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MND explains cause of missile incident

By Chen Wei-han

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday released the results of its investigation into an accidental missile launch last month, saying a series of missteps and procedural violations caused the mishap. A Hsiung Feng III supersonic anti-ship missile was accidentally launched from a Kaohsiung-based Chinchiang-classFULL STORY

President’s ‘honeymoon’ nearing end: foundation

By Stacy Hsu

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) “honeymoon” period is ending, the Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation said yesterday, citing its latest poll, which found a drop of nearly 20 percentage points in Tsai’s approval rating since her inauguration on May 20. The telephone-based survey showed that 52.3 percent ofFULL STORY

Prosecutors question former minister of finance, Mega Bank’s ex-chairman

By Ted Chen

An investigation into Mega International Commercial Bank’s (兆豐銀行) contravention of money laundering regulations escalated yesterday, as prosecutors and regulators grilled a former minister of finance and the bank’s former chairman. Prosecutors questioned former minister of finance Chang Sheng-ford (張盛和) as part of the probe intoFULL STORY

Bomber kills at least 60 at Yemen recruitment center

A militant yesterday rammed his explosives-laden car into an army recruitment center in Aden, killing 60 people in the deadliest extremist attack to hit the city in more than a year. Yemen’s army, supported by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition, is training young recruits to join itsFULL STORY

Singapore deploys teams amid dozens of Zika infections

Singapore yesterday sent teams armed with protective suits, fogging machines and insecticide to wage war on mosquitoes after the discovery of dozens of Zika infections sparked alarm in the city-state. Inspectors from the Singaporean National Environment Agency checking for mosquito breeding sites visited homes in theFULL STORY

Researchers harness power of the sea2016-08-29

By Hung Ting-hung and Jake Chung

National Sun Yat-sen University professor Chen Yang-yi’s (陳陽益) dream of using the Kuroshio Current to generate electricity has been proved viable after seven years of testing, and Chen hopes that by 2020 the project would be able to produce 1 gigawatt (GW) of electricity perFULL STORY

Lawmaker apologizes for criticizing Hualien voters2016-08-29

By Chen Wei-han

Amid heated criticism, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) yesterday apologized for his remarks directed at Hualien City voters after the party lost a mayoral by-election on Saturday. “I can pretend to respect the election’s result, but I cannot pretend not to despiseFULL STORY

Government welcomes Vatican-China dialogue: official2016-08-29

By Stacy Hsu

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Wu Chih-chung (吳志中) yesterday said that Taiwan’s diplomatic ties with the Vatican are not a “zero-sum game,” welcoming dialogue between the Catholic city-state and China for the sake of promoting religious freedom. “Taipei and the Holy See are diplomatic allies connectedFULL STORY

Extremists free eight militants from Philippine jail2016-08-29

Muslim extremists supporting the Islamic State group freed eight fellow militants in a daring attack that also allowed 15 other inmates to escape from a provincial jail in the southern Philippines, police said yesterday. About 20 heavily armed fighters of the Maute militant group stormed theFULL STORY

Caracas imprisons opposition leader, expels Ecuadorans2016-08-29

Venezuela on Saturday sent an opposition leader who was under house arrest back to jail and expelled a delegation of Ecuadoran lawmakers, amid rising political tension over a campaign to recall Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Former San Cristobal mayor Daniel Ceballos was abruptly taken from hisFULL STORY

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