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2020/12/31 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Tightens Border Control After Reporting First Case of Covid-19 Variant

Taiwan's government announced foreign visitors will not be allowed to enter Taiwan from January 1, in response to the first case of the British variant of Covid-19.

2021/03/19 | TNL Staff

Taiwan To Start Inoculations With AstraZeneca’s Vaccine as Early as Next Week

Chen said medical workers are the first group to be vaccinated, and around 60,000 are in line to receive the jab.

2019/08/28 | TNL Staff

Taipei-Based Mobile Only Accelerator Graduates Its 7th Cohort of Asia-Pacific Startups

The SOSV-backed accelerator graduates a new cohort of global startups pioneering health tech, education, fintech, social commerce and entertainment.

2020/12/01 | TNL Staff

New Rules for Overseas Taiwanese on Health Insurance Proposed

The new rules, as a part of the government's efforts to reduce the long-run deficit in the budget for the national healthcare system, are expected to affect more than 170,000 Taiwanese people living abroad.

2019/10/23 | TNL Staff

Stroll Around Yilan for a Weekend Getaway From Taipei

Yilan is only a two-hour drive from Taipei but provides a completely different experience from the bustling capital city.

2021/04/30 | TNL Staff

Water Supply Suspension in Central Taiwan To Continue Despite Recent Rainfall

The long-waited rain has temporarily eased pressure on the water supply, but the suspension in central Taiwan is likely to continue.

2020/03/02 | TNL Staff

Indonesia Expands Textile Production, Claiming Sustainability

Indonesia opened its largest manufacturing plant for viscose, a type of fabric made from trees. The plant claims to be working towards sustainable fashion.

2021/01/06 | TNL Staff

New Taiwan Dollar Hits New High Since 1997

On Tuesday, the New Taiwan Dollar breached the NT$28 mark per greenback within minutes after trading opened.

2020/11/11 | TNL Staff

US, Taiwan To Hold Economic Dialogue This Month

A bilateral dialogue between the U.S. and Taiwan on economic prosperity, led by Keith Krach, the top economic diplomat who visited Taiwan in September, will take place on November 20.

2021/01/12 | TNL Staff

Hospital Evacuation After Two Local Infections Confirmed

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung announced today two cases of local Covid-19 infections. A physician contracted the virus from a patient and passed it to a nurse.

2021/01/22 | TNL Staff

Plan for Digital ID Card Suspended Amid Controversy

A plan to issue digital identification cards in July was suspended until a special law has been established to govern the matter.

2021/02/05 | TNL Staff

Guyana Reneges on Taiwan Office Plan

Guyana terminated agreement with Taiwan to open representative office less than a day after Taiwan announced the plan.

2021/03/16 | TNL Staff

IOC Turns Down Calls for Boycott of Beijing Olympics

The IOC chief opposes a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, saying it only hurts athletes.

2020/11/23 | TNL Staff

Chen Shu-Fang, Mo Tzu-Yi Biggest Winners at Golden Horse 2020

Chen Shu-fang, starring in Dear Tenant and Little Big Women, is the first actress to win awards for both the best leading and supporting actresses at a time since the Golden Horse Awards started in 1962.

2018/12/28 | TNL Staff

Thailand Becomes First Southeast Asian Country to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Medical cannabis is being legalized in what the Thai government calls a 'New Year's gift' to the people.

2021/01/21 | TNL Staff

The Magician on the Skywalk: A Magical Realist Lens on Taiwan

The Magician on the Skywalk, a television series based on Wu Ming-yi’s work with the same name, is scheduled to be aired in February.

2020/02/26 | TNL Staff

A Coffee Shop Guide to Hsinchu, Taiwan's Fika Capital

Hsinchu perhaps deserves the nickname "Taiwan's fika capital," perfect for coffee lovers who like to enjoy a cozy afternoon.

2020/11/09 | TNL Staff

New Art Museum Opens in Chiayi To Reconstruct Taiwan's Art History

The Chiayi Art Museum is a part of Taiwan’s plan to reconstruct the island’s history of art.