Phone firms and the quest for the 5G Holy Grail

Posted Friday, March 4 – 5:34 p.m. (Barcelona-AFP) – Lightning-quick downloads, driverless cars and remote surgery: telecom firms are racing to develop a new generation of “5G” mobile networks that could start to change the world in five years. Executives and regulators from Asia, Europe and the United States jousted to define their quest for […] Read More

China’s Gong Runner-Up No More

China's Gong Jinjie finally ended years of near misses by partnering Zhong Tianshi to World Track Cycling Championship gold in the women's team sprint on Wednesday. Read More

Taiwan Plans to Export Nuclear Waste

Taiwan has unveiled a Tw$11.25 billion ($356 million) plan to process nuclear waste overseas for the first time as its power plants approach capacity, sparking criticism from environmental groups. Read More

TransAsia 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. Initial findings from the plane’s black boxes were released as reports emerged that the chief pilot was […] Read More

H&M to Open in Taiwan

Swedish fashion giant H&M said Wednesday net profits for 2014 rose almost a fifth and pledged to speed up its global expansion. Read More

Polanski Wanted for Questioning

Polish authorities plan to call film director Roman Polanski for another round of questioning in response to a new extradition request from prosecutors in Los Angeles, it was reported today. Read More

Indonesia Fears Worst for Missing Jet

by Olivia Rondonuwu JAKARTA – Dozens of planes and ships searching Indonesian waters for a missing AirAsia plane focused Monday on a patch of oil for possible clues, as a senior official warned the aircraft was likely at the bottom of the sea. Australia, Malaysia and Singapore joined the Indonesia-led search as anguished relatives awaited […] Read More

Combatting Gridlock on Final Day of Climate Talks

by Mariette Le Roux / Richard Ingham Negotiators scrambled on the final day of UN talks Friday to break a deadlock between rich and developing countries on forging the elements of a world pact to curb climate change. A years-old dispute over sharing responsibility for tackling the climate problem threatened to drive the 12-day haggle into extra […] Read More

Taiwan’s Ma Quits as China Fears Grow

Taiwan's Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou stepped down Wednesday as chairman of the ruling party, following a massive polls defeat for the government as public fears grow over Chinese influence. Read More

Taiwan’s Cabinet Resigns After Poor Showing in Elections

TAIPEI – Taiwan’s cabinet resigned en masse Monday after the ruling party suffered a massive defeat at the island’s biggest ever local elections. The Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) had their power slashed across Taiwan at the key polls Saturday, with Premier Jiang Yi-huah quitting hours after the disastrous result — seen as a key barometer ahead […] Read More

Philippines Convicts Chinese of Environmental Crimes

(AFP) A Philippine court on Monday found nine Chinese fishermen guilty of poaching and environmental crimes for fishing in disputed waters, in a case that has strained relations with China. The nine, arrested in May, were fined $100,000 each for poaching with an additional 120,000 pesos ($2,730) fine for catching an endangered species, prosecutor Allen […] Read More

Taiwan Man Faces Death for Inhumane Murder

A Taiwanese man faces the death penalty after he was indicted Thursday, accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and sexually assaulting her corpse in a "brutal and inhumane" public attack, prosecutors said. Read More