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Guatemala's ex-president Portillo home from U.S. jail

Guatemala City - Guatemala's ex-president Alfonso Portillo returned home after serving time in a U.S. prison for money laundering in a graft scandal involving Taiwan.

Taiwan's opposition leader lodges presidential bid

Taipei - The leader of Taiwan's Beijing-sceptic main opposition party, Tsai Ing-wen, on Sunday lodged her bid to stand in a 2016 presidential vote she is tipped to win after a landslide victory in November.

Six inmates in Taiwan hostage standoff commit suicide

Taipei - Six prisoners at a southern Taiwanese jail committed suicide on Thursday, ending a standoff after taking several staff hostage to complain about their "unfair trials" and demand their release, officials said.

Taiwan pays homage to TransAsia plane crash victims

Taipei - Flags across Taiwan flew at half mast on Tuesday to pay homage to the 40 people killed in a TransAsia plane crash last week, as divers battled cold weather to find the last three people missing.

TransAsia starts pilot retraining after deadly crash

Taipei - TransAsia Airways cancelled dozens of flights on Saturday, the first day of a pilot retraining programme, as rescuers retrieved four more bodies from its second deadly crash in Taiwan in seven months.

TransAsia plane crash probe focuses on engine failure

Taipei - One engine failed on the TransAsia plane that crashed in Taiwan this week with the loss of at least 35 lives, and the pilots may have inexplicably shut down the other, investigators and experts said Friday.

Taiwan 'hero' pilot found clutching joystick of crashed plane

Taipei - The pilot of the crashed TransAsia plane was still clutching the joystick when his body was found in the cockpit, after he battled to avoid populated areas, reports said Friday as the airline faced sanctions over its second fatal accident.

Rescuers scour Taiwan crash site as pilot hailed a hero

Taipei - Taiwan rescuers scoured a river for 12 people still missing from a TransAsia plane crash Thursday, as the pilot, who died in the crash, was hailed a hero for apparently battling to avoid hitting built-up areas.

Facts about TransAsia Airways

Taipei - A TransAsia Airways plane crashed into a river outside the capital Taipei Wednesday -- the airline's second fatal crash in seven months.

11 feared dead, many trapped in wreckage of Taiwan plane

Taipei - Rescuers scrambled to reach around 30 people trapped in the wreckage of a passenger plane which clipped a road bridge and plunged into a river outside Taiwan's capital on Wednesday, leaving at least 11 feared dead.

Over 2,300 people being monitored for bird flu in Taiwan

Taiwan - On Saturday, a four-day ban on the killing of chickens, ducks and geese in slaughterhouses went into effect across Taiwan because the current outbreak of the avian flu virus is continuing to spread. Over 2,300 poultry farm employees are being monitored.

Six Taiwan firemen killed in bowling alley fire

Taipei - Six young firemen were killed on Tuesday as they battled a blaze engulfing a bowling alley in northern Taiwan, officials said.

Taiwan ex-leader Chen Shui-bian freed from prison on parole

Taipei - Taiwan's ailing ex-president Chen Shui-bian was freed from prison on medical parole Monday after serving six years of a 20-year sentence for graft, as political leaders called for reconciliation on the deeply divided island.

Tiananmen dissident delays bid to run for lawmaker in Taiwan

Taipei - A leading dissident who fled China after pro-democracy protests were crushed in 1989 said Friday he will postpone plans to stand for Taiwan's parliament by a year.

China policy in question after Taiwan polls landslide

Taipei - Taiwan's warmer relations with China were called into question Sunday after the island's Beijing-friendly ruling party suffered its worst-ever polls defeat in local elections, sparking the resignation of Premier Jiang Yi-huah.

Taiwan premier resigns over party's landslide poll defeat

Taipei - Taiwan's premier resigned Saturday after his Beijing-friendly ruling party suffered a landslide defeat at the island's biggest ever local elections, as public fears grow over China's increasing influence.

Tropical storm Fung-Wong lashes Taiwan, killing one

Taipei - Tropical storm Fung-Wong on Sunday pounded Taiwan with torrential downpours and powerful winds, killing one person and forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights and ferry services.

Hong Kong tests for tainted Taiwan cooking oil

Hong Kong - Sweet buns and dumplings were pulled from the shelves in Hong Kong as authorities checked Monday whether they contained the recycled Taiwanese cooking oil that has sparked a growing regional food safety scare.

Taiwan to spend $2.5 billion on anti-missile systems

Taipei - Taiwan plans to spend Tw$74.8 billion ($2.5 billion) in the next nine years to acquire anti-missile systems to boost its aerial defences against China, a lawmaker and media said Saturday.

Taiwan apologizes for naming dish 'Long Live the Nazis'

A menu change at a restaurant in Taiwan dumps their popular 'Long Live Nazis' dish from list, prompted by a local TV station feature.

Taiwan opens investigation into gas explosion disaster

Kaohsiung - Taiwan's president promised on Saturday to launch a swift investigation into the cause of deadly gas explosions that rocked the island's densely populated second city, as residents accused local authorities of failing to avert the tragedy.

Multiple gas explosions hit Taiwan's Kaohsiung city

Kaohsiung - A series of gas explosions ripped through Taiwan’s Kaohsiung city killing at least 27 people and injuring more than 250.

Gas blasts kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan

Kaohsiung - A series of powerful gas blasts killed at least 24 people and injured up to 271 in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, overturning cars and ripping up roads, officials said Friday.

Powerful Taiwan gas explosions kill 20, injure 270

Taipei - Gas leaks triggered a series of powerful explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, killing at least 20 people and injuring up to 270, officials said Friday, warning that the toll is expected to rise.

Multiple gas explosions in Taiwan; 15 dead over 228 injured

China's Central News is reporting that multiple blasts have torn through the city of Kaohsiung in Southwestern Taiwan, killing 15 people and injuring 228. The gas leaks are thought to have come from the sewer system underneath the streets.

Foreign experts inspect Taiwan plane crash site

Taipei - International experts were examining the site of the fatal TransAsia Airways crash in Taiwan on Saturday, as new evidence surfaced that the plane may have collided with nearby trees before plunging to the ground.

Taiwan airline sorry for crash as relatives blast chairman

Makung - Taiwan's TransAsia Airways ran an apology on the front pages of five major newspapers Friday, pledging to shoulder the "utmost responsibility" after 48 people died when one of its planes crashed in stormy weather.

Taiwan rescuers find black boxes after air crash kills 48

Makung - Rescuers said Thursday they had recovered black boxes from the Taiwanese aircraft which crashed in torrential rain killing 48 people, as angry relatives blamed authorities for the worst air disaster in a decade.

At least 42 killed in Taiwan plane crash: officials

Taipei - At least 42 people were killed in a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday, officials said, with witnesses and local media reporting the flight came down in a storm after an aborted landing.

Typhoon Matmo batters Taiwan, nine injured

Taipei - Typhoon Matmo pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and downpours Wednesday, leaving nine people injured, shuttering financial markets, and interrupting rail and air transportation.
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 Crying  hippo struggles to get on its feet
"Crying" hippo struggles to get on its feet
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Streets buckled and cars were overturned by the multiple explosions
Streets buckled and cars were overturned by the multiple explosions
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A blast rips through the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan early on August 1  2014
A blast rips through the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan early on August 1, 2014
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A car narrowly misses being crushed by a huge boulder during a landslide in Taiwan.
A car narrowly misses being crushed by a huge boulder during a landslide in Taiwan.
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A camera traveled from Maui to Taiwan where it was found - the photos survived.
A camera traveled from Maui to Taiwan where it was found - the photos survived.
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Typhoon Tembin hits southern Taiwan on August 24  2012
Typhoon Tembin hits southern Taiwan on August 24, 2012
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Crying hippo dying after falling off truck a second time
Crying hippo dying after falling off truck a second time
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The owner of a lost camera that traveled from Maui to Taiwan has now been found.
The owner of a lost camera that traveled from Maui to Taiwan has now been found.
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A woman captured at the Labor Day protest in Taipei  Taiwain on May 1  2014.
A woman captured at the Labor Day protest in Taipei, Taiwain on May 1, 2014.
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A camera traveled from Maui to Taiwan where it was found - the photos survived.
A camera traveled from Maui to Taiwan where it was found - the photos survived.
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Taiwan s workers and Labor Unions protested at Ketagalan Blvd and marched to Ministry of Labor on Ma...
Taiwan's workers and Labor Unions protested at Ketagalan Blvd and marched to Ministry of Labor on May 1, 2014 in Taipei.
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God bless Kaohsiung! God bless People! everyone!
God bless Kaohsiung! God bless People! everyone!
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Exterior view of Rockmill Italian restaurant in Banciao  New Taipei City.
Exterior view of Rockmill Italian restaurant in Banciao, New Taipei City.
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