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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Taiwan -- Actor issues apology after arrest in Beijing
Following Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung's (柯震東) arrest in Beijing for using marijuana, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV yesterday aired video footage showing the actor's tearful apology to the public for “setting a negative example.”
Taiwan -- Fired for knowing too much: ex-deputy minister
In a television interview following his “forced” resignation, Former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) yesterday said that he has prepared a suicide letter as he felt he was fired for “knowing too much.”
Taiwan -- More in Taiwan take the plunge for Ice Bucket Challenge
Celebrities and public figures in Taiwan braced themselves for having a bucket of ice water dumped on their heads Tuesday as they continued the Internet sensation meant to raise awareness about a paralyzing disease.
President Ma Ying-jeou will be nominating 11 Control Yuan members according to the constitution and the constitutional interpretation of the Grand Justices, said the Presidential Office yesterday.
Several military police have been punished over obscene photos taken at an Air Force base in eastern Hualien County, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed yesterday.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 疾管署) yesterday announced that the first death from dengue fever this year occurred in Kaohsiung, where most cases were found so far, and reminded people to take some precautions, especially for diabetes and hypertension patients.
Taiwan is mulling taking out the banking sector from the long-stalled trade-in-services agreement with China and allowing further opening of banking industries across the Taiwan Strait, Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍) said Tuesday.
The examination-free policy is the backbone of the 12-year compulsory education scheme; therefore, the “exam-free first, specialty second” principle should be carried out as soon as possible, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesman Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎) said yesterday.
President Ma Ying-jeou promised yesterday to give full support to the nation's firefighters, who have complained about a lack of equipment and a shortage of manpower.
Taiwan's population will peak within the next 12 years and then decline dramatically with consequences for society that badly need to be addressed, according to a national population estimate for 2014-2061.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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