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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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) told party staff Thursday that they would not receive this month's salaries as scheduled, after the current administration ordered a freeze on the party's bank account as part of an investigation into ill-gotten party assets.
 
Korea National Day
Cho Baek-sang, right, representative of the Korean Mission in Taipei and R.O.C. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Lee Chen-jan (李澄然), give a toast at the Korean National Day Reception at Grand Hyatt hotel in Taipei on Thursday, Sept. 29. Over 400 guests attended the event.
 
Life expectancy in Taiwan reached a record high of 80.2 years in 2015, up from 79.84 years in 2014, according to statistics released Thursday by the Ministry of the Interior.
 
Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday that tourism from China during its National Day Golden Week next month is likely to be significantly slower than last year, as indicated by the number of travel applications received.
 
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