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Trump signs Taiwan Assurance Act

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Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang speaks to reporters at a briefing in Taipei on Oct. 20.
Photo: CNA

The US$2.3 trillion government spending package that US President Donald Trump finally signed on Sunday evening incorporates the Taiwan Assurance Act of 2020, as well as money to support activities under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework initiative launched in 2015.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK: Government still mulling UK travel ban

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A UK government travel ban public notice is pictured at Kings Cross train station in London on Sunday.
Photo: EPA-EFE

The government is considering whether to ban flights from the UK as other countries have done to stem the spread of a new strain of COVID-19 that is reportedly more infectious, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said yesterday, adding that the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) would make the final decision on the matter.

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US lawmakers call to rename TECRO

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A sign outside the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington is pictured on Nov. 25.
Photo: Lu Yi-hsuan, Taipei Times

A joint letter by 78 US lawmakers calls on the US government to change the name of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in Washington to the “Taiwan Representative Office” and start talks toward a free-trade agreement.

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Three alleged Chinese cyberagents held

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Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau officers watch a presentation on Chinese “Internet army” activitites at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Authorities on Thursday arrested three Taiwanese for allegedly working as agents of the Chinese government, spreading disinformation through social media networks, the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) said yesterday.

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Mandatory PCR tests for four nations

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Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung briefs reporters at the Central Epidemic Command Center in Taipei yesterday on the COVID-19 situation.
Photo: CNA

Effective today, all categories of workers arriving from four countries would be required to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 when ending their 14-day mandatory quarantine, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday.

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Taiwanese shut out of UNESCO events

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The UNESCO logo is pictured at the opening of the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO at its headquarters in Paris on Oct. 30, 2017.
Photo: Reuters

Taiwanese are to be excluded from participating in all UNESCO-affiliated events, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) has confirmed, sources said yesterday.

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Taiwan stands with Australia: Tsai

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Ambassador to the Holy See Matthew Lee holds a box of Australian wine he purchased in Rome on Tuesday. Warning: excessive consumption of alcohol can damage your health
Photo: screen grab from Facebook

Taiwan would take action to back Australians at a time when they are “under tremendous pressure,” President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday, as tensions between Australia and China heated up.

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Newsflash

Lodoe, 36, in an undated photo. (Photo/Kirti Monastery)

DHARAMSHALA, July 19: A Tibet monk, missing for the past eight months, was finally traced after he was produced in a Chinese court in eastern Tibet and sentenced to three years in prison on unknown charges.

Lodoe, a 36-year-old monk from the Kirti Monastery in the beleaguered Ngaba region of eastern Tibet was arrested on October 20 last year and had not been heard off since.