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Premier approves dengue fever funds for Kaohsiung

By Sean Lin

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) has approved a subsidy of NT$52.1 million (US$1.66 million) for the Kaohsiung City Government to combat an outbreak of dengue fever. Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) made the announcement at an ad-hoc meeting in Kaohsiung on how the Executive Yuan andFULL STORY

Prosecutors charge US holiday firm owners

By Jason Pan

Taipei prosecutors yesterday charged the US owners of WorldVentures Taiwan (環宇全球公司), Kenneth Edward Head and Jonathon Starks McKillip, with contravening the Multi-Level Marketing Supervision Act (多層次傳銷管理法), which protects people from pyramid schemes. On the international business registry, the former is listed as Eddie Head, president andFULL STORY

Ministries promote overseas tours by local troupes

By Lu Yi-hsuan and Sherry Hsiao

The Formosa Circus Art (FOCA, 福爾摩沙馬戲團) troupe heads off to Indonesia on Tuesday next week, the first stop in a two-nation tour organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) as part of efforts to boost relations and cultural ties with countries targeted by theFULL STORY

Auction for 5G to be held earlier than planned, NCC says

By Shelley Shan

The government is to hold the 5G spectrum auction slightly earlier than scheduled, as several other countries have either released 5G licenses or held spectrum auctions already, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday. The commission said that it passed an amendment to the RegulationsFULL STORY

DPP officially nominates President Tsai

By Jason Pan

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday assured fellow Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members that she would win next year’s presidential election and that she has a mission to safeguard Taiwan’s freedom and democracy as the party officially nominated her as its presidential candidate. Tsai explained her twoFULL STORY

KMT to protest amendments to Referendum Act

By Ann Maxon

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday said it would hold demonstrations against amendments to the Referendum Act (公民投票法) that were passed on Monday, which it said undermine direct democracy. The plan was proposed by KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) at the weekly meeting of the KMTFULL STORY

Student tells Han his presidential bid is ‘ridiculous’

By Hung Ting-hung and Ann Maxon

A ninth-grade student yesterday told off Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), saying he was “ridiculous” for launching a presidential bid when he had just been elected mayor. “Your presidential bid is outright ridiculous. Do not allow your sentimentality to overpower your rationality. Wake up,” the maleFULL STORY

Forum fully booked by councilors, Ko says

By Lee I-chia

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said he heard that the slots for Taipei city councilors’ to sign up for this year’s cross-strait twin-city forum have all been filled, amid calls by some councilors that he should not cohost the event with Shanghai if heFULL STORY

NCC fines CtiTV NT$500,000 for failing to appoint an ombudsman as promised

By Shelley Shan

CtiTV News has been fined NT$500,000 for failing to appoint an ombudsman as it pledged to do so when applying for a license renewal in 2014, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday. The commission said it conducted investigations after receiving complaints from viewers andFULL STORY

Taiwan can count on unwavering US support: AIT head

Taiwan can count on the US’ “unwavering commitment to our future together,” while China is cause for concern, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen said at a forum in Taipei on Tuesday. “The United States has serious concerns about China’s market-distorting subsidies, threats, theftFULL STORY

Paris museum features paper offerings

By Jonathan Chin

An exhibition on the art of paper funeral offerings in Taiwan opened on Tuesday at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris and is to run until Oct. 27. The exhibition, “Palace Paradis,” was organized by the museum, the Ministry of Culture’s Taiwan Cultural Center inFULL STORY

High Court upholds ruling in death of gang member

By Jason Pan

The Taiwan High Court on Tuesday upheld a conviction against three men in the beating death of gang member Chen Chih-chiang (陳智強) in June last year, but handed down heavier punishments, saying the defendants had carried out the murder with extreme cruelty and had shownFULL STORY

Ask a doctor before adjusting sleeping pill dosage: expert

By Weng Yu-huang and Sherry Hsiao

A New Taipei City pharmacist warned people who use sleeping pills not to increase their dosage without consulting a doctor after a 52-year-old woman developed symptoms of substance abuse. The woman, surnamed Chen (陳), began taking medication for insomnia and other sleeping problems about a yearFULL STORY

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