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HK protesters demand chief steps down

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong yesterday, some of them jeering China’s National Day celebrations, while students threatened to ramp up demonstrations if the territory’s pro-Beijing leader did not step down. There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth dayFULL STORY

PLA not involved in Hong Kong: ministry

China has not carried out a mass deployment of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops in Guangdong Province or in Hong Kong amid the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, Minister of National Defense Yen Ming (嚴明) said yesterday. “Neither in Guangzhou nor in Hong Kong areFULL STORY

Police’s gas pistols are all sealed, unused: NPA head

By Alison Hsiao

National Police Agency (NPA) Director-General Wang Cho-chiun (王卓鈞) said yesterday that the nation’s police units are equipped with gas pistols, but have never considered using them. As for a proposal to give the police access to pepper spray, Wang said he would refer the ideaFULL STORY

Xiaomi phones a security risk: NCC

By Shelley Shan

National Communications Commission (NCC) Chairman Howard Shyr (石世豪) yesterday confirmed that two of Xiaomi Corp’s (小米) smartphone models continue to pose information security risks even after the China-based company had upgraded its operating system. Shyr made the statement at a meeting of the legislature’s Transportation Committee,FULL STORY

Man from Liberia first Ebola patient diagnosed in US

The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the US has been confirmed in a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas, sending chills through the area’s West African community, whose leaders urged caution to prevent spreading the virus. The unidentified man was critically ill andFULL STORY

Hong Kong protesters stockpile supplies2014-10-01

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets yesterday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before China’s National Day. Riot police shot pepper spray and tear gas atFULL STORY

DPP calls for official statement on Hong Kong2014-10-01

By Alison Hsiao

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus yesterday tabled an extemporaneous motion on the legislative floor calling on the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government to issue a formal announcement supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, as many other countries have already done. The motion called on the governmentFULL STORY

Huang claims gold in taekwondo2014-10-01

Taiwan’s Huang Yun-wen (黃韻文) defeated Yoon Jeong-yeon of South Korea in the women’s 53kg division to win an Asian Games gold medal in taekwondo yesterday, while Taiwanese No. 1 Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳) had to settle for silver in the men’s singles tennis and Sun Huei-ningFULL STORY

China aims to be capable of attack by 2020: report2014-10-01

By Chou Ssu-yu

China considers “separatist forces” in Taiwan an impediment to the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and has cited it as a pretext to build up its military strength, with the goal of being capable of launching a large-scale attack against the nation by 2020, accordingFULL STORY

Wildlife numbers halved over past 40 years: survey2014-10-01

Wildlife numbers have plunged by more than half in just 40 years as Earth’s human population has nearly doubled, a survey of more than 3,000 vertebrate species revealed yesterday. From 1970 to 2010, there was a 39 percent drop in numbers across a representative sample ofFULL STORY

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