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Tourism, DGH bosses offer to resign

By Shelley Shan

The heads of the Tourism Bureau and the Directorate-General of Highways (DGH) have offered their verbal resignations to take responsibility for a deadly tour bus accident that occurred one week ago today, but Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) has not accepted theFULL STORY

Kaohsiung and Taichung rallies call for clean air

By Su Meng-chuan and William Hetherington

Thousands of protesters yesterday rallied in Taichung and Kaohsiung to protest against air pollution and climate change, joined by ruling party and opposition lawmakers, local politicians and former Academia Sinica president Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲). The marches were organized by the Taiwan Healthy Air Action Alliance toFULL STORY

US carrier strike group patrolling S China Sea

A US aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid concerns the disputed waterway could become a flashpoint under the new US administration. The US Navy said the force, including the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, began routine operations inFULL STORY

Trump back to governing after rally

One day after delighting in a massive campaign-style rally, US President Donald Trump was turning back to the business of governing. Trump, who spent the weekend at his private club in Florida, planned to spend yesterday interviewing at least four candidates to be his new nationalFULL STORY

Southern California rain eases, north faces more storms

A huge Pacific storm that lingered over southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least three people, eased off on Saturday, but was only a temporary reprieve as new storms took aim farther north. The US National WeatherFULL STORY

Judicial Yuan proposes legal reforms2017-02-19

By Chien Li-chung and Jake Chung

The Judicial Yuan yesterday proposed several measures aimed at reforming the justice system. Among them were proposals to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法) to prevent defendants from fleeing the country before being sentenced and other changes that would facilitate court proceedings, Judicial Yuan Secretary-GeneralFULL STORY

‘Walk for Life’ protesters march in Philippines2017-02-19

Thousands of people yesterday joined a march with Catholic Church leaders in Manila in one of the largest shows of opposition against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on illegal drugs and attempts to reinstate capital punishment. Police estimated that at least 10,000 people joined the “WalkFULL STORY

National Women’s League told to account for spending2017-02-19

By Abraham Gerber

The National Women’s League still needs to provide an account of how it used proceeds from a “military benefits tax,” the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday. “It needs to produce an account of how the military benefits tax proceeds were used, along with declaring anyFULL STORY

Foreign minister says China ready to work with US2017-02-19

Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (王毅) told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Beijing was ready to work with the administration of US President Donald Trump, a Chinese account of their meeting in Bonn, Germany, said. Wang and Tillerson met on Friday atFULL STORY

Malaysia and North Korea lock horns over killing of Kim2017-02-19

A dispute over custody of a slain North Korean’s body yesterday pushed two governments further apart as they tried to navigate the aftermath of what appeared to be the assassination of an outcast member of North Korea’s ruling elite. Kim Jong-nam, who was 45 or 46FULL STORY

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