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In move certain to enrage Beijing, Trump, Tsai discuss issues including economy, defense
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump have spoken over the phone and discussed issues including economy and defense, the Presidential Office said Saturday.
 
Trump upends US foreign policy with Taiwan call
US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of foreign policy to speak with the president of Taiwan, prompting Beijing Saturday to accuse Taipei of a ploy but saying the move would not affect US-China ties.
 
DPP's bid to pass labor bill thwarted
The ruling party's attempt to push through controversial amendments to the Labor Standards Act in the Legislature Friday was thwarted after fierce resistance from protesters outside the lawmaking body in Taipei.
 
Anti-marriage equality protesters return to streets
Tens of thousands gathered Saturday on Ketagalan Boulevard to rally against the bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
 
Prosecutors on Friday indicted Mckinney Tsai (蔡有才), former chairman of turmoil-ridden Mega Financial Holding Co., Ltd. (兆豐金控), on a string of financial charges and recommended he be handed a 12-year prison sentence.
 
Business leaders slam annual leave reforms
Business leaders said Friday the government was creating, not addressing problems for local enterprises by trying to force through a series of controversial amendments to the Labor Standards Act, arguing the changes would threaten the survival of small and medium-sized enterprises.
 
Crackdown on illegal farms launched to tackle bird flu
Animal quarantine authorities have stepped up a crackdown on illegal poultry farms in a bid to contain the spread of bird flu.
 
IoT 'giving rise to security threats'
Companies and governments eager to harness the enormous growth potential of the internet of things (IoT) have rapidly produced millions of devices that could be hijacked in the service of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, security specialists said Friday.
 
Mandarin Oriental lights up Christmas with 20-meter tree
Mandarin Oriental, Taipei yesterday put up a sparkling Christmas tree at The Arcade entrance on Dunhua North Road. The tree is 8 meters wide and 20 meters tall and features 28 candy-shaped LED lights.
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In the past, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has shown itself to be adept at tapping into public discontent and converting them into electoral victories. It did so in 2014, standing by students in what was to become the Sunflower Movement and riding on a wave of public distrust toward the then-ruling KMT.
 
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