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Participants take selfies in the cabin during a mock trip abroad at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Dozens of would-be travelers acted as passengers in an activity organized by Taiwan’s Civil Aviation Administration to raise awareness of procedures to follow when passing through customs and boarding their plane at Taipei International Airport. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Would-be travelers in Taiwan live out dreams of flying again

Jul. 7, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Like almost every region, Taiwan has been hit hard by restrictions on international travel imposed because of the coronavirus. Some residents have found comfort in boarding a flight that didn’t take off, just to revisit some memories and plan for the day when they can fly...

Ricardo Zapata, left, a photographer for the Los Angeles Angels, has his temperature taken by Sarah Morris before entering Angels Stadium for baseball practice on Monday, July 6, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. New protocols like temperature checks, social distancing, and limiting amount of people allowed in sports venues have been put in place due to the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The Latest: Kansas City's Keller and O'Hearn test positive

Jul. 7, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Kansas City Royals say right-hander Brad Keller and first baseman Ryan O’Hearn have tested positive for COVID-19. The 24-year-old Keller is in his third season with Kansas City after joining the organization as a...

In this photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, right, and his counterpart from Somaliland, Yasin Hagi Mohamoud shake hands after signing an agreement for setting up representative offices in their respective territories in Taipei on Feb. 26, 2020. Taiwan has scored a rare diplomatic victory in establishing relations with the independent region of Somaliland, according to a July 1, 2020 post on the on the Taiwanese foreign ministry's website. (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

Bucking China pressure, Taiwan, Somaliland establish ties

Jul. 6, 2020 7:04 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan has scored a rare diplomatic victory in establishing relations with the independent region of Somaliland. Intense pressure from China has reduced self-governing, democratic Taiwan to having just 15 diplomatic allies and being excluded from the United Nations and most other...

Police detain protesters against the new security law during a march marking the anniversary of the Hong Kong handover from Britain to China, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020, in Hong Kong. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997 just one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law

Jul. 1, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police made the first arrests Wednesday under a new national security law imposed by China’s central government, as thousands of people defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest against the contentious move on the anniversary of the former British colony's handover to...

Katharine Chang, right, chairperson of Straits Exchange Foundation, and Chen Ming-tong, minister of the Mainland Affairs Council, unveil the plaque of the Taiwan Hong Kong Service Exchange Office during an opening ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Taiwan officially opened the specialized office to support Hong Kong people seeking to move to Taiwan after China’s passage of a national security law for Hong Kong. (AP Photo /Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwan opens Hong Kong migration office in rebuke to Beijing

Jul. 1, 2020 2:03 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan on Wednesday opened an office to facilitate migration from Hong Kong following China’s passage of a national security law for the former British colony seen as sharply restricting political opposition and freedom of speech. Taiwan is a self-governing democracy claimed...

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Taiwan parade celebrates LGBT Pride, island's virus success

Jun. 28, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Taiwanese capital held its annual LGBT Pride parade on Sunday, making it one of the few places in the world to proceed with such an event in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The parade in Taipei has drawn tens of thousands of people in the past, but participant numbers...

Flight crew walks past a giant poster of NokScoot office at Don Muang airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, June 27, 2020. Thailand's low-cost carrier NokScoot, which is partly owned by Singapore Airlines, said its board of directors decided to liquidate the company as the coronavirus pandemic dimmed prospects for its recovery. (AP Photo/Nathathida Adireksarn)

Thai low-cost airline NokScoot shuts down amid losses

Jun. 27, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's low-cost carrier NokScoot, which is partly owned by Singapore Airlines, said its board of directors decided to liquidate the company as the coronavirus pandemic dimmed prospects for its recovery. The airline, a joint venture between Singapore-based Scoot and Nok Airlines Plc.,...

Crew leaders prepare to grab finish line flags during the traditional Chinese dragon boat race in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Dragon boat races are in remembrance of Chu Yuan, an ancient Chinese scholar-statesman, who drowned in 277 B.C. while denouncing government corruption. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwan's dragon boat races among few to be held this year

Jun. 25, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan on Thursday became one of the few places to hold a boat race, thanks to no local transmissions of the coronavirus being reported on the island in over two months. The pandemic led to the cancellation of traditional dragon boat races in Hong Kong and of holiday activities in...

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China's top lawmakers take up draft Hong Kong security law

Jun. 18, 2020 9:57 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's top legislative body has taken up a draft national security law for Hong Kong that has been strongly criticized as undermining the semi-autonomous territory's legal and political institutions. The bill was submitted Thursday to the Standing Committee of the National People’s...

Taiwan unveils plan to help Hong Kongers looking to leave

Jun. 18, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Taiwan announced Thursday that it will set up a specialized office to support Hong Kongers seeking to leave the territory now that China is moving forward with a national security law for Hong Kong that critics see as an erosion of its freedoms. The office opening July 1 will offer...