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CDC admits fault in delayed hantavirus report
Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Wednesday admitted it had been at fault for the delayed issuing of an alert after a hantavirus-carrying rat was caught at Kaohsiung's airport.
 
An investment team fronted by former Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) Director-General Chang Kuo-cheng (張國政) has pulled out of a potential takeover of TransAsia Airways, after the government revoked the airline's flying rights Wednesday.
 
Taiping humanitarian drills draw to a close
The Cabinet Wednesday hailed humanitarian rescue drills on Taiping Island and waters off the Spratly Islands as a "success," while quashing speculation on cooperation in the region with mainland China.
 
Taiwanese MLB legend says he's considering retirement
Taiwanese former New York Yankee's pitcher and current free-agent Chien-Ming Wang (王建民) said he may retire if he fails to find a team for next season.
 
A total of 1,991 new HIV positive cases were reported in the first 10 months of this year, an average of six per day, predominantly among young adults and middle-aged men, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said on Wednesday.
 
During a budget hearing at the Legislative Yuan, Wednesday, Nov. 30, Minister of Labor Kuo Fong-yu (郭芳煜) said it was "not the right time" to propose an annual paid leave plan.
 
The Hakka Affairs Council (HAC) on Nov. 30 unveiled its new cloud computing-based services designed to better promote the culture of one of Taiwan's major ethnic groups globally.
 
DPP rift
Supporters of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Ker Chien-min rally outside the DPP headquarters, Wednesday, Nov. 30. Ker, convener of the DPP legislative caucus, has been under fire for trying to make a compromise on the party-proposed same-sex marriage bill.
 
KMT stages protest over asset seizure
Kuomintang (KMT) politicians and employees descended on the Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee (IGPASC) in Taipei twice on Tuesday, demanding to enter the premises before being held back by a large police contingent.
 
Ex-CAA chief'willing to take over' TransAsia
Chang Kuo-cheng (張國政), former director general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA,民航局), said Tuesday he was "willing to take over" recently-dissolved TransAsia Airways (復興航空), urging the government to delay a revocation of the airline's flying rights set for today.
 
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