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Protests back anti-nuclear hunger strike

By Lee I-chia

Following the start of former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Lin Yi-xiong’s (林義雄) hunger strike on Tuesday to force the government to terminate the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, groups and activists across the nation yesterday supported his cause by staging protests. InFULL STORY

President visits Presbyterian church

By Chris Wang

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday visited the Gikong Presbyterian Church, where former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Lin Yi-xiong (林義雄) is staging an anti-nuclear hunger strike, as more support from politicians poured in for Lin risking his life as an admonition to the government. Ma wasFULL STORY

KMT legislator Lin calls Japanese stupid, rigid

By Tsao Po-yan and Jason Pan

During deliberations on nuclear energy issues at the legislature yesterday, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lin Yu-fang (林郁方) risked a diplomatic flap when he said Japan had mishandled the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster because the Japanese are “stupid.” Speaking at a legislative committee session,FULL STORY

US-Japan treaty applies to islands: Obama

US President Barack Obama confirmed yesterday that the US’ mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan. “The policy of the United States is clear,” he said in a written response to questions publishedFULL STORY

US journalist held by pro-Russian gunmen in Ukraine

Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine yesterday said they are holding a US journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified “bad activities.” Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early on Tuesday. He has been covering the crisis in Ukraine forFULL STORY

Lin starts anti-nuclear hunger strike2014-04-23

By Chris Wang

Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Lin Yi-xiong (林義雄) yesterday began a hunger strike at Taipei’s Gikong Presbyterian Church to demand that the government halt the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮), saying that the President MaFULL STORY

Ministry, Taipei push to lower home prices2014-04-23

By Amy Su

The Ministry of Finance and the Taipei City Government have reached a consensus to raise the housing tax on residential properties not occupied by the owner, in a bid to curb speculation and unreasonably high real-estate prices in the capital’s property market. Taipei Deputy Mayor ChangFULL STORY

Politicized Chinese flags blanket two Taipei streets2014-04-23

By Hsieh Chia-chun and Jason Pan

The residents of a neighborhood in Taipei’s Songshan District (松山) woke up on Monday morning to the perplexing sight of hundreds of Chinese national flags blanketing several city blocks around Fu Jin Street (富錦街). The slew of small yellow-starred red flags were tucked into mailboxes, drapedFULL STORY

US backs Taiwan’s TPP bid, unsure if China a factor: AIT2014-04-23

The US yesterday reiterated its support for Taiwan’s bid to join negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying it welcomed the nation’s interest in the proposed regional trade bloc. “Our view hasn’t changed,” American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) spokesman Mark Zimmer said. Zimmer was respondingFULL STORY

Russia is ‘trying to pull Ukraine apart,’ Biden says in Kiev2014-04-23

US Vice President Joe Biden yesterday accused Russia of “trying to pull Ukraine apart” and pledged Washington’s support for Kiev. Biden was speaking in the Ukrainian capital amid worrying signs on the ground that diplomacy is failing to calm the crisis rocking the country. Pro-Kremlin rebels inFULL STORY

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