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2020/01/31 | Jeremy Van der Haegen

UN Aviation Agency Slammed for Excluding Taiwan From Virus Policies

Critics pointed out that Taiwan is being excluded by a UN civil aviation agency from important air safety information. The organization responded by mass blocking them.

2020/01/31 | Deutsche Welle

WHO to Hold Coronavirus Emergency Meeting

The UN health agency has called a new round of crisis talks to decide whether the coronavirus outbreak constitutes an international emergency. The body said it "regrets" previously calling the virus risk "moderate."

2020/01/29 | Deutsche Welle

Countries Evacuate Citizens From China as Coronavirus Infections Rise

Thousands of foreigners are among those quarantined in Wuhan as countries scramble to evacuate their citizens from China. The number of confirmed cases in the deadly viral outbreak has risen to nearly 6,000.

2020/01/25 | Voice of America

China Tries to Stop Spread of Virus But No Vaccine in Sight

China's all-out effort to curb the disease involves military doctors and the creation of scientific and infrastructure arrangements to deal with the challenge. However, developing a vaccine and medicine remains a challenge.

2020/01/22 | Jeremy Van der Haegen

Anxiety Heightens As Virus Spreads to Taiwan and the US

The mysterious new strain of the coronavirus has penetrated Taiwan and the United States. International health organisations urge caution.

2020/01/22 | Mongabay

Award-Winning Environmental Editor Arrested in Indonesia

Mongabay editor Philip Jacobson was detained in Indonesia on December 17, 2019 over an alleged issue with his business visa.

2020/01/21 | Deutsche Welle

China to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags and Straws

One of the world's biggest users of plastics is seriously rethinking its environment policy. Beijing hopes to cut plastic waste by 30% in five years, banning single use plastic bags and straws.

2020/01/20 | Voice of America

Chinese Health Officials Report Huge Spike in Cases of New Virus

136 new cases of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus were confirmed in Wuhan over the past three days, and officials still know very little about how it's transmitted.

2020/01/14 | Voice of America

Taiwan Elections Belie Notion of ‘Asian Value,’ Says Analyst

Taiwan’s election this week, along with South Korea’s successful democratic transition in the 1990s, challenged the notion that democracy isn't suited for Asian cultures.

2020/01/11 | Daphne K. Lee

Tsai Ing-wen Wins Major Victory in Taiwan's Presidential Election

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen will be in office for four more years.

2020/01/10 | TNL Staff

Taiwan's 2020 General Elections: Live Map and Updates

View live polling results and analyses on Taiwan's 2020 presidential and legislative elections on January 11, 2020.

2020/01/10 | Deutsche Welle

Chinese Pork Prices Doubled Ahead of New Year's Celebrations

An African swine fever outbreak has decimated China's pork stocks, keeping food prices high and contributing to overall high inflation. The high prices will make Chinese New Year's feasts more expensive.

2020/01/09 | Daphne K. Lee

KMT Official Denies Threatening Chinese Defector Wang Liqiang

KMT official Alex Tsai has denied the allegations of threatening Chinese Defector Wang Liqiang to retract his story about spying for China and blaming the DPP for having bribed him to do so.

2020/01/07 | Voice of America

Philippines Would Hurt Tourism, Ease Political Disputes by Requiring Americans to Get Visas

The Philipipnes' tourism sector would take a hit, but a visa rule for Americans would ease tension over a criminal case in Manila.

2020/01/06 | Mongabay

How a Thai Entrepreneur Turned Used Flip-Flops Into a Sustainable Business

A university team in Thailand named “Tlejourn” has created a profitable product from discarded flip-flops. Of the 5.25 trillion pieces of trash floating in the ocean, old flip-flops are one of the most commonly found items.

2020/01/03 | Deutsche Welle

Asia's Richest Man, Mukesh Ambani, Takes on Amazon With New Online Marketplace

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's foray into Indian e-commerce with an online shopping platform called JioMart is expected to take on the likes of giants such as Amazon and Flipkart in the fast expanding sector.

2020/01/02 | Daphne K. Lee

Taiwan's Election Campaigns Paused After Helicopter Crash Kills Top Military Officer

A helicopter crash on Thursday killed Taiwan's military chief of staff and seven others only days ahead of the general election. Presidential and legislative candidate have paused their campaigning activities.

2020/01/02 | Deutsche Welle

Taiwan Rejects Hong Kong Model for Unity With China

Taiwan's president has rejected a Chinese offer of a Hong Kong like model for unity with China. She said democracy and authoritarianism cannot co-exist in the same country.