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Fishermen 'kept like slaves' in Taiwan

Taipei - A group of foreign fishermen in Taiwan were locked in tiny windowless rooms around the clock to stop them escaping while not at sea, prosecutors said in the island's latest abuse case involving migrant workers.

Detained Taiwan activist to stand trial in China

Taipei - A Taiwanese rights activist being held in China will soon face trial after being held incommunicado for more than 170 days, according to his wife, in a case that has deepened cross-strait tensions.

Pro-independence mayor named new Taiwan premier

Taipei - Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen named a staunchly pro-independence city mayor as her new premier Tuesday in a move which some analysts said would rile China.

Taiwan ex-leader Ma found not guilty in leaks case

Taipei - A Taiwanese court Friday found former president Ma Ying-jeou not guilty in a political leaks case, his second acquittal in a raft of lawsuits brought against him since he stepped down last year.

Unwanted statues of a defeated general? Taiwan has the answer

- As the United States wrestles with the problem of what to do with monuments to a divisive history, Taiwan has found a solution -- a park dedicated to unwanted statues of a controversial figure from its past.

Girl meets boy: Taiwan's tribal matchmaking festival

Hualian - As night falls on a square in the village of Matai'an, young women cast critical eyes over a dancing circle of men in embroidered skirts and feathered head dresses as part of an ancient match-making ritual.

Samurai sword attack outside Taiwan presidential office

Taipei - A samurai sword-wielding attacker carrying the national flag of China slashed a military police guard outside Taiwan's presidential office Friday, authorities said.

Taiwan urges restraint after China plane enters defence zone

Taipei - Taiwan on Tuesday urged Beijing to exercise restraint after a Chinese military aircraft entered its air defence zone following a recent spate of drills that have ratcheted up cross-strait tensions.

Taiwan or Chinese Taipei? 'Little Olympics' spotlights China row

Taipei - Taiwan is about to host its largest ever sporting event, attracting thousands of athletes from around the world, but the World University Games, dubbed the "Little Olympics", has highlighted tensions with China and Taiwan's struggle for international r...

Taiwan braces for second storm after Nesat injured 103

Taipei - Taiwan braced for its second storm in two days on Sunday after Typhoon Nesat battered the island, leaving at least 103 injured while causing flooding and widespread power outages.

Taiwan braces for its first typhoon of the year

Taipei - Taiwan suspended trains and closed schools on Saturday as it braced for its first typhoon of the year.

Thai cops bust $3 million phone scam gang

Bangkok - A gang of 44 people from China and Taiwan have been arrested in Thailand for running an elaborate phone scam that conned $3 million from scores of victims, police said Monday.

Taiwan lawmakers clash in more parliament chaos

Taipei - Taiwan's parliament descended into chaos for a second consecutive day Friday with lawmakers wielding chairs above their heads and throwing water balloons as they brawled over a controversial infrastructure project.

Pain runs deep for Taiwan artists 30 years after 'White Terror'

Taipei - When saxophonist Chen Shen-ching was jailed during Taiwan's "White Terror" political purges, it was music that helped him hold on to his sanity.

Gay marriage around the world

Paris - The Maltese parliament has approved gay marriage, which now is authorised in more than 20 nations worldwide, 15 of which are in Europe.

Taiwan lawmakers go for the jugular in parliament brawl

Taipei - Taiwanese lawmakers tried to choke each other and threw water bombs during a chaotic session at the island's parliament Thursday as the government of President Tsai Ing-wen pressed ahead with controversial reforms.

Gay marriage around the world

Paris - Germany legalised gay marriage on Friday, which now is authorised in about 20 nations around the world, the majority of which are in Europe.

Taiwan offers cancer treatment to China dissident Liu

Taipei - Taiwan said Wednesday that it was willing to offer cancer-stricken Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo treatment after prison officials granted him medical parole, in a move likely to rile Beijing.

Gay marriage around the world

Paris - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has softened her opposition to gay marriage, which is legal in about 20 countries around the world, 13 of which are in Europe.

Taiwan slams UN after students barred from Geneva visit

Taipei - Taiwan fiercely criticised the United Nations on Friday after its students were barred from visiting a public hearing in Geneva as Beijing seeks to further isolate the island internationally.

Taiwan slams UN after students barred from Geneva visit

Taipei - Taiwan fiercely criticised the United Nations on Friday after its students were barred from visiting a public hearing in Geneva as Beijing seeks to further isolate the island internationally.

Taiwan slams UN after students barred from Geneva visit

Taipei - Taiwan fiercely criticised the United Nations on Friday after its students were barred from visiting a public hearing in Geneva as Beijing seeks to further isolate the island internationally.

Could more Central American countries follow Panama in ditching Taiwan?

Montevideo - Panama's diplomatic abandonment of Taiwan to start ties with China could ripple through other countries in Central America and the Caribbean that still support Taipei, experts say, reflecting Beijing's growing economic might.

China lands diplomatic punch to Taiwan by winning over Panama

Panama - China delivered another diplomatic punch to Taiwan on Tuesday by establishing relations with Panama at the expense of Taipei, further isolating the island's Beijing-skeptic government.

China lands diplomatic punch to Taiwan by winning over Panama

Panama - China delivered another diplomatic punch to Taiwan on Tuesday by establishing relations with Panama at the expense of Taipei, further isolating the island's Beijing-skeptic government.

China lands diplomatic punch to Taiwan by winning over Panama

Panama - China delivered another diplomatic punch to Taiwan on Tuesday by establishing relations with Panama at the expense of Taipei, further isolating the island's Beijing-skeptic government.

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan, switches to China

Bejing - Panama and China announced on Tuesday they were establishing diplomatic relations, as the Central American nation became the latest to dump Taiwan for closer ties with the world's second-largest economy.

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan, switches to China

Bejing - Panama and China announced on Tuesday they were establishing diplomatic relations, as the Central American nation became the latest to dump Taiwan for closer ties with the world's second-largest economy.

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan, switches to China

Bejing - Panama and China announced on Tuesday they were establishing diplomatic relations, as the Central American nation became the latest to dump Taiwan for closer ties with the world's second-largest economy.

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

Taipei - Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China.
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Containers being tossed around like playing cards in Kaohslung, Taiwan.
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A camera traveled from Maui to Taiwan where it was found - the photos survived.
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Typhoon Nepartak heading for China after laying down a path of death and destruction across Taiwan.
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A woman captured at the Labor Day protest in Taipei, Taiwain on May 1, 2014.
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A car narrowly misses being crushed by a huge boulder during a landslide in Taiwan.
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Strong winds picked vehicles up and tossed them around like they were toys.
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Typhoon Tembin hits southern Taiwan on August 24, 2012
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