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NTU president-elect gives ultimatum

By Wu Po-hsuan and Sherry Hsiao

National Taiwan University (NTU) president-elect Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) yesterday said the Ministry of Education must make a decision on his appointment by the end of the month. Kuan, who was originally scheduled to take office on Feb. 1, has been embroiled in several scandals since wordFULL STORY

US poised to sue Beijing at WTO

The US was yesterday expected to sue China at the WTO over alleged trade law breaches as part of its planned trade announcement, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person with knowledge of the plans. Planned US tariffs on China could also hit US$50 billionFULL STORY

Corporal punishment to be banned in kindergartens

By Chen Wei-han

The Executive Yuan yesterday approved a ban on corporal punishment in kindergartens to curb child abuse, with those found guilty of such offenses facing a maximum fine of NT$300,000. A set of draft amendments to the Early Childhood Education and Care Act (幼兒教育及照顧法) have beenFULL STORY

CAA asks China Airlines to clarify internship program

By Shelley Shan

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) yesterday said it would ask China Airlines (中華航空) to provide details of its flight attendant internship program following criticism from lawmakers and cabin crew. The nation’s largest airline on Wednesday announced that it would recruit 24 flight attendant interns throughFULL STORY

Cambodia urged to hold free vote

Forty-five countries on Wednesday called on Cambodia to reinstate the main opposition party, release its jailed leader and ensure a July general election is free and fair. A statement on the human rights situation in Cambodia read by New Zealand on behalf of a group ofFULL STORY

‘Liaoning’ and fleet pass through Strait2018-03-22

By Sean Lin

The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and its escort warships on Tuesday night again passed through the Taiwan Strait, Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa (嚴德發) said. Yen confirmed the reports during a question-and-answer session at a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Foreign and National Defense CommitteeFULL STORY

Google to invest in Taiwan’s AI talent evolution2018-03-22

By Lauly Li

Alphabet Inc’s Google yesterday announced a large investment in Taiwan’s artificial intelligence (AI) development, saying it would hire at least 300 AI engineers, cultivate 5,000 talents and train more than 50,000 digital marketing personnel this year. The company’s AI investment in Taiwan is by farFULL STORY

Taiwan an example for region: US official2018-03-22

By Stacy Hsu

The nation’s democracy and resulting development are an example for the Indo-Pacific region, a visiting US Department of State official said yesterday as he reiterated Washington’s commitment to supporting Taiwan’s international participation and helping it defend its democracy. Alex Wong (黃之瀚), deputy assistant secretary at theFULL STORY

Burmese president Htin Kyaw resigns to ‘rest’ from duties2018-03-22

Burmese President Htin Kyaw yesterday suddenly resigned, leaving Burmese State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi without a close confidant and political ally as she faces rising international opprobrium over the Rakhine crisis. The president is an old school friend of Aung San Suu Kyi, serving asFULL STORY

Arrest warrant issued over suspected K-pop scam2018-03-22

By Jason Pan

Authorities have summoned nine people for questioning over their suspected affiliation with a Taipei entertainment promotion agency that is being investigated over a suspected investment scam, in which investors lost about NT$130 million (US$4.45 million) after investing in South Korean pop music (K-pop) and televisionFULL STORY

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