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Nation protests Japan seizure of fishing boat
Foreign Minster David Lin (林永樂) on Friday protested Japan's seizure of a Taiwanese ship, which occurred near an atoll claimed by Japan. Lin reiterated the R.O.C. government's protest of the vessel's seizure following his summons of Japan's top envoy to Taiwan.
 
Tsai pledges to safeguard rights of fishermen at sea
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen on Friday said she will protect Taiwanese fishermen's rights in the wake of Japan's seizure of a Taiwanese vessel Monday in waters near a Pacific Ocean atoll claimed by Tokyo.
 
New gov't energy targets 'very, very, very' challenging
Premier Simon Chang (張善政) said yesterday it would prove "very, very, very challenging" for President-elect Tsai Ing-wen to meet the renewable energy targets she set during the presidential campaign.
 
KMT occupies speaker podium in protest of blocked curriculum bill
In a historic moment on Friday morning, Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers occupied the legislative speaker's podium in protest of the retracted controversial high school curriculum guidelines and another bill that were passed by the majority Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
 
Classical Chinese painter Liao given coveted 'chief cultural ambassador' title
Showered with dozens of prizes over the past two years for his achievements in culture, literature and the arts, Taiwanese artist Liao Chun-mu (廖俊穆) has been awarded the title of Chief Ambassador of Intangible Cultural Heritage by the Chinese Culture and Arts Association (中國文化藝術協會).
 
The Judicial Yuan's grand justices concluded Friday that suspects detained by the court and the suspects' lawyers should have access to the evidence on which a detainment ruling is based.
 
Foreign Minister David Lin on Friday summoned Japan's de facto ambassador in Taipei to lodge a formal protest against the seizure earlier this week of a Taiwanese fishing boat on the high seas near a Japanese-controlled atoll.
 
President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that Japan's claim that the Okinotori atoll is an "island" violates the rights of fishermen everywhere and that Taiwan is not ruling out the idea of submitting the dispute to international arbitration.
 
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.........
 
An Indonesian official said a probe was underway to address reports of a "significant increase" in Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau who have been recruited by the Islamic State (IS).
 
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