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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...

Lesbian couple Yi Wang, right, and Yumi Meng show their wedding rings during a military mass weddings ceremony in Taoyuan city, northern Taiwan, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass ceremony held by Taiwan's military on Friday in a historic step for the island. Taiwan is the only place in Asia to have legalized gay marriage, passing legislation in this regard in May 2019. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Two same-sex couples in military marry in first for Taiwan

Oct. 30, 2020 12:24 AM EDT

TAOYUAN, Taiwan (AP) — Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held by Taiwan's military on Friday in a historic celebration with their peers. Taiwan is the only place in Asia to have legalized same-sex marriage, with more than 4,000 such couples marrying since the legislation passed in May...

A doctor collects a sample for a coronavirus test from a bsby in Subang on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Malaysia extended restricted movements in its biggest city Kuala Lumpur, neighboring Selangor state and the administrative capital of Putrajaya from Wednesday in an attempt to curb a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Asia Today: Virus arrives in once-clear Marshall Islands

Oct. 29, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Marshall Islands has reported its first cases of the coronavirus after two people who flew from Hawaii to a U.S. military base tested positive. The small Pacific nation had been among the last places in the world to have no reported cases of the virus. The Office of the...

People wear face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus as they walk through a shopping district in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwan marks 200 days without domestic COVID-19 infection

Oct. 29, 2020 4:26 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan hit 200 days without any domestically transmitted cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, highlighting the island's continued success at keeping the virus under control even as cases surge in other parts of the world. Taiwan’s Center for Disease Control last reported a domestic...

In this photo taken Feb. 10, 2020, and released by the Republic of China (ROC) Ministry of National Defense, a Taiwanese Air Force F-16 in foreground flies on the flank of a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6 bomber as it passes near Taiwan. (Republic of China (ROC) Ministry of National Defense via AP)

Taiwan air force jet crashes into ocean, killing pilot

Oct. 29, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Taiwanese F-5E fighter jet crashed during a training mission Thursday morning, killing the pilot, the Defense Ministry said. The cause of the crash remains unknown, but it underscores potential problems with the island’s aging air force fleet as it faces increased threats...

FILE - In this May 16, 2007, file photo, a Taiwanese navy frigate launches a

Taiwan says new arms purchases to boost credible defense

Oct. 27, 2020 5:15 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan said Tuesday that recently proposed purchases of U.S. missiles and other arms systems will boost the island’s ability to credibly defend itself amid rising threats from China. The comments from defense ministry spokesperson Shih Shun-wen came a day after China said it...

FILE - In this May 16, 2007, file photo, a Taiwanese navy frigate launches a

US announces planned $2.37 billion weapon sale to Taiwan

Oct. 26, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday notified Congress of plans for a $2.37 billion sale of Harpoon missile systems to Taiwan just hours after Beijing announced sanctions on U.S. defense contractors, including Boeing, the lead contractor on the Harpoon deal. “The United States...

FILE - In this June 10, 2019, file photo, an American flag flies in front of the facade of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems facility, in Woburn, Mass. China's government said Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, it will impose sanctions on U.S. military contractors including Boeing Co.'s defense unit and Lockheed Martin Corp. for supplying weapons to rival Taiwan, stepping up a feud with Washington over security and Beijing's strategic ambitions. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Spokesman: China to sanction US arms suppliers to Taiwan

Oct. 26, 2020 6:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's government said Monday it will impose sanctions on U.S. military contractors including Boeing Co.'s defense unit and Lockheed Martin Corp. for supplying weapons to rival Taiwan, stepping up a feud with Washington over security and Beijing's strategic ambitions. Raytheon Technologies...

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....

FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, western Japan. Chinese leaders hope Washington will tone down conflicts over trade, technology and security if Joe Biden wins the Nov. 3 presidential election. But any shift is likely to be in style, not substance, as frustration with Beijing increases across the American political spectrum. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

China hopes for change if Biden wins, but little likely

Oct. 23, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders hope Washington will tone down conflicts over trade, technology and security if Joe Biden wins the Nov. 3 presidential election. But any shift is likely to be in style, not substance, as frustration with Beijing increases across the American political spectrum. Both...