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Cabinet mulls special act for repairs

By Stacy Hsu

The Executive Yuan yesterday said that it would discuss whether to promulgate a special act to oversee post-earthquake reconstruction in Tainan later this week, while pledging to ensure the welfare of people affected by the disaster. Premier Simon Chang (張善政) held a meeting at theFULL STORY

Ministry to speed up building-evaluation program

By Wang Han-ping and Hsu Yi-ping

Ministry of the Interior officials have said that they plan to speed up the implementation of the “health inspection” program for old buildings, giving priority to six southern cities and counties in the aftermath of the Feb. 6 earthquake. Construction and Planning Agency Director-General HsuFULL STORY

Chan sisters win doubles title at the Taiwan Open

By Dave Carroll

The Chan sisters claimed their first doubles title of the year at the Taiwan Open in Kaohsiung yesterday, while Venus Williams prevailed in the final of the singles. Taiwanese top seeds Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) and Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) defeated Japanese duo Eri Hozumi and Miyu KatoFULL STORY

HK’s Tsang urges activists to turn ‘back from the cliff’

Bloomberg

The perpetrators of violent clashes in Hong Kong last week shattered its values in one night, the city’s financial secretary said, urging those involved to “turn their horses back from the cliff.” The “small group of people who lost rationality” marred the territory’s interests and tarnishedFULL STORY

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies aged 79

US Supreme Court Justice and outspoken conservative Antonin Scalia has died, leaving the high court without its conservative majority and setting up an ideological confrontation over his successor in the maelstrom of a presidential election year. Scalia was 79 years old. Scalia was found dead onFULL STORY

Tainan ends search for quake victims2016-02-14

By Lee I-chia

Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) at 4:20pm yesterday announced that the search-and-rescue operation at the Weiguan Jinlong complex in Tainan, which collapsed in an earthquake on Feb. 6, has come to an end, after the body of the last missing resident was found. According to CentralFULL STORY

Cabinet to hold meeting on reconstruction efforts2016-02-14

Reconstruction work following the damage caused by the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck southern Taiwan last week is to begin soon, with the Executive Yuan scheduled to hold a meeting today to discuss resources that can be allocated for the work and the regulations toFULL STORY

Zhongxiao W Road reopens as demolition finishes early2016-02-14

By Tseng Ying-yung

Taipei’s Zhongxiao W Road was reopened to traffic yesterday morning after work to tear down an overpass to the Zhongxiao Bridge (忠孝橋) was completed ahead of schedule. However, authorities advised commuters to depart at least 20 minutes earlier or to use public transportation if they areFULL STORY

South Korea, US to discuss deployment of THAAD: officials2016-02-14

South Korea and the US are expected to begin talks next week on the possible deployment of an advanced US missile defense system following North Korea’s recent rocket launch, officials said on Friday, as Seoul cut power to a factory park run jointly with theFULL STORY

Pope Francis to address migrants and drug violence in five-day Mexico visit2016-02-14

From the US border to the indigenous south, Pope Francis is to visit some of the poorest and most violent corners of Mexico on his five-day trip and was yesterday to celebrate Mass before an image of the country’s patroness, the Virgin of Guadalupe. Chronic violenceFULL STORY

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