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 2021-05-08 16:00 

Taipei Times

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Two-day festival celebrating Europe starts in Taipei ...

This year's Europe Festival opened yesterday in Taipei to celebrate Europe Day and give people a taste of the continent while international travel is hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic.The two-day fair, themed "The EU Connects," organized by th...

 2021-05-08 16:00 

Taipei Times

US bill seeks to create ‘chief manufacturing’ post ...

US Senate committee leaders have drafted a compromise US$110 billion measure for basic and advanced technology research and science over five years, and the creation of a White House chief manufacturing officer in the face of rising competitive pressure f...

 2021-05-08 16:00 

Taipei Times

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Aboriginal arts and culture hub opens in Pingtung ...

Government officials and Aboriginal community leaders yesterday celebrated the opening of a center in Pingtung City to showcase Aboriginal arts and culture.The Pingtung Harvest () in the Victory Star VIP Zone () also aims to promote local tourism and hand...

 2021-05-08 16:00 

Taipei Times

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CECC reports two more cases of air crew cluster ...

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday reported two cases of COVID-19, a China Airlines pilot and his wife, bringing the number of cases linked to a quarantine hotel in Taoyuan to 31.Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (), who hea...

 2021-05-08 16:00 

Taipei Times

China’s schadenfreude over India ...

Chinese President Xi Jinping () expressed "deep concern" over the staggering rise of COVID-19 cases in India, and offered to supply medical equipment and vaccine doses to the country, but his overtures sparked debate in India's academic and po...

 2021-05-08 16:00 

Taipei Times

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KMT campaigns for referendums ...

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday held events across the nation to "celebrate Mother's Day" and promote its US pork import and referendum voting initiatives.The Central Election Commission on Friday said that the two referendum pro...

 2021-05-08 15:16 

China Post

Pandemic gives boost as more states move to digital IDs...

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The card that millions of people use to prove their identity to everyone from police officers to liquor store owners may soon be a thing of the past as a growing number of states develop digital driver's licenses. With the ...

 2021-05-08 15:15 

China Post

Critics say Indiana COVID-19 law allows nursing home neglect...

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Advocates for nursing home residents say they worry a new Indiana law expanding COVID-19 liability protections for health care providers will effectively block many lawsuits over neglect and substandard treatment that weren't...

 2021-05-08 15:15 

China Post

US pipeline company halts operations after cyberattack...

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. energy company says a cyberattack forced it to temporarily halt all operations on a major pipeline that delivers roughly 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast. Colonial Pipeline said the attack took place Friday and als...

 2021-05-08 15:13 

China Post

The Latest: Pakistan receives 1st vaccines through COVAX...

ISLAMABAD— Pakistan on Saturday received its first supply of COVID-19 vaccines through the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, over 1.2 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The prime minister's special aide on health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, as...

 2021-05-08 15:13 

China Post

Election officials face fines, charges in GOP voting laws...

In 2020, election officials tried to make voting easier and safer amid a global pandemic. Next time, they might get fined or face criminal charges. Republicans are creating a new slate of punishments for the county officials who run elections, arguing the...

 2021-05-08 15:13 

China Post

EXPLAINER: Did US hiring slow because of a 'labor shortage'?...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The anticipation for the U.S. jobs report for April, released Friday morning, was high. Most experts agreed that after a yearlong pandemic, tens of millions of layoffs and widespread disease and death, a likely second straight mont...

 2021-05-08 15:13 

China Post

EXPLAINER: Why are people protesting across Colombia?...

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of Colombians have protested across the country against a government they feel has long ignored their needs, allowed corruption to run rampant and is so out of touch that it proposed tax increases during the co...

 2021-05-08 14:15 

China Post

Philippine troops drive away armed rebels from public market...

COTABATO, Philippines (AP) — Dozens of Muslim militants occupied a public market overnight in the southern Philippines before fleeing after a tense standoff with government forces, officials said Saturday. The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters did...

 2021-05-08 14:15 

China Post

Maldives: Islamic extremists behind attack on ex-president...

MALE, Maldives (AP) — A top official in the Maldives said Saturday that Islamic extremists were responsible for an explosion earlier this week that critically wounded former President Mohamed Nasheed, as police said they arrested two of four suspect...

 2021-05-08 14:15 

China Post

In a small New Hampshire town, the 2020 election still rages...

WINDHAM, N.H. (AP) — Meetings of the Windham Board of Selectmen are usually as sleepy as they sound — a handful of residents from the New Hampshire town, a discussion of ambulance fees, maybe a drainage study. So when a crowd of about 500 peop...

 2021-05-08 14:15 

China Post

US pipeline company halts some operations after cyberattack...

WASHINGTON (AP) — A company that operates a major U.S. energy pipeline says it was forced to temporarily halt all pipeline operations following a cybersecurity attack. In a statement, Colonial Pipeline said the attack took place Friday and also affe...

 2021-05-08 14:15 

China Post

Gambling and gun rights bills to be decided on last day...

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers return to Montgomery on May 17 for the final day of the 2021 session. Legislators could decide a number of controversial issues on the last day including a gambling bill, a proposal to ban gender-affirming t...

 2021-05-08 14:13 

China Post

States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes...

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — States asked the federal government this week to withhold staggering amounts of COVID-19 vaccine amid plummeting demand for the shots, contributing to a growing U.S. stockpile of doses. From South Carolina to Washington, states ...

 2021-05-08 14:13 

China Post

As US reopens, campuses tighten restrictions for virus...

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — About a year into mask mandates, nasal swabs and remote classes, the atmosphere turned tense at the University of Vermont as the school cracked down on rules for social distancing and face coverings amid a spike in student COV...

 2021-05-08 13:24 

Central News Agency

Cinderella team gets ready for new challenge - Focus Taiwan...

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) After clinching a national title against all odds in early April, an Indigenous basketball team from Taichung's Ping-Deng Elementary School will return to the court Sunday hoping for another dramatic run in the Elementary Basketbal...

 2021-05-08 13:15 

China Post

High-speed train services in UK disrupted after cracks found...

LONDON (AP) — Passengers faced significant travel disruption Saturday in Britain as a number of high-speed trains were taken out of service to undergo precautionary checks for cracks. Network Rail, which runs the nation's tracks, said cracks wer...

 2021-05-08 13:15 

China Post

Maryland town hopes to restore historic blacksmith shop...

NEW MARKET, Md. (AP) — A historic blacksmith shop in New Market that appeared destined for demolition may be saved and renewed as a tourist attraction after town leaders and the property's owner dug into details of the structure's past. To t...

 2021-05-08 13:14 

China Post

50 years ago, election ushered in new era for US tribes...

Fifty years ago this week the federal government's experiment with termination was crushed at the ballot box on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington state. Termination was a policy that was designed to end the United State...

 2021-05-08 13:14 

China Post

With civil rights charges, Justice Dept. signals priorities...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is sending a strong message about its priorities these days. In just over the past two weeks, it has opened investigations of police in Louisville, Kentucky, and Minneapolis. Federal prosecutors have charged ...

 2021-05-08 13:12 

China Post

Outdoor piano brings music downtown in Virginia community...

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Where do pianos go when they aren't wanted anymore? One place now is Culpeper, which has started a program—Culpeper Keys—of positioning donated pianos outdoors around town, so anyone in the community can tickle s...

 2021-05-08 12:15 

China Post

Monument to slain Shoshone chief re-dedicated in Harrisville...

HARRISVILLE, Utah (AP) — The smell of burning sage wafted over a crowd of around 100 people gathered on Harrisville Road as Darren Parry, the former chairman of the Northwestern Band of Shoshone, invoked a blessing: "Oh Great Spirit ... let us s...

 2021-05-08 12:13 

China Post

The Latest: Pakistanis shop ahead of weeklong lockdown...

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has reported 120 deaths and 4105 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day ahead of a planned closure of all business and transport for a week starting Saturday. Before the start of the long closure, thousands in every city and town...

 2021-05-08 12:13 

China Post

LPGA Thailand: Tavatanakit holds 1-shot lead after 3 rounds...

PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) — Patty Tavatanakit struggled on the front nine but will take a one-shot lead over fellow Thai Atthaya Thitikul and German Caroline Masson into final round of the LPGA Thailand tournament. Tavatanakit recovered from her slow s...

 2021-05-08 12:13 

China Post

As India surges, Bangladesh lacks jabs, faces virus variants...

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — India's surge in coronavirus cases is having a dangerous effect on neighboring Bangladesh. Health experts warn of imminent vaccine shortages just as the country should be stepping up its vaccination drive, and as more co...

 2021-05-08 12:11 

Central News Agency

Taoyuan fines Novotel airport hotel for breaking quarantine rules - Focus Taiwan...

Taoyuan, May 8 (CNA) The Taoyuan City Department of Public Health on Saturday fined the Novotel hotel at Taoyuan International Airport NT$1.27 million (US$45,593) for hosting people in quarantine in a building not certified for that purpose....

 2021-05-08 11:19 

Central News Agency

CAL pilot's wife who has COVID-19 visited Fubon branch in Neihu - Focus Taiwan...

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) The wife of a China Airlines (CAL) pilot who has been confirmed as having COVID-19 recently visited a Taipei Fubon Bank branch in Neihu District in Taipei, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC)....

 2021-05-08 11:13 

China Post

EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab...

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union cemented its support for Pfizer-BioNTech and its novel COVID-19 vaccine technology Saturday by agreeing to a massive contract extension for a potential 1.8 billion doses through 2023. EU Commission President Ursula...

 2021-05-08 11:13 

China Post

South Africa's royal scandal: New Zulu king's claim disputed...

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A new Zulu king in South Africa was named amid scenes of chaos Friday night as other members of the royal family questioned Prince Misuzulu Zulu's claim to the title and bodyguards suddenly whisked him away from th...

 2021-05-08 11:13 

China Post

Scotland's pro-independence government close to a majority...

LONDON (AP) — Counting resumed Saturday in Scotland's parliamentary election with the governing Scottish National Party very close to securing a majority that would see it make a push for another independence referendum. With 49 constituencies c...

 2021-05-08 10:18 

Central News Agency

Taiwanese staffers in India flown back for COVID-19 treatment - Focus Taiwan...

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Two members of Taiwan's representative office in India who have been infected with COVID-19, including one in serious condition, have been flown back to Taiwan on a special medical flight to get treatment for the disease....

 2021-05-08 10:13 

China Post

EU says US stand on patent virus waiver is no 'magic bullet'...

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — European Union leaders cranked up their criticism of the U.S. call to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents Saturday, arguing the move would bring no short or midterm relief. They instead urged Washington to lift export restrictions ...

 2021-05-08 09:14 

China Post

Kansas plan could give $500M in COVID relief to businesses...

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans pushed a plan through the Kansas Legislature early Saturday that could provide roughly $500 million to small businesses to offset losses tied to state and local restrictions meant to check COVID-19's spread last y...

 2021-05-08 09:12 

Central News Agency

Hairdresser visits rural villages to give free haircuts - Focus Taiwan...

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Taipei-based hairdresser Ivy Chang () recently completed one of her twice-a-year trips to two rural villages in Hualien County that can only be reached on foot to provide free services to local residents....

 2021-05-08 08:55 

Central News Agency

Total lunar eclipse to take place May 26: CWB - Focus Taiwan...

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Astronomy buffs in Taiwan can look forward to a total lunar eclipse on May 26, which will also coincide with the fullest full moon of the year, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said earlier this week....

 2021-05-08 08:42 

Central News Agency

One more CAL pilot tests positive for COVID-19 - Focus Taiwan...

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Taiwan added five new COVID-19 cases Saturday, including a pilot with the country's flagship carrier, China Airlines (CAL), and the pilot's wife, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC)....

 2021-05-08 08:35 

Central News Agency

Coast Guard detains Chinese ship, crew for trespassing off Penghu - Focus Taiwan...

Penghu, May 8 (CNA) A Chinese offshore supply vessel and its 12 crew members were detained Friday after they were caught trespassing in Taiwanese waters off the coast of Penghu, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Saturday....

 2021-05-08 08:15 

China Post

Medics: 200 Palestinians hurt in Al-Aqsa clashes with police...

JERUSALEM (AP) — A night of heavy clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and elsewhere in Jerusalem, where tensions have soared in recent weeks, left more than 200 people wounded, the Palestinian emergency ser...

 2021-05-08 08:15 

China Post

Fireworks damage Amsterdam cafe frequented by Ajax fans...

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A blast likely caused by powerful fireworks late Friday night smashed the front window of a cafe in Amsterdam that is known as a gathering place for fans of soccer club Ajax. The incident came a day after a similar blas...

 2021-05-08 08:14 

China Post

Kansas legislators approve COVID-19 relief for businesses...

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas passed proposals by early Saturday to ban COVID-19 vaccine passports, limit efforts to track down the close contacts of people with the coronavirus and provide up to $500 million to businesses that ...

 2021-05-08 08:13 

China Post

AP PHOTOS: Spain takes vaccines to the rural homebound...

SA POBLA, Spain (AP) — While thousands flock daily to health clinics and ad-hoc vaccination points across Spain, health workers also fan out across the country to take shots to some of those who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Over a mil...

 2021-05-08 08:01 

Central News Agency

Hon Hai confirms COVID-19 cases in Chennai plant - Focus Taiwan...

New Delhi, May 8 (CNA) Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world's largest contract electronics maker, confirmed on Saturday that 10 employees at its plant in Chennai have tested positive for COVID-19....

 2021-05-08 07:48 

Central News Agency

2021 Europe Festival opens at Huashan Creative Park - Focus Taiwan...

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) The 2021 Europe Festival opened on Saturday to celebrate Europe Day and give people a taste of the continent without having to travel abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic....

 2021-05-08 07:16 

Central News Agency

Taipei launches upgraded YouBike service - Focus Taiwan...

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Bicycle-sharing system provider YouBike on Saturday opened 160 stations across Taipei equipped with an upgraded system, which features greater accessibility and more payment options, the city's Department of Transportation said....

 2021-05-08 07:14 

China Post

In the French language, steps forward and back for women...

LE PECQ, France (AP) — The fight to make the French language kinder to women took steps forward, and back, this week. Warning that the well-being of France and its future are at stake, the government banned the use in schools of a method increasingl...

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