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Aftershocks spark terror across Nepal

Nepal’s international airport briefly shut down yesterday when a powerful aftershock hit the capital, Kathmandu, forcing airplanes to turn around mid-flight, officials and reports said. Indian budget airline SpiceJet said it was forced to recall its plane to New Delhi after the air traffic control centerFULL STORY

Public, private aid efforts begin after quake

By Sean Lin and Lii Wen

The government and the public yesterday joined forces to organize relief missions to search for survivors of the massive earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, with members of a rescue team from the Taipei City Government late on Saturday night having finalized the logistics toFULL STORY

Ex-premier Jiang loses Supreme Court appeal

By Chang Wen-chuan and Chen Wei-han

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed by former premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺), upholding a decision made by the Taiwan High Court in February asking the Taipei District Court to reconsider an attempted murder charge against Jiang over the government’s forced eviction of Sunflower movementFULL STORY

ASEAN avoids confronting Beijing

Beijing is poised to take “de facto control” of the South China Sea, the Philippines said yesterday, but its call for a robust regional response at a summit was shot down. Alongside Taiwan, ASEAN members Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei claim parts of the body ofFULL STORY

One dead, four missing as storm slams regatta: US

A storm capsized several sailboats and left four people missing, the US Coast Guard said, while a mayor said one death had been confirmed. More than 100 sailboats and as many as 200 people were participating in the Dauphin Island Regatta in the Gulf of MexicoFULL STORY

Earthquake kills hundreds in Nepal2015-04-26

A powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India yesterday, killing hundreds of people, toppling a historic 19th-century tower in the capital, Kathmandu, and touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. There were reports of devastation in outlying, isolated mountainous areas after theFULL STORY

Tsai urges respect of free speech2015-04-26

By Loa Iok-sin

Amid calls from politicians and the public for stricter regulations governing acceptable behavior on social media Web sites, Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday expressed concern that such measures would harm Taiwan’s hard-earned right to freedom of speech. Following the suicide of entertainerFULL STORY

Thousands gather to mark Gallipoli centenary2015-04-26

Leaders and dignitaries from New Zealand, Australia and Turkey led thousands at dawn ceremonies on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula yesterday to mark the 100th anniversary of a World War I battle that helped shape their nations. The Gallipoli campaign has resonated through generations, which have mourned theFULL STORY

Young brothers help save parents from suicide bid2015-04-26

A couple were attended to this week after their three young children told police that their parents were trying to commit suicide, New Taipei City police said yesterday. The boys were carrying luggage when they arrived at Shalun Police Station in Banciao District (板橋) lateFULL STORY

US seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia ‘pivot’2015-04-26

The US has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and China expands its military presence in the South China Sea. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, in a speechFULL STORY

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