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Roommate Ate Her $2 Yogurt. She Used DNA to Find Culprit

Definitely a reasonable reaction

(Newser) - You'll likely look more kindly upon even the most passive-aggressive roommate after reading this story out of Taiwan. A female student at Taipei's Chinese Culture University didn't resort to an angry fridge note after discovering one of her yogurt-drink containers empty in the trash of the home... More »

Taiwan to Consider Whether to Drop 'Make-Believe' Name

It competes at Olympics as 'Chinese Taipei'

(Newser) - Because of pressure from China, athletes from Taiwan compete at the Olympics under the name of a make-believe country: Chinese Taipei. They march behind an imaginary national flag and, if they win a gold medal, hear an "alternate national anthem" being played. Imagine if France or Australia had to... More »

Video Shows Terrifying Taiwan Train Crash

At least 18 were killed, nearly 200 injured

(Newser) - Investigators are still trying to piece together what caused a high-speed passenger train to crash in Taiwan over the weekend, killing at least 18 and injuring nearly 200 others. Now, via Taiwan News , surveillance footage has emerged showing the horrifying moment when the Puyuma Express cars derailed Sunday around a... More »

Shocking Train Derailment Kills at Least 18

Some passengers were crushed to death

(Newser) - One of Taiwan's fastest passenger trains derailed Sunday on a curve along a popular weekend route, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 170 others, the AP reports. The Puyuma express was carrying more than 360 passengers from a suburb of Taipei in the north to Taitung,... More »

3D-Gun Advocate Accused of Sex With Minor Now in Jail

Cody Wilson is back in Texas

(Newser) - The owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns was back in the US Sunday after being arrested in Taiwan, where police say he flew after learning he was being investigated for allegedly having sex with an underage girl, the AP reports. The US... More »

9 Die in Nursing Home Inferno

At least 16 injured in New Taipei City blaze

(Newser) - A fire at a nursing home in Taiwan early Monday left nine people dead and 16 injured. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the blaze, which broke out before 5am and was extinguished roughly one hour later, the AP reports. No details were immediately available about those who'd... More »

3 Biggest US Airlines Cave to China's 'Orwellian' Demand

The way they refer to 'Taiwan' on their websites will now be more to China's liking

(Newser) - The White House originally called the request "Orwellian nonsense," but the three biggest US airlines appear to have caved to a demand from China on references to Taiwan. Ahead of a Wednesday deadline imposed by Beijing, Delta, American, and United will alter the way they refer to Taiwan... More »

Airlines Apparently Caving to China's 'Orwellian Nonsense'

But major US airlines, including American, Delta, United, have not

(Newser) - International airlines are obeying Beijing's demands to refer to Taiwan as a part of China, despite the White House's call this month to stand firm against "Orwellian nonsense." The AP found 20 carriers, including Air Canada, British Airways, and Lufthansa, now refer to Taiwan as a... More »

Gap Destroys Shirts With 'Incorrect' Map of China

It omitted Taiwan, parts of Tibet

(Newser) - The clothing retailer Gap has apologized for selling T-shirts with what it says was an "erroneous" map of China, in what the AP calls the latest example of corporate kowtowing to Beijing. In a posting late Monday on China's Weibo microblogging platform, the company said it discovered that... More »

China Is Furious About Bill Congress Approved Unanimously

State-run media says Taiwan bill could trigger war

(Newser) - A bill awaiting President Trump's signature has angered China so much that the state-run China Daily warns it could trigger war over the island Beijing still considers a renegade province. The Taiwan Travel Act , which passed the Senate with unanimous consent Thursday and earlier passed the House without opposition,... More »

After Quake, at Least 40 Trapped in Sliding Building

At least 6 died in early morning Taiwan quake

(Newser) - Rescuers were working Wednesday to try to reach people who were trapped after a strong earthquake near Taiwan's east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously. At least six people were killed and 88 are missing in the quake, the AP reports. Video footage and photos... More »

Taiwan Earthquake Leaves Buildings Tilted

So far, 2 are dead and more than 100 injured

(Newser) - A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, killing two hotel employees and injuring 144 other people, officials said. The Central News Agency reports that the ground floor of the Marshal Hotel, a building in Hualien district, had caved in and people were believed to be trapped... More »

Taiwan's New Passports Had One Big Problem

They used a photo of Dulles airport in DC, not one in Taiwan; official resigns

(Newser) - An official in Taiwan has stepped down from her post after what looks to be a multimillion-dollar mistake involving hundreds of thousands of passports. Focus Taiwan reports that Agnes Chen, the chief of the country's Bureau of Consular Affairs, resigned Wednesday after it was discovered the nation's new... More »

Taiwan: Rescued US Sailors Are Telling Tall Tales

Government says Taiwanese fishing crew didn't try to kill Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava

(Newser) - If you're attempting to keep up with the story of two American women who were rescued after five months at sea, but whose tale keeps taking weird turns, there's an update. The government of Taiwan says that, no, the Taiwanese fishing crew that spotted the women afloat last... More »

2 Lawmakers Try to Curb Trump's Ability to Start a War

Democrats worried about his rhetoric against North Korea

(Newser) - President Trump and Kim Jong Un have not traded public threats of late, but it's still been a busy week in terms of North Korean developments. Defense chief James Mattis visited the DMZ, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sees a potential ally in India, and two Democratic lawmakers aim... More »

China: US Has Apologized for White House Gaffe

Release said Xi Jinping was president of Taiwan

(Newser) - The United States has apologized for mistakenly describing Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan, China said Monday. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China asked the United States for an explanation of the mistake, and the US said it was a technical error. Washington apologized and corrected... More »

'Wrong Move': China Blasts $1.4B US-Taiwan Arms Deal

The timing is key

(Newser) - The State Department announced Thursday that the US has reached a $1.4 billion arms deal with Taiwan; a source tells CNN it includes the sale of advanced missiles and torpedoes and technical support for early warning radar. Taiwan's Ministry of Defense said Friday it is "sincerely grateful"... More »

One of Taiwan's Major Allies Just Switched Sides

Panama switches recognition to Beijing

(Newser) - Panama switched diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China on Tuesday, dealing a major victory to Beijing in its drive to isolate the self-governing island it claims as its own territory. In Panama, President Juan Carlos Varela announced the change, which entails breaking off formal relations with Taiwan, saying in a... More »

Taiwan's Top Court Just Issued a Milestone Gay Ruling

It recognizes same-sex marriage

(Newser) - In a first for Asia, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a years-long campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent's most liberal democracies, per the AP . In its majority opinion, the court said a provision in the current... More »

First Asian Country to Ban Dog, Cat Meat

Taiwan's legislature passes the measure

(Newser) - A big win for animal rights activists—and a bigger win for dogs and cats—in Taiwan. With the legislature's approval of an amendment to the country's Animal Protection Act, Taiwan appears on track to become the first country in Asia to ban the possession, sale, purchase, and... More »

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