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  • Exhibition opens in Taiwan to mark Human Rights Day - Taipei,  An exhibition shedding light on the evolution of human rights in Taiwan opened at the Control Yuan in Taipei on Friday ahead of Human Rights Day, which is observed every year on Dec. 10. Organized by the newly-launched National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the exhibition includes screenings of four...
  • President Tsai pledges 120,000 social housing units by 2024 - Taipei,  President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has said the government will promote 50 social housing construction projects next year as part of an effort by the central and local governments to build 120,000 social housing units by 2024. Speaking at a meeting with winners of the 28th Architectural Golden Stone Award...
  • Incumbent lawmaker suspected of corruption released on bail - Taipei,  Incumbent Legislator Chen Chao-ming (陳超明), who was being detained on suspicion of corruption, has been released on NT$5 million (US$177,302) bail on Friday but is subject to residence restrictions and barred from leaving the country. When leaving the Taipei District Court after posting bail, Chen of the opposition Kuomintang...
  • European Parliament vice president hoping to visit Taiwan - Brussels,  European Parliament Vice President Nicola Beer has expressed an interest in visiting Taiwan as soon as travel conditions permit to show support for Taiwan at a time when China’s threat against it is growing. Beer made her interest known in a video conference with Tsai Ming-yen (蔡明彥), Taiwan’s representative...
  • Taiwan could administer COVID-19 vaccine by Q2 of 2021: minister - Taipei,  People in Taiwan may be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by the second quarter of 2021, slightly earlier than previously anticipated, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Thursday. Based on current evaluations, the first doses of the vaccine could be available between March and June, Chen...

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Taiwan dollar finishes at 9.5-year high

Taipei,  The Taiwan dollar ended at 28.668 against the greenback on the Taipei foreign exchange market on Thursday, gaining NT$0.098 from the previous close to finish at a 9.5-year high after the central bank ...

Committee proposes two options for raising NHI premiums

Taipei,  The governing committee of Taiwan’s National Health Insurance (NHI) program on Friday submitted two proposals to the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) to raise premiums from the current 4.69...

Beijing confirms jail sentence for Taiwanese professor

Beijing,  A retired university professor who was arrested shortly after visiting China in August 2018 has been sentenced to four years in prison on national security charges, China’s Taiwan Affairs Offic...

MOTC launches Lunar New Year campaign to boost travel, ease...

Taipei,  The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) on Wednesday announced a travel stimulus package for the Feb. 10-16 Lunar New Year holiday that will not only encourage travel by providing hot...

Police arrest suspects in gruesome murder cases

Taipei,  Seven suspects have been arrested in Taichung and Hualien in connection with the murders in the past three years of a man and a girl whose bodies were stuffed into concrete-filled plastic drums, polic...

General

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President Tsai pledges 120,000 social housing units by 2024

Taipei,  President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has said the government will promote 50 social housing construction projects next year as part of an effort by the central and local governments to build 120,000 soc...

Exhibition opens in Taiwan to mark Human Rights Day

Taipei,  An exhibition shedding light on the evolution of human rights in Taiwan opened at the Control Yuan in Taipei on Friday ahead of Human Rights Day, which is observed every year on Dec. 10. Organized by ...

Incumbent lawmaker suspected of corruption released on bail

Taipei,  Incumbent Legislator Chen Chao-ming (陳超明), who was being detained on suspicion of corruption, has been released on NT$5 million (US$177,302) bail on Friday but is subject to residence restrictio...

European Parliament vice president hoping to visit Taiwan

Brussels,  European Parliament Vice President Nicola Beer has expressed an interest in visiting Taiwan as soon as travel conditions permit to show support for Taiwan at a time when China’s threat against...

COVID-19-related clip tops YouTube’s 2020 most-viewed chart in Taiwan

Taipei,  A COVID-19 prevention video released by Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control is the most-viewed YouTube video in the “popular clip” category of the year in Taiwan, according to infor...

Education News

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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...

Taiwan to create registration system to fight ‘ghost’ fishing gear

Taipei,  The Fisheries Agency said Tuesday it has issued a new draft regulation to establish a system to better manage derelict fishing gear, known as “ghost gear,” that causes marine pollution and...

Taipei leg of 2020 NASA Hackathon opens for registration

Taipei,  The 2020 NASA Space Apps Challenge Hackathon, one of NASA’s innovative outreach activities, is now open for registration until Sept. 18, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced Thursday...

NTU makes top 100 list, ranked 97th best university in...

London and Taipei,  National Taiwan University (NTU) has been ranked the 97th best university in the world, the first time the school has made it into the survey’s top 100 list, according to a Times High...

Health & Safety

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Taiwan could administer COVID-19 vaccine by Q2 of 2021: minister

Taipei,  People in Taiwan may be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by the second quarter of 2021, slightly earlier than previously anticipated, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Thu...

Chinese medicine doctors, supplier indicted over toxic prescriptions

Taichung,  Two traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and a supplier, all based in Taichung, have been indicted in a case of poisoning that caused at least eight people to fall ill in August, Taiwan Taichu...

Tour bus overturns in Nantou; 1 killed, 20 injured

Taipei,  One person died and 20 others were injured after a tour bus overturned Monday on a road leading to a national forest recreation area in Nantou, according to the Nantou County Fire Department. A medium...

CORONAVIRUS/More Indonesian agencies banned from sending migrants to Taiwan

Taipei,  Six more Indonesian manpower agencies were added Monday to a list of companies banned from sending migrant workers to Taiwan after a spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases from Indonesia in r...

CORONAVIRUS/Taiwanese diplomatic personnel in U.S., Guatemala get COVID-19

Taipei,  Two Taiwanese foreign service personnel, one at Taiwan’s representative office in New York and the other at the country’s embassy in Guatemala, recently tested positive for COVID-19, the M...