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Protests greet Ma at Academia Sinica

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

Several hundred researchers at the Academia Sinica shouted appeals first made by the Sunflower movement at President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday when he visited the nation’s most eminent national research institution for an international conference about the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) issue. While Ma was giving theFULL STORY

US shouldn’t turn back on Taiwan, new envoy says

By William Lowther

The US would be making a big mistake if it turns its back on Taiwan, newly appointed Representative to the US Shen Lyu-shun (沈呂巡) said on Wednesday. “If you say goodbye to Taiwan, you will regret it with tears the next day,” he said in aFULL STORY

Ferry rescue hampered by conditions

Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters yesterday as they searched for hundreds of people, most of them teenagers from the same school, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized on Wednesday. South Korean coast guard and navy divers, as well as private divers,FULL STORY

MOTC plans to reconsider Railway Act

By Shelley Shan and Loa Iok-sin

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) yesterday said that it would consider revising a proposed amendment to the Railway Act (鐵路法) after lawmakers said the amendment seems designed to punish foreign workers who use train stations as meeting points. The amendment, which was submitted toFULL STORY

Putin opens Ukraine meeting with hint of possible invasion

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday left the door open to intervening in Ukraine in a thinly veiled threat that coincided with the opening of crunch Geneva talks on the escalating crisis. Warning that the former Soviet republic was plunging into the “abyss,” Putin said he hopedFULL STORY

Protesters rally over leopard cat habitat2014-04-17

By Lee I-chia

The environmental impact assessment (EIA) general assembly concluded that a road construction plan, which has sparked protests over a perceived threat to endangered leopard cats in Miaoli County, should be returned to an EIA specialists’ meeting for further review. About 400 people gathered outside the EnvironmentalFULL STORY

TAO rejects renegotiating pact2014-04-17

By Peng Hsien-chun, Chris Wang and Stacy Hsu

Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesperson Fan Liqing (范麗青) yesterday said that there is no precedent for reopening negotiations on signed agreements between countries and that the “authority” of treaties inked by authorized representatives from both sides of the Taiwan Strait must be defended. Fan made theFULL STORY

Lawmaker slams posting given to Kuo as ‘patronage’2014-04-17

By Wang Wen-hsuan and Jason Pan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Taiwan Provincial Government have been accused of patronage appointments after rehiring controversial former civil servant Kuo Kuan-ying (郭冠英), who has outraged many with remarks that critics said amounted to Kuo inciting racial hatred among “Mainlander” Chinese againstFULL STORY

Large death toll feared from South Korean ferry disaster2014-04-17

South Korean rescuers, including elite navy SEAL divers, worked frantically under floodlights yesterday in an attempt to find nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank with 459 on board, mostly high-school students bound for a holiday island. South Korean Vice Minister of Security and PublicFULL STORY

Ukraine and Russia flex muscles ahead of scheduled talks2014-04-17

Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces flexed their military muscles in the restive east of the country yesterday, a day ahead of high-level diplomatic talks on the escalating crisis. Armored vehicles from the rival sides appeared on the streets of two neighboring towns after Russian President VladimirFULL STORY

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