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Society, system not equipped for jury trials: experts
Jury trials would not necessarily build public trust in the justice system, experts warned Thursday.
 
Over NT$1.3 bil. in typhoon losses for agricultural sector
Agricultural losses from Typhoon Megi, which battered Taiwan on Tuesday, have reached more than NT$1.31 billion (US$42 million), the Council of Agriculture (COA) said, citing estimates valid as of 11 a.m. Thursday.
 
Service on Alishan railway main line to be suspended
The Alishan Forest Railway in southern Taiwan will again suspend service on its main line, on Friday and Saturday to repair damaged tracks, after the line was reopened Thursday following two days of closure due to Typhoon Megi.
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Air Canada to resume Taipei-Vancouver route
Air Canada, the country's largest carrier, said Wednesday that it is planning to resume non-stop flights to Taipei to tap an increase in Taiwanese tourist numbers.
 
A Cabinet official for cross-strait affairs hinted Tuesday that China used the "1992 Consensus" as "an excuse" to bar Taiwan's participation in this year's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) meeting in Montreal.
 
Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Tseng Ming-chung (曾銘宗) said Thursday the Legislative Yuan's finance committee had found that none of Mega International Commercial Bank's (兆豐銀行) 174 suspicious transactions had passed through Taiwan.
 
In a sign of stronger economic recovery, economic indicators compiled by the National Development Council (NDC, 國發會) flashed green -- indicating "stability" -- for the second straight month.
 
The Tsai administration downplayed local media reports that the National Security Council hosted a luncheon for legislators Wednesday at the Taipei Sheraton, despite continuing clean-up work in the wake of Typhoon Megi.
 
Bao-nd for fame
A woman eats and struggles with her umbrella against powerful gusts of wind generated by Typhoon Megi in this photo taken by the Associated Press in Taipei, Tuesday, Sept. 27
 
Tropical Storm Chaba is likely to turn north after approaching Japan's Okinawa, lowering the chances of it hitting Taiwan in the coming days, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Thursday.
 
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