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Hope in Taiwan ahead of landmark gay marriage ruling

Taipei - A court ruling in Taiwan this week could make the island the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage, in a decision that would give activists around the region new hope in their quest for equality.

More trouble ahead for Taiwan's Tsai after rocky year

Taipei - It has been a turbulent first year in power for Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen as relations with Beijing have soured and her approval ratings have plummeted.

Taiwan blames China for WHO invite snub

Taipei - Taiwan said Tuesday it had been excluded from a major World Health Organisation meeting for the first time in eight years, blaming rival China for the snub as relations worsen.

Op-Ed: China’s carriers: A catalyst for trouble?

Sydney - China’s first domestically built carrier is believed to be the beginning of a major drive by the Chinese navy to deliver a major global presence and projection of power. The problems could start a lot closer to home.

Taiwan bans eating dogs and cats

Taipei - Taiwan has banned the eating of dogs and cats, lawmakers said Wednesday, as pressure grows to improve animal welfare after a spate of cruelty cases that stirred public outrage.

Reporters Without Borders opens first Asia office in Taiwan

Taipei - International rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders said it is opening its first Asia office in Taiwan after rejecting Hong Kong over concerns that China poses the "biggest threat" to press freedom.

Taiwan director's courageous tale of family strife

Taipei - Filmmaker Huang Hui-chen felt bound by labels while growing up in Taiwan -- impoverished, a school dropout and daughter of a lesbian Taoist priestess who she yearned to understand.

Taiwan court hears landmark gay marriage case

Taipei - Taiwan's constitutional court heard a landmark case Friday that could make the island the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.

Taiwan launches submarine project in face of China threat

Kaohsiung - Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen launched the island's first ever home-grown submarine project Tuesday in the face of what the government says are growing military threats from China.

Taiwan says capable of strike against China

Taipei - Taiwan said for the first time publicly that it is capable of launching missiles at China, as the government on Thursday unveiled a major defence report warning of increased risk of Chinese invasion.

Taiwan defence report warns of China invasion risk

Taipei - Taiwan pledged Wednesday to build up its military in the face of an increased risk of invasion by China in a major defence ministry report that comes as ties with Beijing worsen.

Taiwan lesbian ordered to pay back groom

Taipei - A judgement against a gay woman who married a man because of pressure from her family has sparked criticism in Taiwan as the island moves closer to legalising same-sex marriage.

Taiwan detains China student for alleged espionage

Taipei - Taiwan prosecutors said a man from China, reportedly a recent graduate from one of the island's top universities, was detained Friday on suspicion of espionage, as officials warn of growing China spy threats.

Taiwan bus at double speed limit before fatal crash

Taipei - Investigators probing a bus crash in Taiwan which killed 33 people in one of the island's worst ever road accidents said Friday the driver was travelling at double the speed limit.

Protests in Taiwan as island marks 70 years since massacre

Taipei - Hundreds of protesters rallied in Taiwan on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of a massacre by nationalist Chinese troops, calling for justice as the island's leader vowed to investigate the killings.

Fear has made me stronger: former detained Hong Kong bookseller

Taipei - The disappearance of a Chinese billionaire from his Hong Kong hotel has brought back frightening memories for bookseller Lam Wing-kee, who also went missing in an ordeal that highlighted Beijing’s tightening grip on the city.

Distraught relatives mourn victims of Taiwan bus crash

Taipei - Distraught relatives in Taiwan gathered to mourn their loved ones on Tuesday after a bus carrying elderly local tourists flipped on its side and left 33 dead in one of the island's worst ever road accidents.

32 dead in Taiwan's worst highway accident for decades

Taipei - A Taiwan bus taking elderly local tourists home from visiting seasonal cherry blossoms careered off a highway Monday night leaving 32 dead, in the island's worst road accident in decades.

Op-Ed: China vs. U.S. in the South China Sea — a very deadly situation

Sydney - The possible conflict between China and the U.S. over the South China Sea islands has some truly bizarre issues built in. The U.S. has stated it intends to “block access” to the islands. This could very well mean war with China.

Taiwan tells Beijing to grow up over Trump ceremony row

Taipei - China should not be so "narrow-minded", Taiwan said Thursday, after Beijing pressed Washington to block the island from attending Donald Trump's inauguration.
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