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Push to change team name for Olympics

By Chen Wei-han

Pro-independence groups yesterday renewed their call for a referendum to rename the national sports team from “Chinese Taipei” to “Taiwan” when participating in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. A coalition that includes the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), the Social Democratic Party, World United Formosans forFULL STORY

US moving ships, bombers toward S Korea

The US is beefing up its presence around the Korean Peninsula ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics by deploying stealth bombers, at least one extra aircraft carrier and a new amphibious assault ship to the region. Coming after Washington agreed to postpone massive annual military maneuversFULL STORY

Chunghwa Post rolls out electric fleet for carriers

By Shelley Shan

Chunghwa Post (中華郵政) is planning to spend NT$650 million (US$22 million) over the next six years to replace its fleet of motorcycles with electric scooters. The company has so far replaced 1,627 motorcycles with electric scooters as part of the government’s efforts to conserve energy,FULL STORY

Pros and cons of irrigation groups’ status change aired

By Lin Chia-nan

More than 4,000 members of irrigation associations and 151 academics have backed a proposal to convert the associations into government bodies, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said yesterday. Lawmakers are scheduled to review the council’s draft amendment to the Organic Regulations for Irrigation and Water ConservancyFULL STORY

Baghdad suicide bombings kill 38

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi yesterday called for the elimination of extremist “sleeper cells” after a twin suicide bombing killed 38 people in Baghdad in the second such attack in three days. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but most such attacks in IraqFULL STORY

China targets 10 groups for ‘united front’2018-01-15

By Chung Li-hua and Sherry Hsiao

China is using economic incentives to target 10 types of groups in Taiwan as part of its “united front” tactics, an unnamed government official said, citing national security intelligence. The official said the groups targeted for engagement are local townships, young people and students, Chinese spousesFULL STORY

MND mum on Airbus fine over 1992 missile sale2018-01-15

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday said it has no comment on international media reports that Airbus SE has been fined 104 million euros (US$128 million) for a dispute linked to missile sales to Taiwan in 1992 by Matra Defence S.A.S., which Airbus acquired inFULL STORY

Teens tolerant of violence against females: survey2018-01-15

By Wu Liang-yi and Sherry Hsiao

A survey by the Ministry of Health and Welfare has found that 18-to-19-year-olds are more tolerant toward gender-based violence. Those aged 56 to 64, 65 and over, and 18 to 19 showed higher levels of tolerance and rationalization toward gender-based violence, the ministry said, adding thatFULL STORY

New protests as Tunisia marks uprising anniversary2018-01-15

Tunisians yesterday marked seven years since the uprising that launched the Arab Spring, with more protests after days of unrest over persisting poverty and unemployment. The North African country is seen as having had a relatively smooth democratic transition since the Jan. 14, 2011, topplingFULL STORY

Iranian leader hails Trump’s failure to thwart deal2018-01-15

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday said the US had failed to undermine a nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers, and hailed the accord as a “long-lasting victory” for Iran, state television reported. US President Donald Trump on Friday delivered an ultimatum to European signatories ofFULL STORY

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