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Thousands march demanding clean air

By Lin Chia-nan

Thousands of people yesterday marched in Taichung and Kaohsiung, calling on the government to stop using coal in power generation and end the phenomenon of “one sky, two Taiwans” caused by air pollution predominantly affecting the nation’s southern regions. The demonstration in Taichung saw most participantsFULL STORY

China upping surveillance cover

By Chung Li-hua and Sherry Hsiao

China is incorporating facial recognition and other personal data in its surveillance technology, according to academics and reports. London-based IHS Markit has estimated that China has installed 170 million surveillance cameras and plans to install another 450 million by 2020. Earlier this month, BBC reporter JohnFULL STORY

Taiwan marks International Migrants Day

Staff Writer, with CNA

The nation yesterday celebrated International Migrants Day, which is today, with a parade in Taipei featuring new immigrants and their children dressed in the traditional attire of their home nations. Joined by 12 groups of new immigrant families, migrant workers and migrant support groups from Thailand,FULL STORY

Australia arrests N Korean ‘agent’ selling missile parts

Australian police yesterday said they had arrested a man accused of working on the black market to sell missile components and coal on behalf of North Korea, the first charges ever brought in Australia over the sale of weapons of mass destruction. The man had beenFULL STORY

UN Security Council weighs measure to overturn US’ Jerusalem decision

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution affirming that any change to the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be reversed, in response to the US decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital. Egypt circulated the draft text on SaturdayFULL STORY

Vote to recall NPP chairman fails2017-12-17

By Sean Lin

A recall vote against New Power Party (NPP) Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) was defeated yesterday after the number of ballots cast by Huang’s detractors in New Taipei City’s 12th electoral district failed to pass the threshold for removing him as lawmaker. Statistics released by theFULL STORY

More victims of 228 discovered2017-12-17

By Jake Chung

Declassified materials from the former Secrecy Bureau (保密局) have revealed the names of another 931 228 Incident victims, 228 Memorial Foundation chairman Hsueh Hua-yuan (薛化元) said yesterday. The 228 Incident refers to the nationwide anti-government uprisings that began on Feb. 27, 1947, and a series ofFULL STORY

Taiwanese academics denied entry visas to Hong Kong2017-12-17

By Peng Wan-hsin and Sherry Hsiao

Two Taiwanese academics who planned to attend an academic conference in Hong Kong on Wednesday have been denied visas to the territory. Wu Jui-jen (吳叡人) and Wu Chieh-min (吳介民) are associate research fellows at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History and Institute of Sociology respectively, andFULL STORY

Israeli soldiers kill four Palestinians in protests2017-12-17

Israeli troops on Friday shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 with live fire, medical officials said, as protests over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital entered a second week. Most of the casualties were on the Gaza Strip border, where thousandsFULL STORY

China, UK vow to bolster economic, trade cooperation2017-12-17

China and Britain have vowed to continue and strengthen cooperation on a wide range of economic, financial and trade issues, including speeding up the introduction of a London-Shanghai stock connect program. In a joint statement yesterday, which coincided with an official visit to China by BritishFULL STORY

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