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Hung respects ‘freedom’ of challenger

By Chen Yu-hsuan

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday said that she respects a person’s “freedom of expression” when asked to comment on KMT Central Standing Committee member Chiang Shuo-ping’s (江碩平) announcement that he intends to seek a provisional party congress to assess whetherFULL STORY

SPIL boss spends NT$1bn in attempt to thwart ASE

Siliconware Precision Industries Co (SPIL, 矽品精密) chairman Bough Lin (林文伯) yesterday said he spent NT$1 billion (US$30.2 million) to increase its holding of SPIL in the escalating battle over control with SPIL’s new major shareholder, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (ASE, 日月光半導體). The share purchase has boostedFULL STORY

Sixteen dead as heavy flooding hits French Riviera

At least 16 people were killed in violent storms and flooding that struck the French Riviera overnight, with three people still missing, French President Francois Hollande said yesterday. The president visited the site of the disaster, which occurred when the Cote d’Azur was lashed byFULL STORY

Typhoon Mujigae makes landfall on China’s south coast

A typhoon with winds up to 180kph lashed China’s south coast yesterday, leaving a trail of destruction and flooding, and prompting authorities to issue their highest “red alert” emergency response. Typhoon Mujigae made landfall near Zhanjiang in Guangdong Province at about 2:10pm, the China Meteorological AdministrationFULL STORY

Obama pledges inquiry into MSF hospital strike

US President Barack Obama has promised a full investigation into an apparent US airstrike on an Afghan hospital that killed 19 people, a bombing that the UN said could amount to a war crime. Medecin Sans Frontiere (MSF) said patients burned to death in their bedsFULL STORY

KMT politician demands review of Hung’s selection2015-10-04

By Peng Hsien-chun and Jonathan Chin

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Central Standing Committee member Chiang Shuo-ping (江碩平) yesterday demanded a provisional party congress be held to review whether the party’s presidential candidate, Hung Shiu-chu (洪秀柱), should be replaced, dealing a severe blow to Hung’s campaign and further fueling rumors of divisionFULL STORY

Nine MSF staff killed by airstrike on Afghan hospital2015-10-04

A suspected US airstrike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz yesterday left nine Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) staff dead, in a bombardment the charity said continued for more than 30 minutes after Washington was informed. Dozens more were seriously wounded at the facility,FULL STORY

Obama condemns Russian military action in Syria2015-10-04

US President Barack Obama has vehemently rejected Russia’s military actions in Syria as self-defeating and dismissed the idea that Moscow was strengthening its hand in the region. He vowed not to let the conflict become a US-Russia “proxy war.” At a White House news conference on Friday,FULL STORY

Hillside collapse in Guatemala kills at least 26 people2015-10-04

A rain-sodden hillside about 100m high collapsed onto a neighborhood on the outskirts of Guatemala’s capital with a roar and wave of sudden darkness, killing at least 26 people and sending 36 to hospitals. Family members have reported 100 people missing, but the number could beFULL STORY

Taiwan has world’s 13th strongest military: report2015-10-04

Taiwan has the 13th most powerful military in the world, according to a report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute. The US topped the global ranking with an overall score of 0.94, according to the report on the trend of globalization. It was followed by RussiaFULL STORY

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