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Dome allowed to resume limited work

By Abraham Gerber

The Taipei City Government announced a partial resumption of work on the foundations of the Taipei Dome yesterday, following talks between city government officials and the architects. After a two-hour meeting, Taipei Department of Urban Development Commissioner Lin Jou-min (林洲民) said that a consensus had beenFULL STORY

Government trims GDP forecast to 3.28 percent

By Crystal Hsu

The government yesterday cut its growth forecast for this year to 3.28 percent from the 3.78 percent it projected in February, due to a weaker global economy, which does not bode well for exports. The Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said the downward revisionFULL STORY

Taiwan’s Lu, Chan and Chuang eyeing tennis titles

By Dave Carroll

Three Taiwanese are to feature in ATP Tour and WTA Tour finals today on an unprecedented day for the nation’s tennis players. On Thursday, Taiwanese No. 1 Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳) and Raven Klaasen of South Africa advanced to the men’s doubles final at the Geneva OpenFULL STORY

US warns it could test China over island claims

US surveillance aircraft and naval ships have yet to test China’s territorial claims around artificial islands built in the South China Sea, but the Pentagon on Thursday warned that could be “the next step.” Although the US does not recognize China’s claims of sovereignty around theFULL STORY

Ex-chairman slams DPP for not yielding seats to ‘third force’

By Alison Hsiao

Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) yesterday slammed the party for “yielding only 13 electoral districts to the third political force, which is tantamount to declaring them dead.” Lin, who quit the DPP in 2006 and in April announced his support for theFULL STORY

Dome halt a lesser evil: Taipei2015-05-22

By Abraham Gerber

Halting the Taipei Dome’s construction is the “lesser of two evils,” Taipei Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-chi (鄧家基) said yesterday in a press conference outlining the city’s safety concerns that led to the decision to order the Dome’s contractor, Farglory Land Development Co (遠雄建設), to suspendFULL STORY

Farglory agrees to suspend Dome construction work2015-05-22

By Crystal Hsu

Farglory Land Development Co (遠雄建設) yesterday issued a statement saying it would suspend construction on the Taipei Dome project in compliance with the city government’s order, but would not take responsibility for any consequences. “The company will be cooperative and halt construction on the dome project”FULL STORY

Impact of Dome on MRT line debated2015-05-22

By Kuo Yi, Liang Pei-chi and Jake Chung

Experts, city government officials, city councilors and civic organizations were at odds over whether the decision to halt construction of the Taipei Dome would affect the MRT’s Bannan Line. Farglory Land Development Co (遠雄建設), which is in charge of the project, yesterday complied with the cityFULL STORY

China navy warns US spy plane in disputed waters2015-05-22

The Chinese navy warned a US surveillance plane flying over artificial islands that Beijing is creating in the disputed South China Sea to leave the area eight times, according to CNN, which was onboard the flight on Wednesday. At one stage, after the US pilots respondedFULL STORY

Malaysia orders search, rescue of migrants at sea2015-05-22

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday said he has ordered the navy and coast guard to comb the sea to look for stranded migrants — the first country to announce it will search for the refugees in desperate need of help instead of waiting forFULL STORY

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