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Taiwan's mortgage loans showed a 4.18 percent increase year-on-year in April, but the central bank has warned against jumping to the conclusion that the local property market was actually rebounding.
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Chinese tech giant Huawei said Wednesday it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against South Korean mobile phone rival Samsung in the United States and China, in a case that highlights the rise of Asian competitors as technology creators.
 
Rice dumpling feast
In this Wednesday, May 25 photo, rice dumplings of different flavors and fillings are on display at Taipei City's Nanmen Market, which hosted an activity to warm up for the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival. The famous traditional market arranged a banquet featuring different kinds of rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves. Rice dumplings are a must for the festival, which falls on June 9 this year.
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An app that allows rural doctors to seek advice remotely from experts on Tuesday won Africa's first prize recognizing new technology that boosts health on the continent.
 
Microsoft announced Wednesday it would let go up to 1,850 employees and a Finnish union called it the end of the company's smartphone manufacturing business, bought from Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia.
 
The U.S. stock market regulator has opened an investigation into the accounting practices of Chinese online giant Alibaba, a company document showed.
 
Monsanto: $62 bn Bayer bid too low, but open to talks
US agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. rejected Tuesday the $62 billion takeover bid by Germany's Bayer AG as too low, but said it was willing to entertain further talks on a merger.
 
India, Iran revive trade ties with port deal
India agreed Monday to finance the development of an Iranian port as a trading hub, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to revive economic ties with Tehran after the lifting of sanctions.
 
'Bourgeois' cult of beautiful bod grows in Cuba
Inside Armando Yera's gym, toned Cubans in tight spandex are pumping iron in front of mirrored walls and pedaling furiously on stationary bikes, a scene that looks more Miami than Havana.
 
Swiss approve bank dissolution after BSI found linked to fraud
Swiss financial regulators approved Tuesday the dissolution of Lugano-based BSI Bank over its links to a corruption scandal engulfing Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak.
 
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