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Groups urge care after mayor’s suicide remarks

By Lee I-chia

The Taiwanese Society of Suicidology, Taiwanese Society of Psychiatry and Taiwan Association Against Depression yesterday urged politicians and the public to show care, rather than blame or ridicule, regarding suicide. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), chairman of the Taiwan People’s Party, said while meeting supporters onFULL STORY

Tainan’s Museum of Archaeology opens

The National Museum of Prehistory’s (NMP) Tainan branch officially opened yesterday after a nine-month soft opening, with hundreds of artifacts, including some dating back 5,000 years, on display. Named the Museum of Archaeology, the branch is built on 2.44 hectares of land in the city’sFULL STORY

Sugary drinks might affect fertility, gynecologist says

By Wang Chun-chung and Jake Chung

Consuming sugary drinks every day for a year could lead to decreased fertility in men and women, a gynecologist said on Friday. National Cheng Kung University Hospital gynecologist Chen Ta-sheng (陳達生) cited research published in the journal Fertility and Sterility in 2017 and last year. It saidFULL STORY

WWII fighter to land at Songshan airport today

A legendary World War II British fighter plane is to land at Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) today after it was delayed in Japan due to poor weather, the airport said. The arrival time of the Silver Spitfire, a single-seat Supermarine Spitfire aircraft that was originallyFULL STORY

Twelve arrested over alleged scam targeting migrants

Police arrested 12 people on Wednesday and Thursday in Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Chiayi on suspicion of being involved in a telecom fraud ring that targeted migrant workers, the Central Investigation Bureau said on Friday. Eight Vietnamese and their spouses are suspected of using the personalFULL STORY

Election campaigns shift into high gear

By Lee Hsin-fang, Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jake Chung

Campaigning for next year’s presidential and legislative elections is heating up, with the nation’s biggest two political parties stepping up efforts to rally their support bases. Looking toward a second term, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday told a campaign eventFULL STORY

Lu attributes closures to ‘oppression’

By Lu Yi-hsuan and Dennis Xie

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), an independent candidate in the Jan. 11 presidential election, yesterday said that many of her petition stations have been shut down due to “oppression.” On the recommendation of the Formosa Alliance, Lu has partnered with Nantou County Commissioner Peng Pai-hsienFULL STORY

Online education can be defensive component: Ko

By Lee I-chia

Promoting an online educational platform could be viewed as part of the national defense industry and as a way to counter Chinese “united front” tactics if all children in China could learn from the platform, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday. Ko made the remarkFULL STORY

Representative meets with US, allies’ officials

Representative to the US Stanley Kao (高碩泰) on Friday met with several officials from the US Department of State and representatives of seven of Taipei’s diplomatic allies in an effort to help Taiwan keep its rapidly diminishing allies in the western hemisphere. One of theFULL STORY

MOE urges universities to warn Chinese students

The Ministry of Education (MOE) last week sent a letter to Taiwanese universities urging them to remind Chinese students vandalism or violence could lead to the cancelation of their entry permits, a ministry official said yesterday. The letter follows a spate of incidents at campusFULL STORY

Budget Center asks military to plan for understrength units

By Aaron Tu and Jake Chung

Following a review of the Ministry of National Defense’s fiscal 2020 budget, the Legislative Yuan’s Budget Center has asked that the ministry include plans to address seven Class 1 combat arms units that are at least 20 percent understrength in personnel. According to the ministry’s classification,FULL STORY

Critics question validity of Tsai’s doctoral degree

By Sean Lin

Media personality Dennis Peng (彭文正) and academic Hwan C. Lin (林環牆) on Friday held a news conference in London to question the authenticity of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) doctoral dissertation at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). National Taiwan University (NTU) professor emeritusFULL STORY

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