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Taiwan 10th-freest nation: think tank

By Ann Maxon

Taiwan is the 10th-freest country in the world, according to The Human Freedom Index 2018 released yesterday by Canadian think tank the Fraser Institute, while China sits near the bottom at 135th. Taiwan allows the greatest personal freedom in East Asia, having received the highest scoreFULL STORY

President Tsai decries row over Wu Pao-chun

By Stacy Hsu

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday urged China to remove political prerequisites from cross-strait exchanges after renowned Taiwanese baker Wu Pao-chun (吳寶春) faced calls for a boycott when he identified himself as a “baker born in Taiwan, China,” apparently for fear of being branded an independenceFULL STORY

Council to ban use of paraquat from February next year

By Lin Chia-nan

The sale and use of the highly toxic herbicide paraquat is to be banned from February, the Council of Agriculture said yesterday, adding that red bean farmers using other agents can receive subsidies before the ban takes effect. The council in October last year announcedFULL STORY

Thai junta lifts prohibition on political campaigning

Thailand’s junta yesterday lifted a ban on political campaigning ahead of next year’s elections, more than four years after the restriction was imposed following the kingdom’s latest coup. One of the military’s first acts after seizing power in May 2014 was to outlaw political activity ofFULL STORY

Judge debates apt bail for Huawei executive

A Canadian judge on Monday said he was not satisfied with a bail proposal from the lawyers for jailed Huawei Technologies Co (華為) chief financial officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou (孟晚舟), who faces a US extradition request. British Columbia (BC) Supreme Court Justice William Ehrcke voiced doubtsFULL STORY

HUAWEI WOES: Minister vows removal of tech2018-12-11

By Shelley Shan

Any equipment made by Huawei Technologies Co (華為) or ZTE Corp (中興) is to be quickly eliminated after a review of past government procurement cases, Minister Without Portfolio Wu Tze-cheng (吳澤成), who chairs the Public Construction Commission, said yesterday. Wu made the statement at a meetingFULL STORY

HUAWEI WOES: China summons US envoy over ‘inhumane’ detention2018-12-11

A Chinese newspaper called Canada’s detention of a senior executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei Technologies Co (華為) at Washington’s behest “inhumane,” after a day earlier summoning the US ambassador to Beijing to protest Ottawa’s decision and demand that the US cancel an order forFULL STORY

KMT members disrupt Transitional Justice review2018-12-11

By Hsieh Chun-lin and Sherry Hsiao

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators yesterday disrupted a meeting of the legislature’s Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee to review the Transitional Justice Commission’s annual plan and budget. At about 9am, KMT lawmakers prevented Transitional Justice Commission Acting Chairwoman Yang Tsui (楊翠), whose appointment byFULL STORY

Taipei government touts automated iTrash’s functions2018-12-11

By Lee I-chia

The Taipei City Government yesterday presented the city’s first iTrash station, which has a “smart” trash can with 24-hour self-service that allows residents to dispose of trash around-the-clock while earning reward points on EasyCards for recycling aluminum cans or PET bottles. The Taipei Department of InformationFULL STORY

EU court says Brexit reversal would be permissible2018-12-11

The EU’s top court yesterday ruled that the UK could unilaterally revoke its divorce notice, while British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday said that if parliament rejects her Brexit deal, it could leave Britain in the EU and bring the opposition Labour Party toFULL STORY

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