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 2020-02-26 16:17 

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Virus Outbreak: Countries scramble as coronavirus spreads from Italy...

Governments worldwide yesterday were scrambling to prevent the spread of COVID-19 after fresh infections emerged linked to European hotspot Italy amid dire warnings that countries are not ready to contain the outbreak....

 2020-02-26 16:17 

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Togo hedges its bets on solar energy for its rural poor...

Not so long ago, whenever he wanted to watch a soccer match or recharge his mobile phone, Ousmane Kantcho had to go "into town" — a 15km ride by bicycle on bad roads in the savannah....

 2020-02-26 16:17 

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Lawyer complains of prison's treatment of Assange...

A lawyer for Julian Assange on Tuesday complained that the WikiLeaks frontman was handcuffed 11 times, stripped naked twice and had court papers taken away on the first day of a hearing on his extradition to the US....

 2020-02-26 16:17 

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Sanders roughed up, but hits back in lively debate...

Democratic White House hopefuls on Tuesday rounded on the party's leftist frontrunner, US Senator Bernie Sanders, during a feisty debate, attacking him as too extreme for US voters and a flawed challenger to US President Donald Trump....

 2020-02-26 16:17 

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Virus Outbreak: Tsai halts preparations for her inauguration...

President Tsai Ing-wen () yesterday announced that she had suspended preparations for her inauguration ceremony, saying that she would not hold a large assembly amid fears of COVID-19 contagion....

 2020-02-26 16:17 

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Virus Outbreak: Three questioned, face charges for spreading rumors...

Police have questioned a woman who disseminated a video of bats nesting in roofs, as well as the leaders of a fringe political party who said that a COVID-19 outbreak would kill half of Taiwan's population, as authorities cracked down on people who sp...

 2020-02-26 16:17 

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Facing climate change, Colombia's farmers befriend nature...

Forced to leave his small farm a decade ago to escape the worst floods in Colombia's recent history, Manuel Jimenez knows the destruction torrential rains can inflict only too well....

 2020-02-26 16:17 

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White Terror database released...

Chiang Kai-shek () presided over 3,195 military court cases during the White Terror era, the most on record, the Transitional Justice Commission said yesterday as the Taiwan Transitional Justice Database went online....

 2020-02-26 16:17 

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The Liberty Times Editorial: Keeping a safe distance from China...

The cover of Bloomberg Businessweek published on Monday last week reads like a package handling sticker: "Fragile China," with depictions of four major issues that Beijing would prefer not to deal with — a coronavirus, debt burden, trade dis...

 2020-02-26 16:17 

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EDITORIAL: KMT structure impedes reform...

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) members are to choose a new party chair on Saturday next week in a contest between former Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin () and KMT Legislator Johnny Chiang ()....

 2020-02-26 16:17 

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Virus Outbreak: Hong Kong banks face outbreak toll...

Hong Kong's banks face at least two quarters of worsening asset quality and slowing loan growth as the coronavirus outbreak hits trade and consumer banking, analysts and bankers said....

 2020-02-26 16:17 

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The new coronavirus might be 'disease X' WHO warned about...

The WHO years ago cautioned that a mysterious "disease X" could spark an international contagion. The new coronavirus, with its ability to quickly morph from mild to deadly, is emerging as a contender....

 2020-02-26 16:17 

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Delhi curfew call after 20 die in clashes...

Riot police yesterday patrolled the streets of Delhi and the city's leader called for a curfew following battles between Hindus and Muslims that claimed at least 20 lives....

 2020-02-26 16:17 

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Duffy says she was raped, drugged and held captive...

The Welsh singer Duffy on Tuesday attributed her long musical hiatus to a violent assault that saw her "raped and drugged and held captive over some days."...

 2020-02-26 16:17 

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GlobalWafers, GlobalFoundries sign memorandum...

GlobalWafers Co () has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with US-based contract chipmaker GlobalFoundries Inc to expand cooperation in wafer development....

 2020-02-26 16:16 

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Hotels cut room rates as virus chills business...

More Taiwanese hotels and restaurants have begun to offer cutthroat discounts to attract customers as COVID-19 concerns are chilling business....

 2020-02-26 16:16 

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Air New Zealand unveils bed pods...

Air New Zealand Ltd yesterday announced it could have flat beds in economy for some of its long-haul flights, but it would be more than a year before customers have the chance to sleep in one of the new pod beds....

 2020-02-26 16:16 

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Iger steps aside as CEO...

Walt Disney Co on Tuesday said that chief executive officer Bob Iger was handing off the top executive post after building the media-entertainment powerhouse into the undisputed Hollywood leader....

 2020-02-26 16:16 

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HK signals record budget deficit, planning handouts...

Hong Kong yesterday unveiled a record budget deficit, pledging cash handouts to residents and business tax breaks to soften the blow to the recession-hit economy from often-violent protests and the COVID-19 outbreak....

 2020-02-26 16:16 

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Desert locusts spread to DR Congo...

A small group of desert locusts has entered the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), marking the first time the voracious insects have been seen in the African nation since 1944, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday, as U...

 2020-02-26 16:16 

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Euthanasia ban needs to be re-evaluated: minister...

A ban on euthanizing healthy stray animals, which has been in place for three years, needs to be re-evaluated to see whether it really improves animal welfare, Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung () said yesterday....

 2020-02-26 16:16 

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Sales of FX insurance policies fall...

First-year premiums (FYPs) of foreign-currency insurance policies last year declined 16 percent year-on-year to NT$518.85 billion (US$17.08 billion) due to lower investment returns and interest rates, the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) said on Tue...

 2020-02-25 16:11 

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Democratic hopefuls try to slow Sanders' momentum...

Worried Democrats on Monday intensified their assault against the party's presidential front-runner, US Senator Bernie Sanders, as he marched toward South Carolina's weekend primary eyeing a knockout blow....

 2020-02-25 16:11 

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TSMC plans to add more than 4,000 new workers...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, ), the world's largest contract chipmaker, yesterday said that it plans to hire more than 4,000 new staff this year as it gears up to develop high-end processes....

 2020-02-25 16:11 

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Billion-year-old Chinese seaweed found...

Scientists have spotted in rocks from northern China what might be the oldest fossils of a green plant ever found, tiny seaweed that carpeted areas of the seafloor about 1 billion years ago and were part of a primordial revolution among life on Earth....

 2020-02-25 16:11 

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CTBC to deploy NTU's AI tech to improve services...

CTBC Bank () and National Taiwan University (NTU) on Monday signed a NT$10 million (US$328,926) deal to utilize the school's artificial intelligence (AI) technology to enhance the firm's consumer banking services....

 2020-02-25 16:11 

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Micro-pollution ravaging China, South Asia: study...

Nearly 90 percent of the 200 cities beset by the world's highest levels of deadly micro-pollution are in China and India, with most of the rest in Pakistan and Indonesia, researchers said yesterday....

 2020-02-25 16:11 

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Virus outbreak: Ko visits school as classes resume...

As students nationwide returned to school yesterday, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je () visited Taipei Municipal Shezi Elementary School to inspect disease-prevention measures and suggested that parents should take their children's temperature before they leav...

 2020-02-25 16:11 

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Australia spy chief reveals infiltration...

Australia is under an "unprecedented" threat of foreign espionage and interference, one of the country's most senior spy chiefs said in a rare speech, citing the case of a "sleeper agent" who spent years building business links....

 2020-02-25 16:11 

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UPS opens logistics service facility near airport in Taoyuan...

UPS International Inc Taiwan Branch () yesterday launched its new logistics service center in Taoyuan, which is expected to boost its storage capacity by 30 percent, the company said....

 2020-02-25 16:11 

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Virus outbreak: Su urges postponing pilgrimages...

With the traditional period for the annual pilgrimages dedicated to the goddess Matsu approaching, Premier Su Tseng-chang () yesterday said that he had instructed Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung () to ask organizers to postpone such events amid conc...

 2020-02-25 16:11 

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Virus outbreak: Don't forget mental healthcare: experts...

Experts from the Mental Health Association in Taiwan and other groups yesterday stressed the importance of maintaining mental health amid the spread of COVID-19, saying that there is "no health without mental health."...

 2020-02-25 16:11 

Taipei Times

Mahathir bolstered, despite turmoil...

Rival political factions yesterday competed to win favor with Mahathir Mohamad after he plunged Malaysia into political turmoil by resigning as prime minister, reinforcing the likelihood that his shock move would strengthen his power....

 2020-02-25 16:11 

Taipei Times

Walsin's pretax profit tumbles 30.43%...

Passive components maker Walsin Technology Corp () yesterday reported that pretax profit last quarter dropped 30.43 percent to NT$1.44 billion (US$47.37 million), from NT$2.07 billion the previous quarter, due to lower prices....

 2020-02-25 16:11 

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Virus Outbreak: Deaths outside China increase pandemic fears...

Fresh deaths and a surge in new COVID-19 cases in Iran, Japan and South Korea yesterday fueled fears of a pandemic, as the disease took root in some of the world's poorest, and worst-equipped, countries....

 2020-02-25 16:11 

Taipei Times

Wholesale, retail revenue diverge...

The wholesale sector saw sales decrease 12.6 percent year-on-year last month due to the impact of the Lunar New Year holiday, while the retail and food and beverage sectors posted increases of 2.5 percent and 17.5 percent respectively, the Ministry of Eco...

 2020-02-25 16:11 

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Virus outbreak: MAC urged to find Taiwanese who left Wuhan on Monday...

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) must determine the number and identity of people holding Republic of China (ROC) passports who left Wuhan during a temporary lifting of the city's lockdown on Monday, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators sa...

 2020-02-25 16:10 

Taipei Times

Virus exacting growing economic toll...

For big business, the effects of an outbreak of COVID-19 in China are exacting a growing toll worldwide....

 2020-02-25 16:10 

Taipei Times

Deadly riots during Trump visit...

India yesterday rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on the second day of a visit high on spectacular optics, but deadly unrest exposed religious tensions that his host is accused of stoking....

 2020-02-25 16:10 

Taipei Times

Virus outbreak: S Korea to test more than 200,000 church members...

South Korean health authorities yesterday said that they aim to test more than 200,000 members of a church at the center of a surge of new COVID-19 cases that has taken the country's tally to 893....

 2020-02-25 16:10 

Taipei Times

It is time to prepare for community infections...

Taiwan's 24th COVID-19 case, confirmed on Wednesday last week, is a woman who has not traveled overseas in the past two years. The 19th confirmed case was a taxi driver who had also not been overseas recently and was possibly infected by a Taiwanese b...

 2020-02-25 16:10 

Taipei Times

HIV-positive SA women bullied into sterilization...

Dozens of HIV-positive South African women have been sterilized without consent or after being pressured to agree just before giving birth, sometimes being told while in pain on their way to the operating theater, a report published on Monday found....

 2020-02-25 16:10 

Taipei Times

Chinese businesses waking up to world's biggest gay economy...

The growing popularity of online gay-friendly adverts in China shows business is waking up to the "pink yuan" and more liberal attitudes among young people, but the government remains unmoved....

 2020-02-25 16:10 

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Virus outbreak: MOTC urged to help settle disputes...

Travel agents yesterday urged the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) to help resolve their disputes with tourists as more people are canceling their travel plans due to the growing number of COVID-19 infections in other countries....

 2020-02-25 16:10 

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'Taiwan's Rachmaninoff' celebrated in exhibition...

An exhibition that opened on Monday in Taipei commemorates Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao (, 1938-2015) by recounting his legacy and showcasing his belongings....

 2020-02-25 16:10 

Taipei Times

Taiwanese are all in this together...

There is a saying that a government trains an army for 1,000 days to be able to respond to a sudden, urgent need. This is a very good way to describe the function of the National Health Insurance Administration's (NHIA) NHI-MediCloud system and the he...

 2020-02-25 16:10 

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Virus outbreak: Airlines adjust South Korea schedules...

Many airlines are adjusting or temporarily suspending flights to South Korea and offering free refunds for booked flights after the government on Monday announced new entry restrictions on travelers arriving from that country....

 2020-02-25 16:10 

Taipei Times

Afraid of being shunned, some Jews lead a double life...

As the men wearing long black coats approached, Shmuel, a lapsed member of Israel's Orthodox Jewish community, lowered his head to avoid being recognized....

 2020-02-25 16:10 

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Virus outbreak: Special COVID-19 act passed, ratified...

Lawmakers passed the Special Act on COVID-19 Prevention, Relief and Restoration () yesterday, providing for a NT$60 billion (US$1.97 billion) special budget to help businesses and workers, and it was immediately sent to the Presidential Office, where Pres...

 2020-02-25 16:10 

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Convicted Weinstein led away in cuffs...

Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault against two women and led off to prison in handcuffs on Monday in what his foes hailed as a landmark moment for the legal system and a long-overdue reckoning for the man v...

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