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Taiwan’s U.S. Friendship Comes With Benefits — And China’s Wrath

Two senior U.S. officials have visited Taiwan since August, one to discuss the pandemic and the other to attend a funeral. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Undersecretary of State Keith Krach were the highest-ranking U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan on business since 1979, when Washington cut relations with Taipei and recognized …

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Taiwan Says It won’t be Intimidated by China’s ‘Hooligan’ Diplomats

TAIPEI — Taiwan will not be intimidated by China’s “hooligan” officials and will continue to celebrate its national day around the world, the government said on Tuesday, after Taiwan said Chinese diplomats had tried to charge into a diplomatic event in Fiji. Taiwan’s charges, including that a Taiwanese diplomat ended up in hospital after the …

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For Fans Hungry For Baseball, Taiwanese Announcer Made Right Call In Unusual Season

When Major League Baseball announced on March 12 that it was suspending spring training due to the spread of the coronavirus, Richard Wang’s first thought was, OK, this may be a very slow year. Since 2014, Wang has been one of the voices of Fox Sports Taiwan, calling MLB games in Mandarin Chinese from his …

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French Police Raid Islamic Associations after Teacher Beheading in Paris

French police on Monday raided Islamic associations and probed foreigners suspected of holding extremist religious beliefs — three days after teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded outside his school in a Paris suburb. Paty, 47, was murdered in broad daylight Friday by Abdoulakh Anzorov, 18, a Chechen refugee granted a 10-year residency in France this past …

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Armenia, Azerbaijan say Nagorno-Karabakh Truce Fails to Hold

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a Russia-brokered cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting Saturday, but immediately accused each other of derailing the deal intended to end the worst outbreak of hostilities in the separatist region in more than a quarter-century. The two sides traded blame for breaking the truce that took effect at noon (0800 GMT) with …

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Democrats See Fundraising Boom Following Wild Debate between Trump and Biden

Joe Biden and his party scored a huge fundraising windfall during and after Tuesday night’s acrimonious debate with President Donald Trump. The Democratic fundraising website ActBlue processed close to $8 million between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET, according to the site’s live ticker. By 9:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, it showed that, since the start …

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Chinese Authorities Threatened to Detain ABC Journalist’s 14-year-old Daughter

An ABC journalist has broken his silence on how he and his family were intimidated by Chinese authorities in 2018, including a warning that his 14-year-old daughter might be taken away to an undisclosed location. Matthew Carney, the ABC’s former China bureau chief, said he feared “serious trouble” when he and his wife were told …

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Hong Kong Opposition Activist Denied Bail after being Charged with Sedition

Hong Kong People Power activist Tam Tak-chi was the first person to be charged with sedition and remanded by a lower court. Prosecutors alleged that activist Tam Tak-chi initially violated the rarely used law at a park in Tai Po on January 17, before committing similar offences on six more occasions in as many places, …

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