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Taiwan grateful to US for defense act

By Lu Yi-hsuan and Jake Chung

Taiwan yesterday thanked the US for its continual support after US President Donald Trump on Monday signed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019, which includes two provisions pertaining to Taiwan. Taiwan would “continue to act in conjunction with the US government to stabilizeFULL STORY

Tsai lauds Reagan for democratic values

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Monday praised former US president Ronald Reagan for safeguarding the values of democracy and freedom, and voiced her appreciation for his support of Taiwan during a visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. In her first public address in the USFULL STORY

Cars plunge as bridge collapses in Italy; 22 dead

A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed yesterday in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 45m into a heap of rubble below. A transport official said at least 22 people were killed and eightFULL STORY

South Korea marks first ‘comfort women’ day, unveils statues

People in South Korea yesterday unveiled monuments and staged protests to mark Japan’s wartime use of “comfort women,” a euphemism for girls and women forced to work in Japan’s wartime brothels. In South Korea, a new monument was unveiled as part of its first Memorial DayFULL STORY

Taipei ranked world’s 58th-most livable city, index shows

Taipei has been ranked as the world’s 58th-most livable city, moving up two places in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index. Taipei edged past the South Korean capital, Seoul, which dropped one spot to 59th from last year, the report released yesterday said. For the firstFULL STORY

Nine dead after pre-dawn hospital fire2018-08-14

By Lee I-chia

Nine people were killed and 30 injured in an early-morning fire yesterday at the Taipei Hospital in New Taipei City’s Sinjhuang District (新莊). New Taipei City Fire Department Director Huang Te-ching (黃德清) said he received a report of a fire at 4:36am, from room number 7A23FULL STORY

Tsai visits TECO Cultural Center2018-08-14

By Su Yung-yao and Jonathan Chin

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) arrived in Los Angeles shortly after noon on Sunday for a stopover en route to Paraguay, where she was greeted at the airport by American Institute in Taiwan Chairman James Moriarty and a large crowd of Taiwanese expatriates. Arriving at her hotel,FULL STORY

Man killed by Kenyan hippo identified as Taiwanese2018-08-14

By Shelley Shan

A tourist who died after being bitten by a hippopotamus in Kenya and was initially identified as Chinese, was a 66-year-old Taiwanese man, the Tourism Bureau said yesterday. Chang Ming-chuan (張明川) and Wu Peng-te (吳鵬德), 62, were part of a tour group on a 11-dayFULL STORY

Turkey efforts to contain currency crisis failing2018-08-14

Turkey’s central bank yesterday took action to free up cash for banks as the country grapples with a currency crisis sparked by concerns over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and a trade and diplomatic dispute with the US. The Turkish lira has nosedived overFULL STORY

Google is tracking your movements, even if you say no2018-08-14

Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you have used privacyFULL STORY

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