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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
KMT's Hung defies calls to step aside
Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday defied growing pressure to step aside ahead of a key party meeting to determine the fate of her candidacy, vowing to continue her bid even if it were to cause her "death on the battlefield."
After five years of negotiations, 12 countries finally came to an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Monday, a result the Taiwan government said that it will start its bid to join the partnership, which covers 36 percent of the global economy.
Taiwan ranked first in Asia and sixth overall in an index measuring the quality of palliative care in 80 countries, according to a report released yesterday by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The island improved massively from its 14th place ranking in 2010. The rankings are released once every five years.
Taiwan's Deputy Defense Minister Liu Chen-wu said Monday that his country hopes Washington will continue to provide Taipei with advanced defensive weapons.
The number of new dengue fever cases has dropped in Tainan but is on the rise in Kaohsiung, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.
Former secretary-general of the National Security Council (國安會), King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), won a lawsuit in his second trial against writer Neil Peng (馮光遠). The high court ruled Peng's criticism had caused damage to King's reputation and ruled he must pay King NT$1 million as compensation.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) is "willing to take the burden" of running as the party's presidential candidate, according to a top party official quoting Chu who was cited by local media yesterday.
KMT's Hung asked to quit presidential race
The National Security Bureau (NSB, 國安局) chief yesterday said that his bureau is currently training a group of special agents to offer protection to presidential candidates for the election campaign starting next month.
Dengue still escalating, expected to peak soon
The number of dengue fever cases in Taiwan has increased by 289 to 20,530 since the beginning of May, according to the latest figures released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Monday.
The National Development Council (NDC) yesterday announced its newest foray into the open data sector with the announcement of the Taiwan Open Data Center (TODC) and, platforms supported by the government and cooperation from private enterprise.
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