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Negligence denied over concert fracas

By Lee I-chia

The Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs yesterday voiced deep regret that a cross-strait concert was canceled on Sunday after protests descended into violence, while Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said there was no negligence on the part of the city government. The “Sing! China: Shanghai-Taipei MusicFULL STORY

Abe calls snap election to seek new mandate

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday said he would dissolve parliament’s lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance toward North Korea and rebalance the social security system. Abe, in power for five years, had been expectedFULL STORY

Five former Inotera employees indicted for trade espionage

By Lauly Li

Five former employees of Inotera Memories Inc (華亞科) have been charged with allegedly passing confidential trade secrets from their former employer to a Chinese semiconductor firm last year, the Taoyuan District Prosecutors’ Office said yesterday. US memorychip maker Micron Technology Inc, which previously owned a 33FULL STORY

Bank of Taiwan to set up Frankfurt office over Brexit

By Crystal Hsu

State-owned Bank of Taiwan (BOT, 台灣銀行), the banking arm of Taiwan Financial Holding Co (台灣金控), yesterday approved plans to set up a representative office in Frankfurt, Germany, as it takes steps to brace for Brexit and deepen its presence in Europe. The move makes the bankFULL STORY

Merkel wins re-election, but faces double headache

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday huddled with her party after winning a fourth term with a far weaker score, facing the double headache of an emboldened nationalist opposition party and thorny coalition talks. If the campaign was widely decried as boring, its outcome was a bombshellFULL STORY

Tsai calls for constitutional reforms2017-09-25

By Chen Wei-han

Constitutional reform is needed to build a more functional democracy for Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday as she called on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to come up with new narratives and policies to respond to domestic and international changes. In a speechFULL STORY

Russia downplays threat of US strike on N Korea2017-09-25

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov yesterday said that the US would not carry out a strike on North Korea because it knows Pyongyang has nuclear bombs. “The Americans won’t carry out a strike on [North] Korea because it’s not that they suspect, theyFULL STORY

Protests lead to cancelation of cross-strait event2017-09-25

By Chou Yen-yu

The “Sing! China: Shanghai-Taipei Music Festival” scheduled for yesterday at National Taiwan University’s (NTU) athletic field came to an abrupt end following protests by pro-Taiwan independence groups and students at the school against the university’s decision to rent the venue for the event. The siteFULL STORY

Annual Sun Moon Lake crossing draws almost 20,000, selfies become a concern2017-09-25

By Hsieh Chieh-yu, Liu Pin-chuan and William Hetherington

Nearly 20,000 people yesterday took part in the 35th annual Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival, while the increasing use of waterproofed cellphones during the swim triggered safety concerns. The 19,862 participants included 896 swimmers from 36 countries, including the US, China, Japan and England, andFULL STORY

Germans expecting Merkel victory as voters go to polls2017-09-25

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday cast her ballot in Berlin in a general election widely predicted to land her a fourth term, but a possible strong showing by hard-right nationalists could cloud her victory. Wearing black trousers and a red blazer, Merkel smiled for photographersFULL STORY

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