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May 252017
Pictures of the day: May 25, 2017

Messages and floral tributes left for the victims of the attack on Manchester Arena lie around the statue in St Ann’s Square in central Manchester. PHOTO: REUTERS An Austrian police officer guards the entrance of a hotel before the arrival of OPEC Oil Ministers in Vienna, Austria. PHOTO: REUTERS Supporters wave their mobile phone torches in the colors of the rainbow during a rally after Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in Asia, in Taipei, Taiwan. PHOTO: REUTERS Forest officials try to rescue an injured elephant who fell into a pond at the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati, India. PHOTO: REUTERS Subaru’s new XV hits a shopping cart carrying water bottles during a collision test demonstration at its factory in Ota, north of Tokyo, Japan. PHOTO: REUTERS A man has his photo taken hanging from a bull sculpture outside Las Ventas bullring during San Isidro’s bullfighting fair in Madrid, Spain. PHOTO: REUTERS An excavator wrecks a building as part of an urban transformation project in Sur neighbourhood in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. PHOTO: REUTERS A boy bathes in a stream to cool off from the heat on a hot summer day in Swabi, Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS Dutch Remi Petersee competes in the heats 43 – Round 1 on May 23, 2027 in Biarritz, southwestern France, during the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games. PHOTO: AFP Afghan children use a cloth to catch fish in [Read More…]

Apr 112017

TAIPEI: Uber said it would relaunch its ride-hailing service in Taiwan following a two-month hiatus on the island after sparring with authorities over legal issues. The San Francisco-based giant, which has encountered regulatory roadblocks around the world despite its huge popularity, suspended operations in Taiwan in February due to an “impasse” with authorities who deemed it illegal. But on Monday the company said it would be reentering the market with a new business model. “A brand-new Uber will serve Taiwanese once again,” it said in a statement, without providing details or a date for the restart. Uber smartphone apps provisionally banned in Italy A source at Uber who asked not to be named said the model would involve working with “legal car rental operators”. Since it entered the Taiwan market in 2013, Uber had been racking up fines for running a business without the proper registration to operate as a taxi service. In January authorities hiked the maximum possible penalty to Tw$25 million ($815,940) per driver — the highest in the world. The company withdrew from the market a month later, criticising the government’s actions for hindering innovation and called on President Tsai Ing-wen to take action. Taiwan’s transport ministry said it would welcome Uber as long as it works with licensed private drivers. “The problem with self-use drivers was competition and inadequate protection for customers,” Hu Ti-chi, an official at the ministry’s department of railways and highways, told AFP. Uber just became a lot cheaper in Karachi, Lahore Local media [Read More…]

Dec 122016

WASHINGTON: The United States is committed to its longstanding policy that Taiwan is part of “one China” but will not use Taiwan as leverage in any dealings with Beijing, the White House said on Monday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked about comments made a day earlier by Republican President-elect Donald Trump that he did not see why the United States must be bound by the policy unless it gets something in return from China. Bigger tent: Trump picks women for cabinet  “The United States does not view Taiwan and our relationship with Taiwan as a bargaining chip. Taiwan is not a source of leverage, it’s a close partner of the United States,” Earnest told a news briefing. “And bargaining that away is not something that this administration believes is our best interest.” The post US committed to “one China”, Taiwan not bargaining chip appeared first on The Express Tribune.

Dec 102016

TAIPEI: Chinese military aircraft on Saturday flew over waterways near Taiwan today as part of long-range exercises, Taiwan said, the first such flights since a telephone call between Taiwan’s leader and United States President-elect Donald Trump irked China. China-Pakistan anti-graft MoU a milestone, says Xinjiang governor China claims self-ruled Taiwan as its own and has never renounced the use of force to take back what it deems a wayward province. Trump’s call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Dec. 2 was the first between a US president-elect or president and a Taiwan leader — ever since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition to China from Taiwan in 1979. China lodged a diplomatic protest over the call and blamed Taiwan for what it called a “petty” move. But there was no indication the exercise by its military aircraft on Saturday was a response to the telephone call. The Chinese jets flew north to south and entered the Miyako Strait around Japan’s southern islands as well as the Bashi Channel south of Taiwan, but did not enter Taiwan’s air defence identification zone, Taiwan’s defence ministry said in a statement. Naval chief witnesses Pak-China exercise The drills, lasting for about four hours, involved more than 10 aircraft, including four electronic surveillance planes that flew through the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines. China, which has in recent years become more assertive in the western Pacific and South China Sea, has carried out similar exercises in the area since September. The Chinese air force [Read More…]

Sep 082016

A report by InterNations that surveyed over 14,000 respondents found Taiwan to be the friendliest country in the world. Pakistan sixth most dangerous country for Christians The ranking was based on ease of settling in and finding friends. Uganda and Costa Rica took the second and third spot respectively. Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait were found to be the least friendly countries. 15 happiest, richest, healthiest, and safest countries in the world Here is the complete list 1. Taiwan 2. Uganda 3. Costa Rica 4. Mexico 5. Colombia 6. Oman 7. Philippines 8. New Zealand 9.Vietnam 10. Portugal 11. Brazil 12. Spain 13. Ecuador 14. Canada 15. Romania 16. Bahrain 17. Malta 18. Indonesia 19. Ukraine 20. Ireland Top 10 most visited cities in the world 21. Thailand 22. Argentina 23. Australia 24. Cyprus 25. USA 26. Greece 27. Peru 28. Morocco 29. Japan 30. Israel 31. United Arab Emirates 32. Malaysia 33. Tanzania 34. India 35. Kenya 36. Turkey 37. Egypt 38. Kazakhstan 39. Mozambique 40. Poland 41. Luxembourg 42. United Kingdom 43. China 44. Nigeria 45. Netherlands 46. Hungary 47. Italy 48. Panama 49. South Africa 50. South Korea 51. Singapore 52. Hong Kong 53. Belgium 54. Finland 55. Germany 56. France 57. Chile 58. Austria 59. Russia 60. Denmark 61. Qatar 62. Sweden 63. Norway 64. Switzerland 65. Czech Republic 66. Saudi Arabia 67. Kuwait  This article originally appeared on Indy100. The post Kuwait, Saudi Arabia ‘world’s least-friendly countries’ appeared first on The Express Tribune.

Aug 122016

TAIPEI: Taiwanese tech giant Hon Hai said antitrust authorities in China had approved its takeover of ailing Japanese electronics maker Sharp, clearing the last obstacle to the drawn-out deal. The purchase, which was supposed to close last month, has reportedly been held up by China — one of the countries that was reviewing the deal over concerns that it could lead to a monopoly on LCD screens. Hon Hai gains Sharp’s cutting-edge LCD panel technology with the $3.5-billion buyout, giving it a 66 per cent controlling stake. “Our application for antitrust review in various regions is completed,” the company said in a statement to the Taiwan stock exchange late Thursday. Chinese tech giant LeEco buys US television manufacturer Vizio for $2 bn “Both sides will carry out the handover procedures as soon as possible according to the contract,” it said. The announcement fulfils an ambition of Hon Hai founder Terry Gou, whose firm first pursued Sharp four years ago. Gou’s company — also known as Foxconn — is the world’s biggest electronics supplier, with Apple a key customer for smartphone components. But the smartphone giant is squeezing its suppliers as sales of its iPhones slow, dropping 15 per cent last quarter year-on-year. Hon Hai shares slumped in Taipei Friday on weaker-than-expected quarterly earnings. Chinese consortium buys Opera browser for $600 million “From the results, we can see that Apple is pressuring its supply chain on prices,” Fubon analysts led by Arthur Liao said in a note. Hon Hai said Thursday that [Read More…]