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July, 26, 2016

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Two months into President Tsai Ing-wen's first term as president after a landslide electoral victory, the U.S.-based Washington Post published an edited online excerpt of an interview with her on July 21, yet rather than clarifying the situation...
 
The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague is set to rule on the contentious South China Sea issue Tuesday, a decision which is certain to have serious implications in one of the world's busiest waterways.
 
Boxed in: Taiwan's workforce faces overwhelming obstacles
A trending topic in Taiwan in the past few weeks has been labor issues, from the striking flight attendants of national carrier China Airlines, to the recent government kerfuffle over how to implement the fabled 40-hour week for a workforce generally accustomed to long hours.
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The uptick of random killings in Taiwan, including several gruesome slayings of toddlers, have resulted in public outcry, not just for the crimes themselves, but the resulting judicial process following the apprehension of the criminals. This includes an oft-heard saying: "One won't be put to death in Taiwan for committing murder." Public discontent toward the judicial system grows ever-more fervent, leading in some cases to the removal of certain judges deemed unfit by their lack of professionalism.
 
How can this be normal?
 
Taiwan's criminal prosecution system has been gradually adjusted to more closely resemble the adversarial system, but the detention system still betrays hints of the mindset of the inquisitorial system.
 
It's been a busy start to the year for the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).
 
Taiwan has become a haven for fraud perpetrators, with a few such alleged criminals -- who are accused of conning hundreds of millions of New Taiwan dollars from victims -- being held up in court as prosecutors prioritize human rights over punishments. Recently, media outlets have reported that some fraud suspects absconded from a court bail.........
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The prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Public Service this year was awarded to a team of journalists from the Associated Press for their extensive investigation revealing slave labor practices in the seafood trade, the product of which eventually reaches the plates of U.S.
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The recent controversial deportation of 45 R.O.C. citizens involved in telecommunications fraud from Kenya to China has sparked public anger in Taiwan over Beijing's unilateral decision, despite Taipei's objections.
 
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