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Wu vows to reform, moderate policy

By Chen Wei-han

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) was inaugurated yesterday during the party’s 20th National Congress in Taichung, and the party’s platform was amended to rescind a proposal to seek a peace treaty with China. In his inaugural address, the former vice president stressed theFULL STORY

Taipei Universiade: Ko slams those who blocked the start of ceremony

By Lee I-chia

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday strongly condemned pension reform protesters who blocked athletes from entering the Taipei Municipal Stadium on Saturday evening at the beginning of the Universiade opening ceremony. “The city government expresses the strongest condemnations to the protesting groups,” Ko said as heFULL STORY

Spanish police hunting van driver

Spanish police yesterday said that the Moroccan man suspected of driving the van used in one of the devastating twin attacks that claimed 14 lives on Thursday could be at large outside Spain, as grief-stricken Barcelona mourned victims of the vehicle rampage. “We don’t knowFULL STORY

Tropical Storm Hato takes shape, warnings expected

By Shelley Shan

Tropical Storm Hato formed yesterday afternoon in the waters to the east of the Philippines, the Central Weather Bureau said, adding it might issue a sea and land alert for the storm within 24 hours. Hato evolved from a tropical depression system. Its name was givenFULL STORY

Church bells to ring in Philippines to protest drug killings

A Philippine Catholic leader yesterday said that church bells would be rung every night for three months across his northern district to raise alarm over a sharp spike in police killings of drug suspects, adding to a growing outcry over Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloodyFULL STORY

Taipei Universiade: Universiade starts with local color2017-08-20

By Lee I-chia

The Summer Universiade last night opened with a ceremony at the Taipei Municipal Stadium that featured an array of performances focused on Taiwanese culture. The Summer Universiade, also known as the World University Games is the biggest sports event ever hosted by Taiwan. More than 7,700FULL STORY

Taipei Universiade: Protests dominate first day of Games2017-08-20

By Abraham Gerber

Several groups, including opponents of pension reform, yesterday staged protests outside the Taipei Municipal Stadium during the Summer Universiade opening ceremony. Hundreds of pensioners rallied at Meiren Park before setting out on a march around the barricaded stadium, during which they shouted slogans demanding that PresidentFULL STORY

Taipei Universiade: Taiwan must conform to IOC rules, FISU says2017-08-20

By Lee I-chia

International University Sports Federation (FISU) president Oleg Matytsin yesterday said the term “Chinese Taipei” has been used for Taiwan’s Taipei Summer Universiade teams because the federation must conform to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Movement rules. Matytsin made the remark at a news conferenceFULL STORY

Trump fires White House strategist Steve Bannon2017-08-20

Steve Bannon, the divisive strategist who rose from US President Donald Trump’s conservative campaign to a top White House post, was on Friday pushed out by the US president, capping a turbulent seven months marked by the departure of much of Trump’s original senior staff. AFULL STORY

Assailants planned bigger attack: Spain2017-08-20

Suspects in Spain’s twin terror attacks had been planning an even bigger assault than the deadly car rampages they carried out, police said. Police said they shot dead five “suspected terrorists” who had knocked pedestrians down in the Catalan seaside resort of Cambrils in a secondFULL STORY

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