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May, 6, 2016

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Kuomintang (KMT) party officials blasted former premier and future envoy to Japan Frank Hsieh this morning, saying that his stance on the Okinotori atoll standoff with Tokyo made him unfit to represent Taiwan.
 
Premier-designate tight-lipped on '1992 Consensus,' US pork
Premier-designate Lin Chuan (林全) met with Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) and caucus party leaders at the Legislative Yuan today, but remained tight-lipped regarding the incoming government's position on the "1992 Consensus."
 
Chances of standoff near atoll rise
Taiwan and Japan are headed toward a possible maritime showdown as ships from both countries are likely to overlap in the waters surrounding Okinotori atoll Friday, the area where a Taiwanese vessel was seized by Japanese authorities late last month.
 
Inauguration state banquet to feature seasonal and locally produced food
Seasonal and locally produced foods will be the theme of a state banquet that will be held May 20 in celebration of the inauguration of Taiwan's new president and vice president, the organizing committee said Thursday.
 
A C-130 transport plane carrying a group of 20 former senior government officials from Taiwan proper to Taiping Island was apparently approached by two U.S. jet fighters on its return trip, a local newspaper reported.
 
The Supreme Court on Thursday gave its final order to sentence a man convicted over a 2012 arcade murder to life imprisonment.
 
A hard landing
A damaged trainer of the APEX Flight Academy is seen in this photo taken at Taitung Airport on Thursday, May 5. The trainer was damaged during a solo landing practice by a cadet surnamed Chang, who was not injured in the incident.
 
Justice Minister Luo Ying-shay (羅瑩雪) said Thursday that there are still many fraud cases involving Taiwanese nationals in around a dozen countries, all of which are being investigated.
 
National Taiwan University's ranking in a global survey of university reputations has slipped for the third consecutive year, according to the results of the survey announced Wednesday by British magazine, the Times Higher Education.
 
Taiwan's recent placement on a U.S. currency watch list will not affect its bid to join the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the central bank said yesterday.
 
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