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Monday, November 23, 2015
Taiwan needs political shift to the left: protesters
Thousands marched from the Presidential Office to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters yesterday in Taipei, accusing both the ruling and main opposition parties of cozying up to big business on labor, land acquisition, education and gender policies.
A helicopter tasked with cleaning utility pylons became tangled up with high-voltage power lines before crashing on a hillside in New Taipei City yesterday, killing both pilots on board.
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Helicopter cleaning pylons crashes, killing two people
Two heavyweight United States senators have urged U.S. President Barack Obama to address American arms sales to Taiwan even if doing so brings "short-term tensions" to U.S.-China relations.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Sunday that it has raised its travel warning for Belgium to the yellow-color degree, urging Taiwanese nationals to be on the alert while traveling there.
The government yesterday expressed its deep condolences over the death of Kim Young-sam, a former South Korean president who had been a great friend of the Republic of China (R.O.C.).
Faster customs process will not compromise food safety: gov't
A hastened customs clearance process for cross-strait trade will not compromise the nation's stringent food safety requirements, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA, 經濟部) said on Sunday.
The presidential candidate and chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT), Eric Chu (朱立倫), urged people to support him and the party in the upcoming presidential and legislative elections, slated for Jan. 16, saying Taiwan cannot go back to the road from which it came in terms of cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
KMT bash aim for unity marred by Hung no-show
While an estimated 20,000 party members and supporters packed a boisterous venue in New Taipei's Banqiao District to celebrate the 121st anniversary of the Kuomintang's (KMT) founding yesterday (in advance of the actual anniversary date on Nov. 24), it was the absence of one party member that drew greater attention: Deputy Legislative Speaker and ousted presidential candidate, Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱).
The number of dengue fever cases in Kaohsiung has reached 13,293, with 285 new cases reported there Saturday, showing the outbreak of the disease remains at its peak in the southern port city, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.
Having barely recovered from the protests over history curriculum in July, the Ministry of Education (MOE, 教育部) finds itself under heat again. This time, over failing to prevent the undue influence of high-ranking officials who serve in positions at private universities right after their retirement.
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