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Nation braces for approaching storm

By Sean Lin

The sun was still shining in parts of southern Taiwan early yesterday, but the central government as well as local authorities went on high alert as Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (鳳凰) slowly made its way toward that part of the nation from the northern Philippines. As ofFULL STORY

Ukraine signs buffer-zone deal with rebels in east

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militias were due yesterday to pull back their troops from a demilitarized zone created under a new peace plan agreed in marathon overnight talks. A nine-point agreement thrashed out in the early hours yesterday in the Belarussian capital, Minsk, also requires theFULL STORY

Tang Prize’s Yu praises Sunflower protests

Chinese-American historian and Tang Prize laureate Yu Ying-shih (余英時) yesterday reiterated his support for and admiration of Taiwan’s Sunflower movement. “I was very touched by the Sunflower movement a while ago… the students did not leave the legislature until they thoroughly cleaned up the place andFULL STORY

Turkey secures release of hostages held by IS in Iraq

Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey yesterday after more than three months in captivity, in what Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation. Security sources said the hostages had beenFULL STORY

Kerry builds support at UN for coalition against Islamic State

US Secretary of State John Kerry brought together 35 countries at the UN Security Council on Friday to build support for Iraq’s new government and the campaign to confront extremists. The crisis triggered by the Islamic State group’s seizure of large tracts of Iraq and SyriaFULL STORY

Tropical storm heads for nation, warnings issued2014-09-20

The Central Weather Bureau issued a land warning for Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (鳳凰) at 8:30pm yesterday, cautioning against strong winds and big waves in eastern, southern and southwestern Taiwan. The bureau also issued a torrential rain warning for southeastern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula (恆春半島). As ofFULL STORY

Scots head for shake-up after rejecting independence2014-09-20

Scots rejected independence yesterday in a referendum that left the centuries-old UK intact, but headed for a major shake-up that is to give more autonomy to both Scotland and England. Despite a surge in nationalist support in the final fortnight of the campaign, the “no” campFULL STORY

DPP lauds referendum’s ‘democratic values’2014-09-20

By Loa Iok-sin

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday lauded the Scottish independence referendum as a triumph of democratic values, while the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said that Taiwan may lose its independence if it relies too much on China economically. “The DPP admires the Scottish people for expressingFULL STORY

Alleged cop killer turns himself in2014-09-20

By Abraham Gerber

One of the main suspects in the beating death of a police detective in Taipei early on Sunday morning turned himself in to the authorities yesterday after a manhunt by police. Wan Shao-cheng (萬少丞), a member of a local gang who allegedly played a keyFULL STORY

France carries out its first airstrikes against IS in Iraq2014-09-20

France carried out its first air strike against the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq yesterday, boosting US-led efforts to unite the world against the growing threat posed by the extremists. More than a decade after Paris famously refused to back the invasion of Iraq, FranceFULL STORY

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