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World Bank Pauses Mali Payments After Coup as Leader Warns...

The World Bank said on Friday it had temporarily paused payments to operations in Mali following a military coup, while the man expected to become the new prime minister warned sanctions would only complicate t...

Sentiment rises among Taiwan manufacturers, weakens in service sector

Taipei-Business sentiment among export-oriented manufacturers in Taiwan improved in April from the previous month, as the global economy continued to recover, the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) sa...

UMC plans NT$100 billion capacity expansion in southern Taiwan

Taipei-United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the second-largest contract chipmaker in Taiwan, announced on Wednesday an investment project worth NT$100 billion (US$3.58 billion) aimed at expanding capacity at it...

TSMC named a ‘Titan’ on Time’s list of 100 Most...

Taipei-Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has made Time magazine's inaugural list of "100 Most Influential Companies" and has been categorized as a "Titan."Time's new list comprises "businesses m...

Taroko train crash victims’ families to receive NT$15.7 million

Taipei-Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) will pay NT$15.7 million (US$563,000) in compensation to the families of the 49 people who were killed in a Taroko express train crash in Hualien County on April 2, t...

General

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UN: Forced Displacement from Conflicts Soaring Despite Pandemic

The U.N. refugee agency, which just released its 2020 Global Trends report, said the number of people forcibly displaced last year by wars, violence, persecution and human rights violations hit a record high of...

Famine Stalks Millions as Acute Hunger Rises Globally

The World Food Program warns tens of millions of people, mainly in Africa, are teetering on the brink of famine because of conflict, climate shocks and economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The U.N. fo...

Prosecutors Request Life Sentence for ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Hero

Rwandan prosecutors on Thursday requested a life sentence for the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda as he faces terrorism charges, while his family asserts that he faces mistreatment and an unfair trial.Pa...

Environmentalists: Demand for Somali Charcoal Fueling Desertification, Drought

Environmentalists are warning that the demand for charcoal in Somalia is fueling desertification and drought. The U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification, known as UNCCD, says an estimated 8.2 million trees ...

Climate-Related Drought Disasters Threaten Development, UN Warns

The United Nations warns accelerating climate change is causing a dramatic intensification of global drought disasters, which are threatening agricultural production, the world’s safe water supply and other e...

Education News

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Education Ministry expands recruitment of foreign English teachers

Taipei-As part of the campaign to turn Taiwan into a bilingual nation by 2030, the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Saturday said it is subsidizing the hiring of more foreign English-language teachers for local p...

Taiwan allows entry of more international students

Taipei-The Ministry of Education (MOE) said Thursday that more categories of international students will be allowed to enter Taiwan, effective immediately, three months after an entry ban was introduced due to ...

MOE to launch bilingual education center in Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung-A bilingual education center will be established in National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) in Kaohsiung, as part of the U.S.-Taiwan Education Initiative launched in December 2020, the Ministry of Edu...

Taiwan, U.K. sign MOU on education cooperation

Taipei, Taiwan and the United Kingdom on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding to advance cooperation in English learning and education. The agreement was signed remotely and witnessed by Greg Hands, U...

Taxpayers to be allowed to file taxes via smartphones in...

Taipei,  Taxpayers in Taiwan are expected to be allowed to use their smartphones to file taxes in 2021, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF). In a hearing held by the finance committee under the Legislat...

Health & Safety

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Congolese Refugees Look Inward for Support Amid COVID-19 Scourge

Uganda, Africa's largest refugee host, is imposing restrictions on movement after another spike in COVID-19 cases, and that’s creating an even greater economic struggle for the vulnerable in urban areas. One...

Tens of Thousands of Tigray Children Face Imminent Death, UNICEF...

The U.N. Children’s Fund warns at least 33,000 severely malnourished children in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region face imminent death if they do not receive immediate help to treat their condition.UNICEF i...

Britain Delays Plans to Lift COVID-19 Lockdowns

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has delayed plans to lift coronavirus restrictions by a month because of the highly contagious Delta variant, first identified in India. Johnson said on Monday that restrict...

Cameroon Albinos Ask for Greater Attention, Care

International Albinism Awareness Day on June 13 has been observed in Cameroon, with albinos asking for more government and community care and protection. Those living with this hereditary genetic condition that...

UN: Thousands of Tigray Children Risk Death from Starvation, Malnutrition

United Nations agencies are warning that tens of thousands of children in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray province are at risk of death from starvation and malnutrition-related illnesses because aid agencies canno...