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Ministry confirms US warships’ Strait activity

The Ministry of National Defense on Monday evening confirmed that two US warships had sailed through the Taiwan Strait with a northerly bearing, after entering the channel from the seas near Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻). Premier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday said Taiwan respects the US’ right to exerciseFULL STORY

China voices ‘concern’ as US warships go through Strait

China yesterday said that it has expressed concern to the US over what it considered an affront to its sovereignty after two US warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait. The move adds to increasingly fraught relations between the two countries, which have clashed over a numberFULL STORY

Trump says US ready to bolster nuclear arsenal

US President Donald Trump on Monday said the US is ready to build up its nuclear arsenal after announcing that it is abandoning a Cold War-era nuclear treaty, as Russia warned the withdrawal could cripple global security. Trump sparked concern globally by saying on Saturday thatFULL STORY

Chinese female golfers told to pull out of tournament in Taiwan, sources say

Chinese players on the elite US professional women’s golf tour have pulled out of this week’s tournament in Taiwan at the 11th hour, after being told by someone “high up” in China to skip the event, sources familiar with the situation told reporters. They said worldFULL STORY

Erdogan says Saudi journalist ‘victim of a savage murder’

Saudi officials murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their Istanbul consulate after plotting his death for days, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday, contradicting Saudia Arabia’s explanation that the writer was accidentally killed. He demanded that the kingdom reveal the identities of all involved, regardlessFULL STORY

Cabinet task force to probe derailment2018-10-23

By Shelley Shan

The Cabinet yesterday established a task force to investigate Sunday’s deadly train accident in Yilan County. The 15-member task force is led by Minister Without Portfolio Wu Tze-cheng (吳澤成), while Bureau of High Speed Rail Director-General Allen Hu (胡湘麟) serves as executive secretary and spokesman, CabinetFULL STORY

Blood supplies sufficient to help victims2018-10-23

By Lee I-chia

The Taiwan Blood Services Foundation yesterday urged people not to rush to donate blood to help those injured in Sunday’s train derailment in Yilan County, but donate regularly to maintain healthy blood stocks at all times. The derailment of an eastbound Puyuma Express train near SinmaFULL STORY

PRC funding of campaigns probed2018-10-23

By Aaron Tu, Lin Ching-chuan and William Hetherington

The Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau is investigating 33 cases of alleged Chinese funding to candidate campaigns for the Nov. 24 elections, bureau Director-General Leu Wen-jong (呂文忠) said yesterday. Asked by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus deputy secretary-general William Tseng (曾銘宗) during a meeting of theFULL STORY

US administration trying to eliminate transgender rules2018-10-23

The government of US President Donald Trump is attempting to strip transgender people of official recognition by creating a definition of gender as being only male or female, and unchangeable once it is determined at birth, the New York Times reported on Sunday. The US DepartmentFULL STORY

Mystery deepens with phone calls, ‘body double’ reports2018-10-23

A man appearing to wear Jamal Khashoggi’s clothes left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul following his killing there, according to a surveillance video, while a member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage made four calls to the royal office at about the sameFULL STORY

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