Google to buy part of Taiwan smartphone maker HTC for $1.1B

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:28 AM

(UPDATED) The agreement will give Google more control of its mobile handset hardware as it seeks to bolster its presence in a market dominated by Apple and Samsung

This photo taken on June 6, 2014 shows a man walks past a billboard showing the latest HTC M8 smartphone in Taipei. Sam Yeh/AFP

Samurai sword attack outside Taiwan presidential office

Aug 18, 2017 - 6:10 PM

The Taiwanese man who was arrested at the scene says he was expressing his political views and had stolen the sword from a nearby history museum

SAMURAI SWORD ATTACK. A suspect identified only by his family name Lu (C), is escorted by policemen at a local police bureau in Taipei on August 18, 2017, after he was suspected of slashing a police guard with a Samurai sword at the Presidential Palace. Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP

Taiwan urges restraint after China plane enters defense zone

Aug 15, 2017 - 11:37 PM

Taiwan scrambles aircraft to monitor the Chinese planes each time they have flown near the island

Taiwan protes ke Indonesia karena deportasi warganya ke Tiongkok

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:52 PM

Empat warga Taiwan ikut terjaring dalam tindak kejahatan siber internasional di Indonesia

WARGA ASING. Polisi menggiring warga negara asing yang diduga terlibat kejahatan siber atau "Cyber Crime" saat dipindahkan ke Jakarta dari Mapolda Bali, Senin, 31 Juli. Foto oleh Nyoman Budhiana/ANTARA

Taiwan protests Indonesia deportations of suspects to China

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:50 PM

The move comes days after Indonesian police said they had busted a sprawling 450 million cyber fraud ring targeting wealthy businessmen and politicians in China

Terlibat penipuan internasional, 153 WNA akan dideportasi

Jul 31, 2017 - 6:49 PM

Mereka nanti diproses hukum di Tiongkok dan Taiwan

Sejumlah warga negara asing terduga kasus penipuan menunggu diperikasa saat penggrebekan di Nusa Dua, Bali, Sabtu (29/7). Foto oleh Wira Suryantala/ANTARA

Taiwan hit by 2nd storm after Nesat injures 111

Jul 31, 2017 - 12:55 AM

It is the first time in 50 years that Taiwan has issued warnings for two such storms together

A woman walks past damaged tree leaves on the street in New Taipei City after Typhoon Nesat slashed Taiwan on July 30, 2017.  Taiwan suffered flooding, widespread power outages and winds of over a hundred miles a hour as it was battered by its first typhoon of the year. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

Floods and power outages as Taiwan battered by Typhoon Nesat

Jul 29, 2017 - 11:48 AM

2nd UPDATE More than 10 000 people have to be evacuated with 4 564 soldiers deployed for disaster relief

TYPHOON HITS TAIWAN. Residents walk against the wind as Typhoon Nesat hits New Taipei City in northern Taiwan on July 29, 2017. Sam Yeh/AFP

Thousands protest to call against curbing incense burning in Taiwan

Jul 23, 2017 - 9:39 PM

The government earlier called to curb incense burning after their monitoring found alarming level of harmful microscopic particles

China slams U.S. defense bill over Taiwan provision

Jul 17, 2017 - 9:03 PM

China firmly opposes any forms of official exchange and military contact between the US and Taiwan foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang tells reporters

Gilas fends off Chinese Taipei B to sweep hosts

Jul 17, 2017 - 5:01 PM

The Philippines picks up its second win of the 2017 William Jones Cup

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Mike Myers puts up a double-double effort to help Gilas Pilipinas secure their second win of the 2017 William Jones Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Chinese Taipei B - Jones Cup 2017

Jul 16, 2017 - 11:56 PM

Gilas Pilipinas will try to sweep the hosts when they take on Chinese Taipei B on Monday July 17 in Taipei at 3 pm

WATCH: Kiefer Ravena unleashes 'The Phenom' at Jones Cup

Jul 16, 2017 - 11:10 PM

Ravena finishes with 15 points 8 rebounds and 4 assists

PHENOM. Kiefer Ravena sparks Gilas Pilipinas in a huge win versus host Chinese Taipei A. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas regains bearings in Jones Cup with win over Taiwan Blue

Jul 16, 2017 - 9:30 PM

The Philippines now holds a 1 1 record in the tournament

1-1. Gilas Pilipinas gets on the winning column of the 2017 William Jones Cup after beating Chinese Taipei A. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

The week in photos: July 8-14, 2017

Jul 15, 2017 - 9:30 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People cool off in a swimming pool in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province on July 12, 2017.  The summer heatwave is forecast to continue and expand over more of the country, with people being warned to protect themselves from the sun. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT

Taiwan lawmakers go for the jugular in parliament brawl

Jul 13, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Two Taiwanese lawmakers try to choke each other during a brawl in parliament over controversial legislation

PARLIAMENTARY BRAWL. Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Hsu Shu-hua (C, facing camera) brawls with ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chu Yi-ying (front C, in grey) during a review of a major infrastructure project at the Parliament in Taipei on July 13, 2017. Sam Yeh/AFP

South Korea, China top list of Boracay arrivals in first half of 2017

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The total number of tourists to Boracay hits 1 107 167 – a 13 increase from 2016 figures

FAVORITE DESTINATION. A tourist enjoys kite boarding in the waters of Boracay island. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Washington approves $1.3-B arms sale to Taiwan

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:57 PM

Taiwan thanks the US for its continued commitment under the legislation and says the deal increases Taiwan’s confidence and ability to maintain the status quo of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait

ARMS SALE. Donald Trump's administration has approved $1.3 billion worth of arms sales to Taiwan. Trump file photo from courtesy of CBS News; Tsai file photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan offers cancer treatment to China dissident Liu

Jun 28, 2017 - 3:23 PM

The offer comes a day after China rejected criticism over its treatment of Liu as the United States urges Beijing to give the paroled activist freedom to move

NOBEL AWARDEE. In this file photo, a man walks in front of a poster of Chinese dissident and peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo at an exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, December 9, 2010. Odd Andersen/File/AFP

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan, switches to China

Jun 13, 2017 - 10:50 AM

After decades of siding with Taiwan Panama now recognizes that there is only one China in the world and that Taiwan is part of Chinese territory

One dead, two missing as Taiwan battles floods

Jun 02, 2017 - 5:44 PM

UPDATED Cars homes and businesses are left underwater after 600 millimeters of rain falls in under 11 hours in some areas

TAIWAN FLOODING. Heavy rain caused flooding in Jinshan, New Taipei City on June 2, 2017.  Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan acquits 2 over deadly 2014 TransAsia crash

Jun 02, 2017 - 3:11 PM

The main cause of the accident was because the flight crew did not follow the standard landing procedures the Penghu district court says in a statement

OVER 2 YEARS AFTER. In thisl file photo, a local resident walks past the tail section of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 as rescue workers and firefighters search through the wreckage the morning after it crashed near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2014. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan backlash over Emirates flag ban

May 31, 2017 - 3:35 PM

A leaked internal email apparently from an Emirates manager and circulated by local media ordered Taiwanese airline staff to replace the island s flag pin worn on their waistcoats with a Chinese pin

UP IN THE AIR. In this file photo, Emirates Airlines flight attendants serve passengers during a demonstration flight of the Boeing 777 long-haul aircraft in Dubai, 07 September 2007.  Karim Sahib/AFP

Taiwan war games simulate China invasion

May 25, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The annual drills are Taiwan s biggest military exercise and mocked up a scenario in which Chinese troops launched an amphibious assault

WAR GAMES. Domestically produced RT-2000 rockets are launched during the "Han Kuang" (Han Glory) life-fire drill, some 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the city of Magong on the outlying Penghu islands on May 25, 2017. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan top court rules in favor of gay marriage

May 24, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Taiwan s constitutional court gives the government two years to implement the ruling

A LANDMARK DECISION. Same-sex activists hug outside the parliament in Taipei on May 24, 2017 as they celebrate the landmark decision paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hope in Taiwan ahead of landmark gay marriage ruling

May 22, 2017 - 1:17 PM

Taiwan is seen as one of the most progressive societies in the region when it comes to gay rights Momentum is gathering since President Tsai Ing wen – who has openly supported marriage equality – came to power last May

FOR GAY RIGHTS. This picture taken on May 19, 2017 shows Taiwanese gay rights campaigner Chi Chia-wei, 59, posing for a photograph with a flag during an exhibition in Taipei. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Barred from WHO meeting, Taiwan urges global 'pressure' on China

May 22, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Taiwan does not receive an invitation to the World Health Assembly in Geneva for the first time in 8 years

Taiwan's Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (L) looks to a document with an assistant on May 21, 2017 in Geneva. Taiwan said it had been excluded from a major World Health Organisation meeting, the World Health Assembly (WHA), for the first time in eight years and blamed rival China for the snub as relations worsen. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI

Taiwan ready to lose P400M a year over Filipinos' visa-free entry

May 20, 2017 - 7:50 PM

I believe Taiwan should be discovered because Taiwan has been overlooked for so long Taiwan s representative in the Philippines says

TRADEMARK TAIWAN. A tourist walks past the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei on May 18, 2017. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan man arrested over public beheading of sister

May 18, 2017 - 4:29 PM

The 54 year old man identified by his family name Lin beheads his sister with a kitchen knife outside their home in southern Kaohsiung city after an argument police say


Taiwan sees fewer tourists as Chinese stay away

May 17, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Increases from other areas including Southeast Asia are not enough to offset the steep fall in Chinese visitors

Protesters display a placard during a demonstration in Taipei on September 12, 2016. Thousands of tourism industry workers took to the street in Taiwan September 12, demanding the government to address a slump in visitors from China as cross-strait ties deteriorate. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano answers questions from members of the media during an ambush interview following the recommendation by the Commission on Appointments Foreign Affairs Committee of his confirmation as DFA Secretary at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on Wednesday. Photo by Lito Boras

Taiwan reschedules visa-free entry for Filipinos

May 16, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Taiwan s visa free privilege for Filipinos will begin in September instead of June this year

VISITING TAIWAN. Tourists walk past an official tourism advertisement on arrival at Taoyuan airport, northern Taiwan, on April 27, 2011. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

PH golfer Miguel Tabuena scores first career albatross in Taiwan

Apr 30, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Tabuena hit his first ever albatross with a 6 iron on the par 5 13th hole for a 6 under 66 at the National Golf Country Club

ALBATROSS. Miguel Tabuena fires his first career albatross in Taiwan. An albatross is the term used to indicate 3 under par, or when a golfer obtains a score 3 strokes below for a hole. File Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Beijing gloats over Trump Taiwan snub

Apr 28, 2017 - 3:39 PM

UPDATED President Donald Trump says he does not want to risk his newfound personal relationship with China s president Xi Jinping

ONE CHINA? During a recent telephone call, President-elect Donald Trump and President Tsai Ing-wen discuss 'the close economic, political, and security ties' between Taiwan and the United States. File photos by Sam Yeh/AFP; Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

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Taiwan bans eating dogs and cats

Apr 12, 2017 - 2:46 PM

Like some other Asian nations dog consumption was common in Taiwan decades ago and although it is much rarer now

PROTECTED BY LAW. Offenders found to possess cat or dog meat face a fine of up to Tw$250,000 ($8,170).

Taiwan ex-leader Ma found not guilty in leaks case

Mar 28, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Former president Ma Ying jeou will face a new trial after state prosecutors brought fresh leaks charges against him earlier this month

NOT GUILTY. In this file photo, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou waves to his ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party colleagues after resigning as chairman in Taipei on December 3, 2014. Sam Yeh/ AFP

Taiwan court hears landmark gay marriage case

Mar 24, 2017 - 3:02 PM

Taiwan is considered progressive on many issues including gay rights but its roots in Confucianism translate into a strong sense of adherence to traditional mores

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. The hearing comes after the first draft of a bill to legalize gay marriage was passed by Taiwan's parliament in December. File photo from Shutterstock

China aims advanced DF-16 missiles at Taiwan – minister

Mar 20, 2017 - 7:26 PM

The announcement comes after Taiwan said for the first time last week that it is capable of launching missiles at China as it warned of an increased invasion risk

DF-16. China aims its Dongfeng 16 missiles at Taiwan. Photo of DF-16 missile by IceUnshattered from Wikipedia.

Taiwan detains China student for alleged espionage

Mar 10, 2017 - 10:06 PM

It is the latest in a string of espionage cases and comes as ties are increasingly frosty between Taipei and Beijing

China's premier rules out Taiwan, Hong Kong independence

Mar 05, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Li Keqiang: People on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should keep in mind the greater interests of the nation

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers his report during the opening session of the National People's Congress, China's legislature, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on March 5, 2017. Wang Zhao/AFP

Hugh Jackman tries stinky tofu in Taiwan

Feb 28, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Hear Hugh Jackman speak Mandarin and see him at the market where he tried stinky tofu

HUGH JACKMAN. Australian actor Hugh Jackman laughs during a press conference for the film 'Logan' in Taipei on February 28, 2017. Earlier on his trip to Taipei, Hugh tried the local dish stinky tofu. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Aktor Taiwan akan berikan warisan ratusan juta rupiah bagi TKI yang merawatnya

Feb 28, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Seorang caregiver bernama Yule akan diberi harta warisan senilai NT 2 juta atau setara Rp 858 juta

AMBIL FOTO. Tower 101, ikon kota Taiwan tengah diabadikan oleh seorang turis pada 25 Februari 2013. Foto oleh Mandy Cheng/AFP

Ketika menjadi TKI tidak menghentikan mimpi

Feb 27, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Aku gak ingin selamanya jadi BMI Aku harus naik level berikutnya

TAMAT SARJANA. Ana (jilbab pink) dan buruh migran Indonesia lainnya berpose seusai menamatkan studi di Universitas Terbuka (UT) Taiwan. Foto dari Setyana.

China says ready to engage US as envoys meet

Feb 18, 2017 - 1:48 PM

China Foreign Minister Wang Yi says the two countries should increase communication and cooperation to ensure greater development of bilateral relations during Trump s presidency

READY TO ENGAGE. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech on the first day of the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, southern Germany, on February 17, 2017. Photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

28 feared dead in Taiwan bus crash – fire department

Feb 13, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The passengers had been returning from a trip to a farm in central Taichung when the bus came off the road in eastern Taipei local media reports

Shallow quake hits southern Taiwan – USGS

Feb 11, 2017 - 11:02 AM

There are no reported deaths following Saturday s moderate 5 6 magnitude earthquake

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