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Chang says Ma has been ‘hijacked’

By Alison Hsiao

Former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) yesterday called on President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to “take care of himself” because Ma has been “hijacked” by a handful of people and deceived into believing allegations against him fabricated by those people. ChangFULL STORY

High Prosecutors’ Office refuses case

By Chang Wen-chuan and Jake Chung

The Taiwan High Prosecutors’ Office yesterday turned down a request to get involved in the investigation into former Mainland Affairs Council deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) on allegations of treason. The director of the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau, Chen Rong-fu (陳榮富), and three otherFULL STORY

Links between HK, Taiwanese activists bother Beijing

By William Lowther

Closer cooperation between anti-China activists in Hong Kong and Taiwan is causing “irritation, suspicion and perhaps a bit of paranoia” in Beijing, an article in Foreign Policy magazine’s online edition says. Pro-democracy activists in both places have concluded only recently that they are facing similarFULL STORY

Indonesia’s president condemns Foley killing

The president of the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, yesterday called the actions of Islamic State (IS) militants “embarrassing” to the religion and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the scale of the slaughter wrought by theFULL STORY

Japan considering building its own jet fighters: report

Japan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a US construction partnership, a report said yesterday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbors. Japan’s attempt in the 1980s to build its firstFULL STORY

Chang probed over classified info leaks2014-08-21

By Alison Hsiao and Lin Ching-chuan

The Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau yesterday said allegations brought by the Mainland Affairs Council against former deputy council minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) involved leaks of classified information to China, as other sources said that Chang could face trial for treason. Sources said that Chang mightFULL STORY

Keelung officials, councilors quizzed about bribes2014-08-21

By Lu Hsien-hsiu and Jason Pan

Eighteen Keelung city councilors, along with city officials, were caught up in a judicial probe yesterday for allegedly receiving bribes from a property developer to gain approval for a real-estate construction project. As of yesterday evening, the Keelung District Prosecutors’ Office had detained four city officialsFULL STORY

Lee cleared of embezzlement, again2014-08-21

By Yang Kuo Wen, Chen Hui-ping and Jason Pan

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) was cleared of embezzlement charges yesterday, as the Taiwan High Court upheld a not-guilty verdict handed down by a lower court. The Taiwan High Court said it found no evidence that Lee embezzled US$7.79 million in state funds used to conductFULL STORY

Hamas rocket barrages, Israeli air strikes resume2014-08-21

An Israeli air strike in Gaza yesterday killed the wife and infant son of Hamas’ military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed. Palestinians launched more than 100 rockets, mainly at southern Israel, with some interceptedFULL STORY

Video purports to show beheading of US journalist2014-08-21

Islamic State militants posted a video on Tuesday that purported to show the beheading of US journalist James Foley in revenge for US air strikes against the insurgents in Iraq. The video, titled A Message To America, also showed images of another US journalist, Steven Sotloff,FULL STORY

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