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Police investigate acid attack at NTU

By Jason Pan

Taipei police were yesterday investigating an acid attack at a National Taiwan University (NTU) dormitory, where the alleged perpetrator is suspected of having committed suicide after harming three people, one of whom is believed to be his former boyfriend. The suspect, a 25-year-old National TaiwanFULL STORY

Taiwan, the US drop Formosat-7 satellite plans

Taiwan and the US have decided to drop plans to build a second set of six small satellites for the Formosat-7 program due to funding issues, the National Space Organization (NSPO) said yesterday. Following a report by Web site SpaceNews, NSPO Deputy Director-General Yu Shiann-jengFULL STORY

Recall campaign achieves threshold

By Lai Hsiao-tung

A campaign for a recall election aimed at New Power Party (NPP) Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) because of his support for legalizing same-sex marriage has reached the required 10 percent signature threshold, but is pending final verification, the New Taipei City Election Commission saidFULL STORY

Army admonished for White Terror-era rights abuses

By Jonathan Chin

The Control Yuan yesterday issued the Ministry of National Defense a correction for lawless conduct and human rights violations committed by the Republic of China Army 65 years ago during a counterinsurgency campaign in Luku Village (鹿窟) in northern Taiwan. The Luku Incident, which took placeFULL STORY

Japanese emperor set to abdicate in March 2019

Japanese Emperor Akihito is to step down on March 31, 2019, a report said yesterday, the first imperial retirement in more than two centuries. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to meet top officials and members of the royal household next month before announcing the date,FULL STORY

Private land auction draft bill finalized2017-10-20

By Chen Wei-han

The Cabinet and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators yesterday finalized a draft bill that would allow the government to auction vacant private land in industrial parks in a bid to solve an industrial land shortage. Land is one of five industrial shortages along with electricity, water,FULL STORY

Madrid ready to revoke Catalonia’s autonomy2017-10-20

The Spanish government yesterday immediately rejected a threat by Catalonia’s leader to declare independence unless talks are held, calling a special Cabinet session for the weekend to activate measures to take control of the region’s semi-autonomous powers. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont’s warning came in a letterFULL STORY

South Korean professor indicted for harassment2017-10-20

By Jason Pan

Prosecutors yesterday indicted a South Korean assistant professor at National Chengchi University for alleged sexual harassment of his female students. The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office said there was sufficient evidence to indict the acadmic, surnamed Park, who teaches in the university’s Department of Korean Language andFULL STORY

Lawmakers pan KMT for avoiding ROC references in congratulatory CCP letter2017-10-20

By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jonathan Chin

Legislators yesterday criticized the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) for avoiding references to the Republic of China (ROC) in its congratulatory letter to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ahead of its 19th National Congress. The KMT dated a letter to the CCP “October 17, 106 (2017),” withoutFULL STORY

US wants stronger India ties to counter PRC’s rise: Tillerson2017-10-20

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said before a visit to India next week that the administration of US President Donald Trump wants to “dramatically deepen” cooperation with New Delhi, seeing it as a key partner in the face of negative Chinese influenceFULL STORY

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