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Georgia Aquarium's largest female whale shark dies

Nov. 27, 2020 10:17 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The largest female whale shark at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta has died. Trixie, who had been at the aquarium since 2006, died Friday, the aquarium said in a statement on its Facebook page. “She was having difficulty navigating the habitat earlier in the day and then her health...

In this image made from video, lawmakers fight during a parliament session in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Taiwan's lawmakers got into a fist fight and threw pig guts at each other Friday over a soon-to-be enacted policy that would allow imports of U.S. pork and beef. A blue banner at right reads: “Protest against ractopamine pork, We want a referendum.” (FTV via AP)

Lawmakers throw pig guts, punches on Taiwan parliament floor

Nov. 27, 2020 5:00 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Lawmakers in Taiwan got into a fist fight and threw pig guts at each other Friday over a soon-to-be enacted policy that would allow imports of U.S. pork and beef. Premier Su Tseng-chang was due to give a regularly scheduled policy report to lawmakers on Friday morning about the pork...

People hold a pig model with a slogan

Thousands march in Taiwan against US pork imports

Nov. 22, 2020 5:55 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Thousands of people marched in Taipei's streets on Sunday demanding the reversal of a decision to allow U.S. pork imports into Taiwan, alleging food safety issues. President Tsai Ing-wen's administration lifted a long-standing ban on U.S. pork and beef imports in August, in a move...

Taiwanese actress Chen Shu-fang holds her awards for Best Leading Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Chen won for the film

'My Missing Valentine' wins big at Golden Horse Awards

Nov. 21, 2020 11:11 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Taiwanese film “My Missing Valentine” won big Saturday night at the annual Golden Horse Awards, taking five honors, including best feature film. The romantic comedy, which tells the love story of a bus driver and a post office worker, also won for best director, best...

FILE - In this file photo released by Taiwan's Military News Agency, Taiwan war planes are parked on a highway during an exercise to simulate a response to a Chinese attack on its airfields in Changhua in southern Taiwan. Taiwan said Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020, that recent proposed of U.S. sales of missiles and other arms systems will boost the island's ability to credibly defend itself, amid rising threats from China. (Military News Agency via AP, File)

US, Taiwan step up economic cooperation in new dialogue

Nov. 21, 2020 12:00 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. and Taiwan are stepping up cooperation in a newly created economic dialogue, in another move from the outgoing Trump administration to increase official exchanges with the self-ruled island. The two sides signed a five-year agreement establishing the U.S.-Taiwan Economic...

Participants march through a street during a pride parade in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Huge crowd joins LGBT march in Taiwan, where COVID is at bay

Oct. 31, 2020 7:51 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A huge and festive crowd marched in Taiwan’s capital on Saturday in an annual LGBT Pride event. Turnout was down from last year, but organizers said it still topped 100,000 on a mostly sunny day in Taipei. Many participants did not wear protective masks, but others did, some...

Hong Kong protesters and Taiwanese supporters march to demand the release of the 12 Hong Kong protesters that have been arrested by mainland Chinese authorities, in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. A group of 12 people from Hong Kong were allegedly traveling illegally by boat to Taiwan in August when Chinese authorities captured them and detained them.(AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Hundreds march in Taiwan to support 12 arrested Hong Kongers

Oct. 25, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Hundreds of people marched in Taiwan's capital on Sunday to demand the release of 12 Hong Kong anti-government protesters who were arrested by mainland Chinese authorities in August. The 12 were allegedly traveling illegally by boat to Taiwan when Chinese authorities detained them....

China vows retaliation if US proceeds with Taiwan arms sale

Oct. 22, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has vowed to retaliate if the U.S. proceeds with the sale of advanced weaponry to Taiwan worth more than a billion dollars. The statement from China’s defense ministry gave no specifics, but the development marks a further deterioration in ties between Beijing and Washington...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, a Taiwanese military officer salutes to Taiwan's flag onboard Navy's 124th fleet Lafayette frigate during military exercises off Kaohsiung, southern of Taiwan. China and Taiwan traded accusations Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, over a violent altercation that broke out between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees at a recent Taiwan National Day reception in Fiji.  (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)

Taiwan, China trade accusations after staffers fight in Fiji

Oct. 19, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China and Taiwan traded accusations Monday over a violent altercation that broke out between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees at a recent Taiwan National Day reception in Fiji. Both China and Taiwan confirmed the Oct. 8 incident but each disputed the other’s...

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, right, and Yu Shyi-kun, speaker of the Legislative Yuan, cheer with audience during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. President Tsai said Saturday she has hopes for less tensions with China and in the region if Beijing will listen to Taipei’s concerns, alter its approach and restart dialogue with the self-ruled island democracy.  (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwan's leader hopes for reduced tensions with China

Oct. 10, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said Saturday she has hopes for less tensions with China and in the region if Beijing will listen to Taipei’s concerns, alter its approach and restart dialogue with the self-ruled island democracy. Speaking at Taiwan’s National Day...