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Cabinet passes labor act amendments

By Loa Iok-sin

The Cabinet yesterday passed amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) proposed by the Ministry of Labor, which would introduce “one fixed day off and one flexible rest day” — or yili yixiu (一例一休) — as two weekly days off to guarantee the realization ofFULL STORY

Vietnam blames Formosa mill for fish kill

Vietnam yesterday said a US$10.6 billion steel plant run by a unit of Formosa Plastics Corp (FPC, 台塑) caused an until-now mysterious environmental crisis by releasing toxic wastewater into the sea. Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp (台塑河靜鋼鐵興業), which has built a new plant set to becomeFULL STORY

Pilot error caused TransAsia crash in Taipei: report

Pilot error is to blame for TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 crashing into the Keelung River in Taipei last year, according to the Aviation Safety Council’s (ASC) final report released yesterday. Investigators said a series of mistakes that were made due to ineffective communication between the twoFULL STORY

Central bank cuts its policy rates on back of growth concerns

By Crystal Hsu

The central bank yesterday cut its policy rates by 12.5 basis points for the fourth time in three quarters on concerns that growing uncertainty over the global economy might weigh on economic growth. The latest rate cut came one week after the UK voted to leaveFULL STORY

Turkish authorities detain 13 people over airport attack

Authorities in Turkey yesterday detained 13 suspected militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) group over the deadly Istanbul Ataturk Airport attack. The death toll from Tuesday’s gun and suicide bomb spree at Ataturk airport has risen to 43, Turkish Minister of the Interior Efkan AlaFULL STORY

Tsai looking for dialogue with China2016-06-30

The government will continue to look for ways to maintain dialogue with China, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said during her state visit to Paraguay on Tuesday, several days after Beijing said that it had halted a regular communication mechanism with Taipei. “No matter what party isFULL STORY

Istanbul airport carnage kills 41; Turkey blames IS2016-06-30

Turkey pointed the finger of blame at Islamic State (IS) militants yesterday after suicide bombers armed with automatic rifles attacked Istanbul’s main international airport, killing 41 people, including foreigners. Witnesses described scenes of terror and panic on Tuesday evening as the attackers began shooting indiscriminately andFULL STORY

Economics minister tries to avert Taipower strike2016-06-30

By Lauly Li

Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (李世光) yesterday said he would negotiate with Taipower Labor Union representatives today regarding the government’s plan to privatize the nation’s electricity supply industry. “We will continue to communicate with the labor union... If the union goes on strike, the effectFULL STORY

Foreign spouse citizenship amendment passes review2016-06-30

By Sean Lin

An amendment to the Nationality Act (國籍法) aimed at reducing the inequality in provisions for Chinese and other foreign spouses applying to become naturalized citizens yesterday passed a legislative committee review. Committee members agreed to move toward removing the financial threshold that non-Chinese foreign spouses mustFULL STORY

Division, confusion as EU rethinks its future without UK2016-06-30

EU leaders were meeting yesterday without Britain for the first time to rethink their union and keep it from disintegrating after Britain’s unprecedented vote to leave — but conflicting visions of Europe’s future are complicating the high-stakes summit. British Prime Minister David Cameron left Brussels onFULL STORY

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