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NDC outlines proposal for equity fund

By Crystal Hsu

The National Development Council (NDC) yesterday unveiled several short-term measures aimed at stimulating the economy through private investment by establishing an equity fund and a trading company to help firms expand, innovate and upgrade. “Unlike past practices, the council and other government agencies will take theFULL STORY

Lin gives address to WHA

By Lee I-chia

Minister of Health and Welfare Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延) yesterday gave a five-minute speech at the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, addressing Taiwan’s experiences in launching a national health insurance program, disease prevention and legislation for a better medical environment. However, he used “ChineseFULL STORY

Japan Coast Guard pulling back from Okinotori waters

The Japan Coast Guard has begun withdrawing its ships from what Tokyo claims as its 200 nautical mile (370.4km) exclusive economic zone near Okinotori atoll, Coast Guard Administration (CGA) Director-General Lee Chung-wei (李仲威) said yesterday. Lee made the announcement while answering questions from Democratic ProgressiveFULL STORY

EPA to end commercial development in nation’s parks

By Chen Wei-han

Mining and other commercial development projects are to be banned in national parks, and Asia Cement Corp (亞洲水泥) will have to end its operation in Taroko National Park next year, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) announced yesterday. In a news conference heldFULL STORY

Obama arrives in Japan for G7 meet

US President Barack Obama arrived in Japan yesterday evening for a G7 summit, kicking off a historic visit that will also take him to Hiroshima. Obama planned to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last night. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Abe wouldFULL STORY

Ministry drops bid to cancel holidays2016-05-25

By Huang Pang-ping and Jonathan Chin

The Ministry of Labor will not continue pursuing its proposal to cancel seven national holidays and will not contest the legislature’s decision to return proposed amendments to a bill by submitting revisions to the amendments, Minister of Labor Kuo Fan-yu (郭芳煜) said yesterday. The legislature lastFULL STORY

Negotiations end in decision to abolish Red Cross Act2016-05-25

By Lee Hsin-fang, Chiu Yen-ling and Jake Chung

The first policy negotiations between the Executive Yuan and the Legislative Yuan on Monday night resulted in a decision to abolish the Red Cross Society Act of the Republic of China (中華民國紅十字會法), the Executive Yuan said. The New Power Party (NPP) and the Democratic Progressive PartyFULL STORY

Handshake at WHA at Geneva2016-05-25

By Jake Chung

Minister of Health and Welfare Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延), head of the Taiwanese delegation at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, yesterday shook hands with his Chinese counterpart Li Bin (李斌) of China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission. The handshake reportedly took place outside theFULL STORY

Obama chides Hanoi over rights after critics blocked2016-05-25

US President Barack Obama yesterday chided Vietnam on political freedoms after critics of the communist-run government were prevented from meeting him in Hanoi, a discordant note on a trip otherwise steeped in words of amity between the former foes. Tens of thousands turned out to welcomeFULL STORY

Greece starts moving refugees camped at border to government-run facilities2016-05-25

Greek police yesterday started moving some of the 8,000 migrants and refugees stranded in a makeshift camp on the sealed northern border with Macedonia to state-run facilities further south. Several busloads of people, most of them families with children, left the sprawling expanse of tents atFULL STORY

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