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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
After two extra legislative sessions failed to make headway on three bills dear to the Kuomintang (KMT), the ruling party has decided not to move for another session, KMT legislative whip Alex Fai said yesterday.
The R.O.C. Navy Command yesterday confirmed that a Naval rear admiral has been demoted from his post as commander of the Fleet of Friendship for his “inappropriate behaviors” during a port call at one of Taiwan's Pacific allies this April.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Taiwan -- Rain, flooding delay reconstruction
After a night of heavy rainfall, reconstruction work at the explosion sites in Kaohsiung was forced to halt due to excessive flooding.
Taiwan is no longer interested in buying the advanced F-16C/D fighter jets from the United States, a source told local media yesterday.
Taiwan -- Prosecutors question 7 suspects on blasts
The Kaohsiung District Prosecutors' Office (KDPO) yesterday summoned seven suspects in the high-profile Kaohsiung gas explosions case for questioning.
The Taiwan Safety and Security Industry Association (TSSIA,台灣安全設備與服務產業協會) held a press conference yesterday almost two weeks after the Kaohsiung gas explosions, calling for the establishment of a crisis management system in the southern city, as well as discussing the government's overall planning on national security and the petrochemical industries.
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The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) continued to issue a torrential rain alert to Southern Taiwan including Tainan City, Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County, saying that the heavy rain caused by a southwesterly current will last until Aug. 13. In addition, part of Central Taiwan and Penghu may also be hit by torrential rain in upcoming days.
Two women were strangled to death over romantic entanglements yesterday, according to authorities, with one homicide taking place in Chiayi (嘉義) and the other in Taichung (台中).
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) yesterday expressed appreciation for President Ma Ying-jeou's concern while dismissing suggestions of partisan antagonism as the city works to rebuild following the July 31 blasts that killed dozens.
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The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) was set to discuss Monday if stricter flight safety standards should be established during inclement weather after a TransAsia (復興航空) plane crashed last month, leaving 48 people dead.
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