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Ma calls for calm as IS ‘targets’ Taiwan

By Stacy Hsu and Alison Hsiao

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday urged the public to remain calm after Taiwan’s national flag appeared in a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State (IS) group on Tuesday. “I exchanged opinions with Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) in the morning and instructed the national securityFULL STORY

Wang lists assets, endures attacks

By Stacy Hsu and Alison Hsiao

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) yesterday continued to challenge the legitimacy of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice presidential candidate Jennifer Wang (王如玄) and her husband’s residence in a government dormitory, as the couple released a list of their assets in a bidFULL STORY

Former Chu deputy charged with corruption

By Jake Chung

The Taipei City District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday indicted former New Taipei City deputy mayor Hsu Chih-chien (許志堅) — once the right-hand man of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫) and a close associate of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) — as well asFULL STORY

Germany, US vow to stand by France

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama have both pledged to beef up their support for France in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. Speaking to lawmakers in Berlin yesterday, Merkel said that Germany is ready to strengthen its militaryFULL STORY

Turkey struggles to ease tensions after Russian jet downed

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday sought to play down tensions with Russia after Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane on the Syria border sparked fears among NATO allies of a wider conflict. Moscow said Russian and Syrian special forces had rescued one of the pilotsFULL STORY

KMT’s Jennifer Wang to reveal assets2015-11-25

By Stacy Hsu

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice presidential candidate Jennifer Wang (王如玄) yesterday said that she would make public a list of assets and properties owned by her and her husband today, in an apparent attempt to assuage controversy over military housing units. “All of the assetsFULL STORY

Turkey shoots down Russian fighter jet near Syrian border2015-11-25

Turkish fighter jets yesterday shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border after repeated warnings over airspace violations, but Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian airspace. It was the first time a NATO member’s armed forces have downed a RussianFULL STORY

Spy guilty verdict upheld2015-11-25

By Jason Pan

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a guilty verdict for former senior military intelligence officer Lo Chi-cheng (羅奇正), handing down an 18-year prison term on espionage charges for compromising national security and spying for China. Lo, then a senior member of the Ministry of National Defense’s MilitaryFULL STORY

Taiwanese beauty queen suspended for refusing to wear ‘Chinese Taipei’ sash2015-11-25

Taiwan’s representative to this year’s Miss Earth contest yesterday expressed gratitude to her fans after she was ejected from the pageant for refusing to wear a sash that read “Chinese Taipei” and instead wearing one marked “Taiwan ROC.” “I feel very appreciative to all the peopleFULL STORY

Suicide vest found in Paris may offer link to key suspect2015-11-25

A street cleaner in a Paris suburb on Monday found an explosive vest similar to those used in the Paris attacks near the place where a suspect’s mobile phone had been found, raising the possibility that he aborted his mission, either ditching a malfunctioning vestFULL STORY

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