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  • Taiwan Jan 12

    Taiwan’s Leader Meets With US Official After Election Win

    Fresh from a landslide reelection victory, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen met Sunday with the de facto U.S. ambassador to Taipei, as China warned that countries should stick with recognizing communist-ruled Beijing as the rightful government of “one China,” including Taiwan....

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    William Brent Christensen, a U.S. diplomat who is director of the American Institute in Taiwan, congratulated Tsai on her victory in...

  • Nov 27, 2019

    Taiwanese-Canadian Model-Actor Godfrey Gao Dies on Set

    Taiwanese-Canadian model-actor Godfrey Gao has died after suffering an apparent heart attack while on set in China. Gao was filming a sports reality show in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo on Wednesday when he died. His agency, JetStar Entertainment, confirmed his death on its official Facebook page. The 35-year-old was filming “Chase Me,” a Chinese variety series, when he...

  • Oct 1, 2019

    Bridge Collapse in Taiwan Injures 10, Smashes Boats

    A bridge collapse in Yilan County, Taiwan, injured 10 people and resulted in damage to three boats.

  • Aug 29, 2019

    Maine Lobster Takes Tariff Hit

    Lobster dealers in Maine are facing challenges after China imposed retaliatory tariffs on imports of the shellfish.

  • Aug 15, 2019

    Report: Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee Seamstresses Harassed, Abused

    Women sewing blue jeans for Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee and The Children’s Place faced sexual harassment and gender-based violence and some were coerced into having sex with supervisors to keep their jobs in African factories, labor rights groups say. In response to the revelations, the brands have agreed to bring in outside oversight and enforcement for more than 10,000 workers at...

  • Aug 12, 2019

    Versace, Coach, Givenchy Apologize to China for Hong Kong, Macau T-Shirts

    American fashion brand Coach, French label Givenchy and Italian luxury brand Versace have been boycotted by some Chinese social media stars for suggesting that places like Hong Kong and Macau are separate from China. The Versace label and its artistic director Donatella Versace apologized on Sunday after images of a T-shirt pairing cities with their countries stated “Macau, Macau” and...

  • Aug 9, 2019

    Man Who Distributed Gun Plan for 3D Printer Pleads Guilty to Sex With Minor

    Prosecutors say the founder of a Texas company that sold plans to make untraceable 3D printed guns has pleaded guilty to having sex with an underage girl.

  • Jul 27, 2019

    8 Dead, 60 Hurt as Quakes Shake Northern Philippine Isles

    Two strong earthquakes hours apart struck a group of sparsely populated islands in the Luzon Strait in the northern Philippines early Saturday, killing at least eight people, injuring about 60 and damaging ancestral houses famous among tourists. The quakes collapsed homes of stone and wood and roused residents from sleep, said Roldan Esdicul, who heads the Batanes provincial disaster-response office....

  • Jun 18, 2019

    Hong Kong Leader: Extradition Bill Unlikely to Be Revived

    Hong Kong’s leader apologized Tuesday for an unpopular extradition bill that drew massive protests and indicated that it will not be revived during the current legislative session. But Chief Executive Carrie Lam did not formally retract the legislation. She also said she hopes to finish her term, shrugging away calls for her resignation. Lam acknowledged that it was unlikely she...

  • Jun 15, 2019

    Woman Accused of ‘Jabbing,’ ‘Stomping’ Sea Turtle Nest in Miami Beach

    A Chinese citizen was arrested Saturday for “jabbing” a sea turtle nest with a wooden stake and “stomping” on the protected habitat, according to the Miami Beach Police Department.

  • Jun 6, 2019

    Taiwan Confirms Request for US Tanks, Air Defense Systems

    Taiwan confirmed Thursday it has asked to purchase more than 100 tanks, along with air defense and anti-tank missile systems from the U.S. in a major potential arms sale that could worsen frictions between Washington and Beijing. The Defense Ministry said in a statement it has submitted a letter of request for 108 cutting-edge M1A2 Abrams tanks, 1,240 TOW anti-armor...

  • May 17, 2019

    In First for Asia, Taiwan Approves Same-Sex Marriage

    Taiwan’s legislature voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. Lawmakers pressured by LGBT groups as well as by church organizations opposed to the move approved most of a government-sponsored bill that recognizes same-sex marriages and gives couples many of the tax, insurance...

  • Apr 18, 2019

    Earth, Meet Polo: Ralph Lauren Unveils Plastic Bottle Shirt

    Earth, meet Polo. Polo Ralph Lauren on Thursday launched a version of its iconic polo shirt made entirely of recycled plastic bottles and dyed through a process that uses zero water. David Lauren, the youngest son of the company’s founder and its chief innovation officer, told The Associated Press ahead of the announcement that the new shirt is part of...

  • Apr 18, 2019

    6.1M Quake Causes Light Damage in Taiwan’s Capital, East Coast

    A strong earthquake shook eastern Taiwan on Thursday afternoon, causing scattered light damage in the capital and along the eastern coast. The 6.1 magnitude quake was centered northwest of the city of Hualien at a depth of nearly 12 miles, Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said. Water pipes at the city’s train station burst and rail traffic was briefly suspended. Schools...

  • Apr 2, 2019

    New Series ‘Warrior’ Hopes to Continue Bruce Lee’s Legacy

    A new Cinemax series inspired by iconic martial artist and actor Bruce Lee will soon be making its debut on a television near you. “Warrior,” which showrunners says has been nearly 50 years in the making, follows Chinese martial arts prodigy Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji from “Fast & Furious 6”) after he emigrates to 1870s San Francisco in search of...

  • Mar 30, 2019

    Cities Around the World Turn Off Lights to Mark Earth Hour

    Cities around the world marked Earth Hour on Saturday by turning off lights at 8:30 p.m. local time in a call for global action on climate change. Earth Hour, spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund, calls for greater awareness and more sparing use of resources, especially fossil fuels that produce carbon gases and lead to global warming. Beginning in Sydney...

  • Mar 12, 2019

    US Envoy Calls China’s Muslim Camps ‘Horrific,’ Wants Probe

    Describing China’s internment of an estimated 1 million Muslims as a “horrific situation,” a U.S. envoy on religion called Tuesday for an independent investigation into the detentions and for the release of those being held. Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said China has done nothing to assuage concerns from the U.S. and others over the detention of...

  • Mar 10, 2019

    60 Years After Dalai Lama Fled, China Defends Tibet Policies

    China is defending its often-criticized rule in Tibet 60 years after the Dalai Lama fled into exile amid an abortive uprising against Chinese control, saying those who question its policies are merely showing their anti-Chinese bias. The statements in official media came as Tibetans and their supporters marked the anniversary Sunday and called for greater international support. Despite decades of...

  • Dec 25, 2018

    Japan Stocks Plunge, Other Asia Markets Fall After US Losses

    Japanese stocks plunged Tuesday and other Asian markets declined following heavy Wall Street losses triggered by President Donald Trump’s attack on the U.S. central bank. Markets have been roiled by concerns about a slowing global economy, the trade dispute with China and another interest rate increase by the Fed. Trump’s Monday morning tweet heightened fears about the economy being destabilized...

  • Dec 19, 2018

    MLB, Union, Cuba Reach Deal for Players to Sign

    Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island nation to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades.

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