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The plot thickens: 'Selfie-taking' woman who fell to her death had a husband who fell to his death
Taiwanese arrive in Cambodia to urge that fraud suspects be sent home — not to China
Unwelcome in New Taipei: Here is what oBike has to say
A Taiwanese tourist is dead after his boat capsized in the Philippines
Some tourist visa holders being asked to show 20,000 baht in cash when entering Thailand
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North Korea 'is suffering its worst drought since 2001'
The drought has 'severely damaged' the already impoverished country's crop production, a new UN report warns.
 > Korea
A gas explosion at a noodle shop in China has killed two, hurt 55
Blast comes a few days after a similar incident at a restaurant in Taichung.
UPDATED: Two are dead and 100 are injured after a quake hit the Greek islands
The magnitude 6.7 temblor struck near the Greek Dodecanese islands and the southwest Turkish coastal city of Bodrum.
 > Europe
OJ Simpson is getting out of prison
Simpson was granted parole after serving nearly nine years for his part in a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping.
Linkin Park's singer Chester Bennington dead at 41
Chester Bennington was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes, close to Los Angeles. Suicide is suspected.
He thought his fish paste deserved a higher grade. The court didn't agree
The boss of an import firm decided, after tasting some fish paste, that it deserved a better grade. Now he's facing prison time.
These 4 stunning Taiwanese spaces have been short-listed for global interior design awards
Four Taiwanese entries are among the 78 shortlisted for the INSIDE World Festival awards to be handed out in Berlin.
These Asian countries have huge reserves of foreign exchange
China is the world's largest holder of foreign exchange reserves. It has over two and half times more foreign reserves than the second largest reserve holder, Japan.
 > Asia
 > Other
For the first time ever, over half of people with HIV are receiving treatment: UN
And the annual number of people who die from AIDS has nearly halved from 1.9 million to 1 million between 2005 and 2016.
Vietnam says all of its horrendous bear bile farms will be shut within 5 years
The farms are notorious, with rows of bears kept caged their entire lives, punctuated by the painful harvesting of bile for use in traditional Asian medicine.
 > Vietnam
A new year, a new policy: No more free bags at teashops from Jan. 1
And it's not just your beverage shop that will be affected by this new government policy.
This trader kept going even after losing every penny he had — eight times
'There is no shortcut to wealth. This is why we should always seek correctness, not speed.'
Taipei's Omni has become the first nightclub to win the very top Red Dot award
It took home the "Best of the Best" gong, marking the first time the awards have given its highest glory to a nightclub.
Taiwan isn't ready enough for the internet of things
Taiwan has ranked an unimpressive sixth in an ranking 13 Asia-Pacific countries by how ready they are to continue adopting internet of things technology.
The government is insisting it's not trying to ban incense burning
Interior Ministry rubbishes what it says is a rumor as a religious group prepares to protest.
It's still hot! Taipei hits nearly 38 degrees as typhoons loom
The Central Weather Bureau said that levels of ultraviolet rays were "very high" and "extreme" across Taiwan.
 > Local
 > Taipei
He looks surprised: Salvador Dali's body will be exhumed for a paternity test
A 61-year-old Spanish woman convinced a judge that Dali should be unearthed in order to find if she is the artist's daughter.
 > Europe
Japan's central bank has cut inflation forecast
But monetary easing measures propping up the world's third-largest economy will remain in place.
 > Asia
 > Japan
Open Championship begins in difficult, wet conditions
American Mark O'Meara, the winner at Birkdale in 1998, hit the first tee shot but ended up with a quadruple-bogey eight.
 > Golf
An auction of Madonna's 'highly personal items' was halted by a judge
The collection of items included a pair of previously worn underwear, a hairbrush with some of Madonna's hair and a breakup letter from former boyfriend Tupac.
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