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Giant rubber duck quacks off to Taiwan

Hong Kong's now-famous rubber duck makes waves in a Taiwan installation.
An enormous rubber duck art installation is leaving China and setting sail for Taiwan, where a new incarnation of the now-iconic duckie will be created.

Taiwan, Philippines tensions escalate over slain Taiwanese fisherman

Tensions over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coast guard last week escalated Wednesday, as Taiwan pulled its envoy from Manila and refused to meet with President Benigno Aquino's personal representative.

First bird flu case identified outside of China, in Taiwan

A 53-year-old Taiwanese man has been diagnosed with the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, which he appears to have contracted while traveling to the Chinese city of Suzhou — the first case recorded outside of mainland China.

China's bling shoppers choose Asia over Europe

Rich Chinese tourists are now looking to spend their mega bucks closer home, choosing Hong Kong and Singapore over London and New York to get their luxury fix, according to an HSBC report.

South Korean stocks whacked as war threat looms

Increasing tensions with North Korea, a strengthening won versus the yen and weak economic growth — things are not looking great for South Korean equities, the second worst performing stock market in Asia this year.

Taiwan hospital fire kills 12 people, injures dozens more

The BBC said police have arrested a resident of the nursing home facility in Tainan city who is suspected of starting the blaze - the worst hospital fire on the island in years.

China and Taiwan: from enemies to frenemies

TAIPEI — After decades of chilly relations, Taiwan and China are starting to work more closely together. Highlighting this “hand-in-hand” approach is the ongoing spat with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan. Taipei and Beijing make similar claims over the oil- and gas-rich rocky outcrop to legitimize one another’s positions.

Taiwan’s judicial ills blunt democratic gains

TAIPEI — Former Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian is dying in prison, say activists, and the government will be to blame if he does. But while the Chen drama dominates headlines, experts say darker problems haunt the judiciary: judges continue to sentence defendants to death with scant material evidence, such as fingerprints, DNA, or worse still, confessions through torture by police.

Taiwan same-sex Buddhist wedding goes off without a hitch

It's another milestone for LGBT rights: on Saturday, two women got married in a traditional Buddhist ceremony in Taiwan, already one of Asia's more gay-friendly nations.

Taiwanese flag pulled from Olympic display in Central London due to Chinese complaint

Republic of China flag will be replaced with Chinese Taipei flag at Olympic display by request of China, drawing Taiwanese ire
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Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou gestures during a mass rally held in Taipei on November 21, 2010. (PATRICK LIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Taiwanese flag has been pulled from an Olympic games display in Central London due to Chinese complain, reported the Evening Standard - the latest diplomatic snafu for a Games that has yet to officially begin.
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