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2021/04/02 | TNL Staff

Most Fatal Train Accident in 40 Years in Taiwan

The train, a Taroko Express Train No. 408 departing from Shulin in New Taipei City bound for Taitung on Taiwan’s east coast, derailed in the Daqingshui tunnel at around 9:35 a.m. 50 passengers have been reported dead, and 146 have been hospitalized.

2021/03/30 | TNL Staff

How Big Is the Container Ship That Blocked the Suez Canal for Nearly a Week?

The Ever Given is is one of the largest container ships in operation. But how big it exactly is?

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.

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.

2021/03/12 | TNL Staff

Is Taiwan’s Water Too Cheap?

Currently, Taiwanese people enjoy the cheapest water in Asia, with NT$9.2 charged per unit on average.

2021/03/11 | TNL Staff

Fukushima 10 Years On

Few earthquakes leave scars in the environment and society that are felt 10 years on. Not, however, for the disaster that struck Fukushima on March 11, 2011.

2021/03/09 | TNL Staff

Indigenous Hunting Rights on Trial in Taiwan

An Indigenous hunter’s legal case has taken on larger meaning as a verdict on Indigenous hunting rights writ large.

2021/03/08 | TNL Staff

Reports: Taiwan, Palau To Set up Covid-19 ‘Travel Bubble’

Local media has reported that a Taiwan-Palau travel bubble could be open as early as next week.

2021/03/06 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Health Minister Lowers Expectations on Vaccine Passports

Taiwan’s health minister suggests that the government is not easing restrictions by rolling out vaccine passports any time soon.

2021/02/26 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Secures 20 Million Vaccine Doses, First To Arrive This Quarter

In an update on Taiwan's procurement of Covid-19 vaccines, Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang defended Taiwan's late rollout.

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.

2021/01/27 | TNL Staff

Siri Is Learning Taiwanese

Apple is hiring an engineer to program Siri to “speak” Taiwanese.

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.

2021/01/21 | 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.

2021/01/14 | TNL Staff

TSMC To Boost Capital Spending To Meet Surging Demand

TSMC plans to increase capital spending on developing advanced processor technologies as demand surges.

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.

2021/01/11 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Population Shrinks for the First Time

Taiwan’s population declined for the first time in 2020, as the country struggles with one of the lowest birth rates across the world.