Under a shady starfruit tree Taiwanese beekeeper Jiang Hwan-bin tends his hives, pumping out pure honey for a rapidly growing market of health-conscious consumers. Jiang's family has been keeping bees for 80 years and he now manages 500 hives in the northwest county of Hsinchu. A string of food safety scandals in Taiwan has driven demand for clean, traceable produce, with pure honey seen as particularly beneficial -- whether stirred into water as a summer thirst-quencher or used as a sugar substitute in desserts.>>> »
Afghanistan saw a 10 percent jump in opium cultivation this year, a sharp rise owing to bumper yields, collapsing eradication efforts amid growing insecurity and declining international counter-narcotics assistance, the UN said Sunday. Cultivation dropped last year due to drought conditions but it has
Minutes after fishermen tip him off that a ship is about to pass through Istanbul's Bosphorus, Yoruk Isik drops what he's doing and rushes to his favourite vantage point, camera in hand. It is a Russian warship, in this case the landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov. It makes stately progress through
With polls giving her the edge on Election Day, Democratic White House nominee Hillary Clinton said she planned to work hard to see her party make gains in Congress. Speaking to reporters aboard her campaign plane, the 68-year-old former secretary of state said she no longer wished to respond to the
After basking in its best tourist summer season in 15 years, Spain now sees dark clouds on the horizon as popular destinations reach saturation point and holidaymakers are more thrifty, industry experts say. The 2016 summer season proved exceptionally good, with an influx of tourists fleeing other popular
Under a shady starfruit tree Taiwanese beekeeper Jiang Hwan-bin tends his hives, pumping out pure honey for a rapidly growing market of health-conscious consumers. Jiang's family has been keeping bees for 80 years and he now manages 500 hives in the northwest county of Hsinchu. A string of food
The cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan, the world's main source of heroin, has risen to its third-highest level in more than 20 years, the United Nations confirmed on Sunday, as the Taliban insurgency gains ground. In the key findings of its annual Afghanistan opium survey, the U.N. Office
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 ― Maria Chin Abdullah who chairs Bersih 2.0 rubbished today a claim that the electoral watchdog had hired people to assault its own supporters for publicity. She emphasised...
Sloshed back at rowdy open-air "bia hoi" day and night, beer is Vietnam's tipple of choice and now its cash-strapped government is drawing on the nation's penchant for lager to raise billions of dollars by selling stakes in state-owned brewers. For Vietnam's government, beer is
Hillary Clinton bested Donald Trump in three debates. She leads in many preference polls of the most competitive states. Barring a significant shift in the next two weeks, she is in a strong position to ...
BOSTON (AP) — Tim Kaine is sounding a hopeful note that a Democratic White House could work with Republicans to bridge deep divides laid bare by this bitter presidential campaign.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Trump is laying out an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days as president but pointedly noting that he will find time to sue the numerous women who have accused him of groping and other unwanted sexual behavior.
The first round of the poll, held on October 9, gave the conservative Homeland Union the slimmest of leads with 21.70 percent of the vote (22 seats). The centrist Lithuanian Peasants and Green Union party (LPGU) won 21.53 percent (21 seats). The ruling leftists finished third with just 14.42 percent
Heavy clashes erupted between regime and rebel forces in Syria's divided city of Aleppo after a "humanitarian" ceasefire announced by government ally Russia expired before the UN could evacuate wounded civilians from rebel-held areas. Moscow had extended the unilateral "humanitarian
Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels on Saturday started talks on how to retool a peace deal, rejected in a referendum last month, that would end Latin America's longest civil war. Let's get peace," the lead FARC negotiator Timoleon Jimenez (Timochenko) tweeted. The FARC,
AT&T's $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner represents a new bet on synergy between companies that distribute information and entertainment to consumers and those that produce it. The acquisition would ...
The collapse of free trade talks between Canada and the European Union is yet another sign of increasingly stiff resistance to economic globalization. Despite seven years of talks between Ottawa and Brussels, the CETA Treaty crashed into a wall Friday after being rejected by the Belgian region of Wallonia
Apple is battling to gain a foothold in Indonesia after nationalistic regulations hit the US tech giant's efforts to compete in the booming emerging market against Samsung and other rivals. The iPhone 6S and 7 are yet to be released in Southeast Asia's largest economy as Apple struggles to fulfil
Spain's embattled Socialists gather Sunday for a crunch strategy meeting expected to see the party lift its veto on a minority conservative government and finally unblock the country's 10-month political deadlock. The Madrid gathering of the Socialists' federal committee, which sets party
For people living in the small city of Abalak in central Niger, the abduction of a longtime US aid worker over a week ago has left them angry and anxious. Jeffery Woodke was no stranger here. "We are furious and shocked by this kidnapping," said Ibrahim Adamou, a 16-year-old student, as he
Rescuers pulled 2,400 boat migrants to safety on Saturday, the Italian coastguard said, adding 14 dead bodies had been recovered in the past two days. The migrants were on rubber boats and other small vessels, it said in a statement. Some 20 operations were carried out on Saturday alone, including
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hillary Clinton is expanding her focus in the final days of the presidential race, seeking to help down-ballot congressional candidates.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Steering his campaign toward controversy yet again, Donald Trump vowed Saturday to sue every woman who has accused him of sexual assault or other inappropriate behavior. He called them "liars" whose allegations he blamed Democrats for orchestrating.
By Deisy Buitrago and Diego Oré CARACAS (Reuters) - Led by women dressed in white, several thousand Venezuelans marched through Caracas on Saturday in the first of what the opposition hopes will be growing protests against the quashing of a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro. The opposition
By Phil Stewart and Tuvan Gumrukcu BAGHDAD/ANKARA (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declined on Saturday an offer from Turkey to take part in the battle to drive Islamic State militants from Mosul, a decision that could rile Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Mosul was once part of the
Socialist party leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis has said that on current trends none of the Socialist candidates will be able to win France's 2017 presidential election or even make it into the second round. French President Francois Hollande's chances of being re-elected next May are seen