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Curriculum talks with MOE break down

By Abraham Gerber

Talks between Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) and students over the curriculum controversy fell apart yesterday, with students storming out of a Ministry of Education (MOE)-sponsored forum in tears. “What in the world are these talks supposed to be?” Northern Taiwan Anti-Curriculum Changes Alliance convenerFULL STORY

Ma demands apology from Lee Teng-hui

In a rare rebuke of one of his predecessors, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday demanded an apology from former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) for claiming that the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) belong to Japan instead of the Republic of China (ROC). In a letter to Taiwan’s Chinese-languageFULL STORY

China’s island building faces scrutiny at ASEAN forum

Beijing faces pressure over its island building in the South China Sea during high-level Asian security meetings this week that are to include top US and Chinese diplomats. China is expanding tiny reefs into islands and topping some with military posts to reinforce its disputed claimsFULL STORY

Japan labels US spying allegations ‘deeply regrettable’

Tokyo yesterday described claims that Washington spied on Japanese politicians and major firms as “deeply regrettable,” in its first official response to revelations from whistleblower Web site WikiLeaks. “I will withhold comment, but if this is true, as an ally, it is deeply regrettable,” the government’sFULL STORY

Proposal to ban duty-free cigarette sales questioned

Government agencies yesterday expressed reservations about a proposal by experts that the government should eliminate sales of duty-free cigarettes at airports. Health Promotion Administration Director-General Chiou Shu-ti (邱淑媞) said that the administration respects the proposal, but that it would need further discussion among the relevantFULL STORY

Discussion under way for students, ministry to meet2015-08-03

By Rachel Lin and Jake Chung

A potential solution to the great divide between the Ministry of Education and the student protesters occupying the ministry to protest against controversial high-school curriculum guidelines might be in the making, as former National Taichung First Senior High School dean Tsai Ping-kun (蔡炳坤) attempted toFULL STORY

Chang wins Taiwanese showdown in Nanchang2015-08-03

By Dave Carroll

Chang Kai-chen (張凱貞) recovered from the disappointment of losing the singles final to come out on top in a Taiwanese showdown and claim the doubles title at the Jiangxi Women’s Tennis Open in Nanchang, China, yesterday. Chang and Zheng Saisai (鄭賽賽) of China defeated Chan Chin-weiFULL STORY

Dozens stage bra protest in HK over ‘breast assault’2015-08-03

Dozens of people including men wearing bras yesterday staged a protest in Hong Kong after a woman was sentenced to three-and-a-half months in prison for “assaulting” a police officer with her breast. About 100 people gathered for the lighthearted “breast walk” protest outside police headquarters inFULL STORY

US beat Taiwan 7-2 in World Cup final2015-08-03

Taiwan yesterday met reigning world champions the US in the WBSC Under-12 Baseball World Cup final in Tainan. Despite an early lead, a number of errors by the hosts and strong US batting helped them overtake Taiwan and hold their lead until the end. At theirFULL STORY

Emergency ‘hotline’ for South China Sea under consideration2015-08-03

ASEAN and China are discussing setting up a “hotline” in case of an emergency regarding the territorial dispute over the South China Sea, a Philippine official said yesterday. The proposed hotline was discussed during a meeting of senior diplomats from China and ASEAN in Tianjin, China,FULL STORY

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