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XPEC head released on NT$10m bail

The Taipei District Court yesterday set bail for XPEC Entertainment Inc (樂陞科技) chairman Aaron Hsu (許金龍) after prosecutors sought court approval to detain him over alleged irregularities in a botched investment from a Japanese suitor, which caused massive losses for investors. In late May, Bai ChiFULL STORY

Gunman kills five at US mall, hunt under way

Police were yesterday searching for a gunman who authorities said opened fire in the makeup department of a Macy’s store at a mall north of Seattle, killing four women and one man before fleeing toward a highway on foot. People fled, customers hid in dressing roomsFULL STORY

KMT denies policy change

By Alison Hsiao

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Vice Chairman Steve Chan (詹啟賢) yesterday denied that “one China, with different interpretations [of what ‘China’ means]” has been scrapped in the party’s policy platform, contrary to what some KMT lawmakers have said. Chan made the remarks in response to reporters’ questionsFULL STORY

Government vows to fight Dean extradition decision

By Jason Pan

The government yesterday said it disagreed with a ruling denying a request to extradite convicted fugitive Zain Dean to Taiwan, vowing to continue its efforts to have the Briton face trial in a fatal hit-and-run case. Scotland’s High Court of Justiciary on Friday said it concurredFULL STORY

Suicide attacks kill 11 troops in Iraq, blame falls on IS

A triple suicide bombing targeting a security checkpoint north of Baghdad yesterday killed at least 11 security personnel, a police officer said. Saladin Governorate police force spokesman Colonel Mohammed al-Jabouri said three militants rammed explosives-laden vehicles into the main checkpoint near the town of al-Salam atFULL STORY

Ministry regrets lack of ICAO invitation2016-09-24

By Alison Hsiao

Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) yesterday said that the ministry has not received an invitation to this year’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly in Canada, adding that the government regrets and is disappointed with the outcome, while it believes the apparent decisionFULL STORY

Internal dispute arises in KMT over ‘consensus’2016-09-24

By Alison Hsiao

Some Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers have voiced discontent over KMT headquarters’ new approach to the so-called “1992 consensus,” party caucus convener Sufin Siluko (廖國棟) said yesterday. The “1992 consensus” — a term former Mainland Affairs Council chairman Su Chi (蘇起) admitted making up in 2000FULL STORY

Teachers told to work on Teachers’ Day2016-09-24

By Sean Lin

Teachers are being told they have to work on Teachers’ Day on Wednesday next week, while other workers are to have a day off as a bill to implement a “one fixed day off, one flexible rest day” workweek is reviewed by the legislature. Ministry ofFULL STORY

Syria airstrikes lead ground action2016-09-24

Warplanes launched some of the heaviest airstrikes yet on rebel-held areas of Aleppo yesterday after the Russian-backed Syrian army declared an offensive to fully capture Syria’s biggest city, killing off any hope of reviving a ceasefire. The offensive against rebel-held parts of the city is “aFULL STORY

S Korea rules out flood aid, says Kim would claim credit2016-09-24

South Korea yesterday ruled out giving aid to flood-hit North Korea, saying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would claim credit for any assistance following what Pyongyang calls the “worst disaster” since World War II. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) onFULL STORY

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