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 2021-01-26 16:07 

Ecns.cn

China, New Zealand sign upgrading protocol of free trade deal...

China and New Zealand on Tuesday signed a protocol on upgrading their 12-year-old free trade agreement, which is expected to bring more benefits to the peoples of the two countries....

 2021-01-26 16:06 

Yonhap News

Trump's push for KORUS FTA revision added uncertainty to alliance: CRS...

By Byun Duk-kun WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) -- Former U.S. President Donald Trump'......

 2021-01-26 16:03 

NHK

IMF forecasts 5.5% global growth for 2021...

The International Monetary Fund forecasts the global economy will grow 5.5 percent this year, an upturn from negative territory in 2020....

 2021-01-26 16:00 

South China Morning Post

[ Hong Kong ]

The Unexpected Benefits of Distance Learning...

[Sponsored Article]Looking back, describing 2020 merely as a 'difficult' year is to understate massively the unexpected events and challenges, which every citizen across the world has had to face. All businesses and enterprises have had to re-exam...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

[ Taiwan ]

Majority against US meat with ractopamine: survey ...

The majority of people oppose imports of US meat containing ractopamine, but remain optimistic about Taiwan-US relations, survey results released yesterday by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation found. Foundation chairman Michael You () designed the q...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

[ Taiwan ]

High Court upholds not guilty verdict in OBI Pharma case ...

The High Court yesterday upheld a not-guilty ruling in an insider trading case involving OBI Pharma chairman Michael Chang () and four of the company's executives. The high court upheld the Shilin District Court's ruling in June 2019 that there wa...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

Finding a balance in recall votes ...

He was elected twice, with more than 16,000 votes each time, but on Jan. 16, 84,582 people voted to oust him in a recall vote. Could former Taoyuan city councilor Wang Hao-yu (), who left office on Friday last week, really have behaved badly enough for mo...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

[ Taiwan ]

TECO closes LA center after staffer contracts COVID-19 ...

The Culture Center of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Los Angeles is to be closed for two weeks after a staffer tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. The nine other staffers at the center...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

[ Taiwan ]

Airport operator to open new tender for Terminal 3 ...

Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) yesterday said that it would soon open a new public tender for the Terminal 3 construction project after discovering a major conflict of interest involving a bidder.The airport operator on Monday last week announc...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

[ Taiwan ]

International book exhibition holds online opening ...

Organizers of the Taipei International Book Exhibition yesterday held an online opening ceremony to launch the virtual pavilion of South Korea, the guest of honor at this year's event.Organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Taipei Book Fair Found...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

Brandon Sutter records a hat-trick for the Canucks ...

Brandon Sutter on Monday recorded a hat-trick as the Vancouver Canucks routed the Ottawa Senators 7-1.It was a much-needed victory for Vancouver, who had not won in regulation since their season opener on Jan. 13.In an arena devoid of fans, Sutter had onl...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

Mourinho hails Bale after win in FA Cup ...

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho heaped praise on Gareth Bale after the Welsh winger scored in Monday's 4-1 victory against Wycombe Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA Cup.Bale started for the first time since Dec. 23 last year and netted t...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

Virus Outbreak: Biden orders more travel restrictions, adds S Africa ...

US President Joe Biden on Monday reinstated COVID-19 travel restrictions on most non-US travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the UK and 26 European countries that allow travel across open borders.He also added South Africa to the list.White House press secreta...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

GreaTek to hike its service prices ...

GreaTek Electronics Inc () plans to raise prices by double-digit percentage points for new orders to reflect strong demand for its chip packaging and testing services, as well as increasing raw material costs, the company said yesterday."Our factory u...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

[ Taiwan ]

Foreign visitor numbers may fall below 1m this year ...

The number of international visitors is expected to fall below 1 million this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage around the world, the Tourism Bureau said yesterday.Foreign travelers to Taiwan dropped from 11.84 million in 2019 to 1.377 mill...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

Beware China’s growing influence ...

China's rise as a major global economy and military force has been marked by its desire to occupy an unchallenged position in Asia, and to redesign the existing liberal international order. For that to happen, South Asia is hugely significant for Chin...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

Taiwan’s Tai faces tough draw at the World Tour Finals ...

Badminton's world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying yesterday was handed a tough draw at Thailand's World Tour Finals, as she was bracketed with home favorite Ratchanok Intanon and Indian star P.V. Sindhu.Tai, former world champion Ratchanok and Olympic silver-m...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

[ Taiwan ]

Locally made missiles on display at air force drill ...

The air force yesterday conducted a rare public drill, loading locally made cruise missiles that reportedly can reach coastal Chinese provinces, amid an increase in military threats from Beijing.Flight personnel from the First Tactical Fighter Wing loaded...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

LeBron scores 46 as Lakers down Cavs ...

LeBron James on Monday went on tear in the fourth quarter on his former home court, scoring 23 of his 46 points to keep the Los Angeles Lakers unbeaten on the road with a 115-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.Anthony Davis added 17 points as the defend...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

AIoT market likely surpassed NT$1.4tn ...

Taiwan's artificial intelligence of things (AIoT) market might have exceeded NT$1.47 trillion (US$51.7 billion) last year and is set for fast growth this year and beyond, as 5G and other new technologies take off, National Development Council Minister...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

[ Taiwan ]

Years-old sperm used in farm breeding ...

Promotion and wider adoption of cryo storage and artificial insemination technologies can be used to conserve the diversity of species in Taiwan, the Livestock Research Institute said yesterday.Officials at the institute made the remarks at a news confere...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

Wells, desalination plant to tackle water shortage ...

The Ministry of Economic Affairs has deployed 159 emergency wells and created an emergency desalinization plant to tackle a difficult water shortage the nation is facing, Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Tseng Wen-sheng () said yesterday. The two resou...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

Virus Outbreak: Britain to assist others with tracking of variant ...

Britain would share its genomic sequencing capabilities to help quicker identify new variants of COVID-19 in nations with less ability to do so, the British Department of Health and Social Care said yesterday.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warne...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

[ Taiwan ]

HK tycoon a security risk: source ...

References to Hong Kong entertainment tycoon Charles Heung () have been found in declassified records from the now-defunct Taiwan Garrison Command, which would affect Heung's immigration application, a source said.Heung has applied for immigration on ...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

EDITORIAL: Marriage draft still excludes some ...

More than 600 days after Taiwan's landmark legalization of same-sex marriage, the government is finally addressing a longstanding issue: transnational marriages. Taiwanese still cannot legally marry a same-sex partner from a country where same-sex mar...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

Taipei Times

Virus Outbreak: NZ’s borders may stay shut for year ...

New Zealand's borders are likely to remain closed for much of the year as health officials assess global vaccine rollouts, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said yesterday.Ardern said the emergence over the weekend of New Zealand's first c...

 2021-01-26 15:59 

South China Morning Post

Xi charms Moon as China and US compete for an ally in South Korea...

Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed on Tuesday to "promote high-level exchanges" between the two countries in a development likely to be greatly scrutinised by Western powers seeking to draw Seoul into an ...

 2021-01-26 15:53 

South China Morning Post

Son of Chinese coronavirus victim wants meeting with WHO experts in Wuhan...

A relative of a coronavirus victim in China is demanding to meet a visiting World Health Organization (WHO) expert team, saying it should speak with affected families who allege they are being muffled by the Chinese government.China approved the visit by ...

 2021-01-26 15:48 

Ecns.cn

Global economic recovery remains precarious, rebound of 4.7 pct to barely offset 2020 losses: UN report...

The United Nations said on Monday that global economic recovery remains precarious in 2021 and the rebound of 4.7 percent would barely offset the losses of 2020....

 2021-01-26 15:43 

Japan Times

Lower House to OK 19 trillion extra budget despite criticism of virus measures...

Opposition lawmakers have claimed aid for medical workers and people in need is insufficient, saying funds for the Go To Travel campaign should be eliminated ......

 2021-01-26 15:43 

Japan Times

Hidemasa Morita nets winner in debut for Santa Clara...

Midfielder Hidemasa Morita made a sparkling debut for Portuguese first-division club Santa Clara on Monday, scoring the winner in the 89th minute of a 2-1 ......

 2021-01-26 15:29 

Ecns.cn

China, India hold 9th round of corps commander level meeting...

The 9th round of China-India Corps Commander Level Meeting was held on the Chinese side of the Moldo-Chushul border meeting point Sunday, according to a joint press release....

 2021-01-26 15:25 

Japan Times

New COVID-19 cases in Tokyo again jump above 1,000...

The figure comes after the capital last week revised its contact-tracing strategy to prioritize outreach to higher-risk individuals affected by the coronavirus....

 2021-01-26 15:17 

Japan Times

Biden may struggle to calibrate his Asia policy...

The first challenge for the new Biden team, made up of many veterans of the Obama administration, is to resist the instinct to resume where ......

 2021-01-26 15:16 

Central News Agency

Cabinet accepts party caucus consensus on budget cuts in Legislature - Focus Taiwan...

Taipei, Jan. 26 (CNA) The Cabinet said Tuesday that it will accept an agreed reduction of the government's proposed 2021 budget by NT$25.5 billion (US$910.13 million), after the ruling and opposition parties in the Legislature reached a consensus duri...

 2021-01-26 15:14 

China Post

EU approves more state aid to boost car batteries industry...

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has approved 2.9 billion euros in subsidies from 12 member countries for a second pan-European project to develop the electric battery industry and move away from its reliance on Asian imports.The EU's executiv...

 2021-01-26 15:14 

China Post

PepsiCo goes Beyond Meat in new partnership...

PepsiCo and Beyond Meat are creating a joint venture to develop snacks and drinks made from plant-based proteins.The companies didn't reveal what kinds of products they will make Tuesday, saying they're still in development. But the collaboration,...

 2021-01-26 15:14 

China Post

Student-run free grocery store helps feed town's hungry...

Traditional school stores might offer snacks and knickknacks, school gear and notebooks — but the one at Linda Tutt High School in Sanger, Texas, has a very different inventory and clientele.At Linda Tutt you can get everything from produce, milk an...

 2021-01-26 15:14 

China Post

Q&A: Rapper D Smoke takes patient walk to Grammy recognition...

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When D Smoke was teaching high schoolers in Southern California, the rapper still pursued his dreams of breaking through as a hip-hop artist while leaning on the encouraging phrase: "There's no expiration on realness."...

 2021-01-26 15:14 

China Post

Review: Ani Di Franco makes the political personal on album...

Ani Di Franco, "Revolutionary Love" (Righteous Babe Records)Pioneering folkie activist Ani Di Franco is a standout instrumentalist whose guitar could kill fascists. Alas, on "Revolutionary Love," her six-string doesn't play a major rol...

 2021-01-26 15:13 

South China Morning Post

Facebook News launches in Britain as company eyes investments in news...

Facebook has rolled out the Facebook News feature for users across the United Kingdom, the only destination outside the United States to get the feature.Facebook News comes as a tab in the Android or iOS version of the Facebook app that will feature news ...

 2021-01-26 15:06 

Ecns.cn

Japan to conduct 'long overdue' mass COVID-19 tests as total infections near 370,000...

Japan on Monday confirmed 2,764 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country's total number of infections to 369,197 as the government gears up to conduct "long overdue" mass random PCR tests....

 2021-01-26 15:00 

South China Morning Post

Climate change offers US and China a chance to cooperate. Will they take it?...

China could offer to transfer technology and give financial help to poor countries in a joint effort to fight climate change with the US, Chinese observers have said.Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden has made the fight against climate change one of hi...

 2021-01-26 14:56 

Central News Agency

Costco Taiwan to cut table, seat numbers over COVID-19 concerns - Focus Taiwan...

Taipei, Jan. 26 (CNA) Costco Taiwan will from Wednesday cut the number of tables and seats in their dining areas by half at all of its 14 stores across Taiwan as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, the global retailer said Tuesday....

 2021-01-26 14:54 

Japan Times

Downtown Osaka land prices dive as pandemic takes toll...

The land prices were apparently affected by a tumble in the number of inbound tourists....

 2021-01-26 14:50 

Ecns.cn

TCM integrated into treatment of confirmed COVID-19 cases in China's Heilongjiang...

TCM has been integrated into the treatment of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in China's Heilongjiang Province, which has seen a rebound in the coronavirus outbreak, local authorities said Saturday....

 2021-01-26 14:46 

Central News Agency

More than 37% of vendors unlawfully sell cigarettes to teens: report - Focus Taiwan...

Taipei, Jan. 26 (CNA) Teenagers in Taiwan can easily buy cigarettes at 37.1 percent of stores across the country that sell the item, even though it is illegal, a government commissioned report that inspected 660 businesses has found....

 2021-01-26 14:40 

Ecns.cn

Russian company tests flying taxi...

At the size of a standard sedan car (5 m x 1.6 m), the flying vehicle that can transport passengers and cargo....

 2021-01-26 14:39 

South China Morning Post

[ Hong Kong ]

National security law: Chinese state-run media blasts new Hong Kong Bar Association head for two days in a row over comments...

Beijing's state-run media has hit out at the new head of the Hong Kong Bar Association for the second day in a row, accusing him of having "lost professionalism and rationality" over remarks suggesting he would seek changes to the city's n...

 2021-01-26 14:39 

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Chinese human rights lawyers repeat campaign to honour Wuhan whistle-blower Li Wenliang...

A group of Chinese human rights lawyers have revived a campaign to honour the Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang, who was disciplined for warning colleagues about the Covid-19 outbreak before dying of the disease.The group, a loosely organised online chat group whi...

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