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Ma should apologize over Chang: Tsai

By Chen Hui-ping and Jake Chung

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and the government’s national security branch owe the nation an apology for the recent turmoil over the resignation of former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) amid allegations that he leaked state secrets, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ChairpersonFULL STORY

Almost NT$1bn project to boost birthrate

By Stacy Hsu

The Health Promotion Administration yesterday unveiled a long-awaited subsidy scheme for couples seeking assisted reproductive technology treatment, as part of its efforts to salvage the nation’s dismal fertility rate. “The nation is faced with two grave challenges: a fast-aging population and a dwindling birth rate.FULL STORY

Gaza truce holds as Israel, Hamas both claim victory

The skies over Gaza remained calm yesterday as a long-term ceasefire took hold, ending the deadliest violence in a decade with Israel and Hamas both claiming victory in the 50-day war. Millions in and around the war-torn enclave enjoyed a welcome night of peace during whichFULL STORY

China dismisses claim it breached Taiwan airspace

China has rejected Taiwan’s claim that two Chinese military aircraft had breached Taiwan’s air defense identification zone four times, saying that it was a “routine flight” in “the relevant airspace.” Taiwanese fighter jets were scrambled on Monday to intercept two Chinese military aircraft, which wereFULL STORY

US journalist Curtis returns home after kidnapping in Syria

A US journalist held for nearly two years by militants in Syria returned to the US late on Tuesday, two days after Qatar negotiated his release, his family said. Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was reunited with his mother, Nancy Curtis, at Boston Logan International Airport afterFULL STORY

Two Chinese surveillance planes blocked by Taiwan2014-08-27

Two Chinese surveillance aircraft intruded into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) four times on Monday and were intercepted by Taiwanese fighter jets and escorted out of the zone each time, a senior air force official said yesterday. In each incident, a single Y-8 electronic surveillanceFULL STORY

Shelve pact amid Chang case: TSU2014-08-27

By Alison Hsiao

The Taiwan Solidarity Union’s (TSU) legislative caucus yesterday said that the cross-strait service trade agreement should not be reviewed until the case in which former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) is accused of leaking state secrets is closed. Chang is accused ofFULL STORY

Ukrainian and Russian leaders meet on crisis2014-08-27

The presidents of Russia and Ukraine held key talks yesterday with little hopes for a breakthrough in resolving the raging conflict pitting Kiev against pro-Moscow separatist rebels. Hours before the crunch talks, Kiev ratcheted up tensions by releasing footage purporting to show 10 Russian soldiers capturedFULL STORY

Xingtian’s ban on incense upsets vendors, not visitors2014-08-27

By Yeh Kuan-yu

Taipei’s Xingtian Temple (行天宮) saw no fewer visitors yesterday after its new policy banning incense burning and food offerings officially took effect. However, a drastic decline was seen in the number of vendors selling incense or other items used during prayers outside the temple. The temple,FULL STORY

US, Chinese officials to meet at Pentagon after jet intercept2014-08-27

US and Chinese military officials will hold talks on rules of behavior at the Pentagon today and tomorrow, a US official said, days after the US denounced what it called a “dangerous” Chinese jet intercept of a US Navy patrol plane. On Tuesday last week, aFULL STORY

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