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Siew to voice Taiwan’s interest in AIIB

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

Former vice president Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) yesterday said that he would express Taiwan’s interest in taking part in the emerging Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the China-led regional financial institution, when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) today, according to a report. Siew, headFULL STORY

NSB employing ‘hackers’ for new cybersecurity unit

By Jason Pan

A National Security Bureau (NSB) plan to establish a new department for cybersecurity in the coming months has received wide support among legislators, but some expressed concerns about security over recruiting “hackers” to work in government offices. Bureau Director-General Lee Shying-jow (李翔宙) confirmed during a legislativeFULL STORY

Legislative session adjourned after M503 ruckus

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

While the government has consented to China’s inauguration of a new commercial flight route near the middle of the Taiwan Strait starting tomorrow, opponents continued to rail against the plan yesterday, leading to the adjournment of a regular legislative session. Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) atFULL STORY

Prosecutors say Germanwings copilot hid illness

Germanwings copilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, German prosecutors said yesterday. The evidence came from the search of Lubitz’sFULL STORY

Abe to address joint session of US Congress in April

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the US Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so. Abe will spend eight days on a state visit expected to focus on joint responses to growingFULL STORY

Activists, police scuffle over M503 route2015-03-27

By Chiu Yen-ling, Tsao Po-yen and Jake Chung

About 40 members of the Restoration of Taiwan Social Justice group clashed with police yesterday after staging a surprise protest against a controversial Chinese flight route at the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) offices, calling on MAC Minister Andrew Hsia (夏立言) to step down. The M503 flightFULL STORY

Aboriginal officials pan Chinese worship plan2015-03-27

By Loa Iok-sin

A New Party plan to take a group of young Aborigines to an ancestral worship ceremony in China is “ridiculous,” Council of Indigenous Peoples Minister Mayaw Dongi said in Taipei yesterday, adding that Aborigines are not part of the Chinese ethnic group (Zhonghua minzu, 中華民族). “ItFULL STORY

FPG says collapse at Vietnamese steel complex kills 122015-03-27

Formosa Plastics Group (FPG, 台塑集團) yesterday confirmed that at least 12 people died after a scaffolding collapsed at a steel mill that the conglomerate is building in central Vietnam. Based on information it obtained in the immediate aftermath of the collapse, 39 people were rushed toFULL STORY

Copilot might have deliberately crashed plane: prosecutor2015-03-27

The copilot of the Germanwings airplane that crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people aboard appears to have brought the A320 Airbus down deliberately, a Marseille prosecutor said yesterday. German Andreas Lubitz, 28, left in sole control of the Airbus A320 after the captainFULL STORY

Saudi launches strikes on Yemen rebels2015-03-27

Saudi warplanes yesterday bombed Huthi rebels in Yemen, launching an Arab military intervention in support of its embattled president that regional rival Iran warned was a “dangerous” move. The rebels and their allies within the armed forces had been closing in on main southern city Aden,FULL STORY

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