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NHI to include Chinese students: DPP

By Stacy Hsu

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday instructed the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus to draw up an amendment to the National Health Insurance Act (全民健康保險法) that would extend National Health Insurance (NHI) coverage to Chinese students, but ordered a halt to the provision of government-subsidized premiumsFULL STORY

Hung Hsiu-chu’s donation aimed at inspiring flood

By Stacy Hsu

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday paid a “special party fee” of NT$200,000 (US$6,313) amid the party’s paycheck conundrum, in an effort to encourage other KMT members to follow suit and help assuage the party’s financial difficulties. Accompanied by a number of top-rankingFULL STORY

Industrial output grows for second consecutive month

By Lauly Li

The nation’s industrial production posted annual growth of 5.02 percent last month, marking its second consecutive month of expansion, boosted by demand for Apple Inc’s iPhone 7 series, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said yesterday. The recovery might help industrial output swing back into positiveFULL STORY

Taiwan, HK separatists in collusion, China says

China yesterday said that “diehard” independence supporters in Taiwan and Hong Kong are seeking to link up to hatch separatist plots, but that they would never succeed. Dozens of pro-Beijing lawmakers walked out of Hong Kong’s legislature on Wednesday last week to prevent the swearing-in ofFULL STORY

France evacuating Calais ‘Jungle’

Lines of refugees and migrants with their lives in small bags waited calmly to get on buses in the French port city of Calais yesterday, the first day of the mass evacuation and destruction of the squalid camp they called home. French authorities were beginning aFULL STORY

Taiwanese, 25 others set free by Somalian pirates2016-10-24

Somalian pirates have freed a Taiwanese and 25 other Asian hostages held for more than four-and-a-half years after the hijacking of their fishing vessel, the last commercial ship seized at the height of the country’s piracy scourge, negotiators said on Saturday. The crew of the NahamFULL STORY

MOFA calls for swift return of hostage2016-10-24

By Stacy Hsu

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday said that Taipei’s representative office in South Africa has been instructed to secure the swift return of a Taiwanese sailor who has been released by Somalian pirates after being held captive for nearly five years along with 25FULL STORY

AT&T to acquire Time Warner in US$85.4bn deal2016-10-24

In the world of media, bigger remains better. So in the wake of Comcast’s US$30 billion takeover of NBCUniversal and Verizon Communications’ serial acquisitions of the Huffington Post and Yahoo, AT&T has bought one of the remaining crown jewels of the entertainment industry. The telecom giant onFULL STORY

NCC to follow US ruling on purchase2016-10-24

By Shelley Shan

AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner reflects a need to access visual content anywhere in the post-voice communication service era, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday, adding that the commission would monitor the US Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ruling on the case and use itFULL STORY

One killed, two injured in twin blasts at Japanese park, fire department says2016-10-24


One person was killed and at least two injured by near-simultaneous twin blasts in a Japanese park yesterday, the local fire department said. The explosions occurred at a park in the city of Utsunomiya, about 100km north of Tokyo, shortly after 11:30am, a fire department spokesmanFULL STORY

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