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Questions abound over Penghu crash

By Shelley Shan

The crash of TransAsia Airways (復興航空) Flight GE222 outside Magong Airport on Penghu Wednesday evening killed 48 people aboard the plane and injured 10, officials said yesterday. Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) Director-General Jean Shen (沈啟) said that rescuers had located 48 bodies at the crashFULL STORY

Victims include master carpenter, firefighter, families

By Shelley Shan

Family members, friends and colleagues yesterday mourned and paid tribute to the 48 people killed in the crash of a TransAsia Airways (復興航空) plane on Penghu on Wednesday evening. The Ministry of Culture’s Bureau of Cultural Heritage confirmed that 82-year-old Yeh Ken-chuang (葉根壯), a carpenter andFULL STORY

Daughter escapes plane, calls father

Hung Yu-ting (洪郁婷) had only a few minutes to act after TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 crashed in rain and darkness on the outlying island county of Penghu on Wednesday evening. The 34-year-old’s quick thinking — with a touch of luck — is what made herFULL STORY

Minister of labor resigns

By Alison Hsiao

Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) approved Minister of Labor Pan Shih-wei’s (潘世偉) resignation last night, hours after Pan offered to step down during an early-morning telephone call to Jiang amid rumors of an extramarital affair. Executive Yuan spokesperson Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) said Jiang spoke again byFULL STORY

Air Algerie flight reported missing en route to Algiers

An Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou to Algiers is missing with 110 passengers on board, almost half of them French citizens, officials said yesterday. There were no clear indications of what might have happened to the flight en route north to Algiers from theFULL STORY

Plane crash on Penghu kills dozens2014-07-24

By Shelley Shan and Jake Chung

A TransAsia Airways (復興航空) plane crashed on Penghu yesterday, killing at least 47 people, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said last night. The flight from Greater Kaohsiung crashed near the Magong Airport’s runway with 54 passengers and four crew on board, the agency said. Minister ofFULL STORY

Typhoon Matmo hurts 17, many lose power2014-07-24

By Shelley Shan

Seventeen people were injured and more than 460,000 households lost power as Typhoon Matmo pummeled the nation with torrential rainfall and strong wind, the Central Emergency Operation Center (CEOC) said yesterday. Statistics from the center showed that six of the injuries were reported in Taipei, fourFULL STORY

No shift in Washington’s arms sales to Taiwan policy2014-07-24

By William Lowther

There was speculation among US-based China experts this week that the White House was growing increasingly frustrated with China and could change policies and move closer to Taiwan, even agreeing to sell it new weapon systems. However, sources close to the administration of US President BarackFULL STORY

First bodies of Flight MH17 victims arrive in Netherlands2014-07-24

Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 landed yesterday in the southern city of Eindhoven, while pro-Russian rebels shot down two fighter jets in Ukraine’s restive east as fighting flared in the region. Six days afterFULL STORY

Kerry in diplomatic push as assault on Gaza continues2014-07-24

Israeli forces yesterday pounded Gaza, meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists and sending thousands of residents fleeing, as US Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Israel ceasefire talks had made some progress. In a blow to Israel’s economy and a public relationsFULL STORY

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