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Ma willing to testify in donations case

By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Chien Li-chung

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will testify before court if he is summoned for questioning over allegations that he received illicit political donations, Presidential Office spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) said yesterday. Ma has repeatedly denied the allegations and said he is confident of withstanding even theFULL STORY

Spying suspects released on bail

By Jason Pan

The two retired Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB) officers suspected of selling classified information to Chinese intelligence agents were released yesterday after being granted bail by the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office. Major Wang Tsung-wu (王宗武) was released on bail of NT$500,000 and colonel Lin Han (林翰) wasFULL STORY

US envoy to Seoul knifed by attacker

US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a breakfast forum in Seoul yesterday to discuss Korean reunification. Lippert, 42, was bleeding from deep wounds to hisFULL STORY

Supreme Court still waiting to hear from KMT about Wang Jin-pyng case

By Jake Chung

New Taipei City Mayor and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) must take up the party’s legal actions against Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), the Supreme Court said yesterday — even though both Chu and the party have said they do not planFULL STORY

China sets growth target of about 7% for this year

China yesterday announced an economic growth target for this year of about 7 percent and said it would boost government spending, signaling that the lowest rate of expansion for a quarter of a century is the “new normal” for the world’s No. 2 economy. Speaking atFULL STORY

KMT puts pay raises at top of agenda2015-03-05

By Alison Hsiao

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday said it will work in this legislative plenary session toward amending four labor-related laws to secure better salaries and bonuses for workers. As GDP growth is expected to reach 3.78 percent this year, alongside an increase of NT$140 billionFULL STORY

Two retired MIB officers arrested as alleged spies2015-03-05

By Jason Pan

Two retired Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB) officers were charged last night with violating the National Intelligence Services Act (國家情報工作法), after they were detained and questioned on suspicion of selling classified material to the Chinese, including lists of Taiwanese undercover agents and their activities in China. InvestigatorsFULL STORY

China to boost defense spending by 10 percent this year2015-03-05

China’s official military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said yesterday, amid unease among Beijing’s neighbors about its growing might and territorial ambitions. The increase to about US$145 billion in spending would mark the fifth year in aFULL STORY

Police say Ko death threat suspect is octogenarian2015-03-05

By Chen Wei-han

An 81-year-old man was detained on Tuesday for allegedly leaving a death threat against Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) at Taipei City Hall last month, Taipei police said yesterday. The suspect, a New Taipei City resident surnamed Huang (黃), said he had never meant toFULL STORY

China plays down concerns over new ‘anti-terror law’2015-03-05

China played down US concerns that proposed “anti-terror legislation” would give the Chinese government sweeping power to police electronic communications and marginalize foreign companies fighting for a share of China’s US$465 billion technology market, saying yesterday that the law is purely designed to address domesticFULL STORY

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