data revealing tourism trends in Taiwan for the first half of 2019. According to the report, t...

Taiwan mulls visa waiver for Vietnam, Indonesia

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is considering adding Indonesia and Vietnam to the list of countries granted visa exemption status as part of the island’s effort to offset the impact of Chin...

China silent on request for partial lifting of solo travel ban to Taiwan

Beijing (CNA) A Chinese official in charge of Taiwan affairs was non-committal on whether China will partially lift a ban on travel to Taiwan by independent travelers after being urged to do so by the...

Magistrates of Kinmen, Matsu, Penghu fly to Beijing to plea for travel ban lift

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The magistrates of Kinmen, Matsu, and Penghu county flew to Beijing on Monday (Aug. 12) to meet with Liu Jieyi (劉結一), the director of the Taiwan Affairs Office, and plead ...

China boycotts Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards

[Updated on August 7 at 17:15] TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chinese films and filmmakers will be absent from this year’s Taipei-based Golden Horse Awards, occasionally dubbed by foreign media...