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Wang Jin-pyng bid imminent: sources

By Su Meng-chuan and Tsai Ching-hua

Chances are increasing that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) will announce a bid for president, according to sources close to Wang. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) representative in Kaohsiung Lee Po-jung (李柏融) said that Wang has started to motivate his staff and will be convening party membersFULL STORY

Rail gun tipped to alter nation’s defense abilities

By William Lowther

New advances in the development of electromagnetic rail guns (ERG) could have a major impact on the defense of Taiwan, an expert in Asian military affairs said. “[ERGs] could be ready by the early 2020s,” International Assessment and Strategy Center senior fellow Rick Fisher said. US NavyFULL STORY

G20 positive over growth, but Greece worries remain

The G20 leading economies struck a hopeful tone on the outlook for global growth on Friday, even as officials fretted that Athens’ inability to strike a deal with its lenders could upset Europe’s tentative recovery. In a communique after a two-day meeting, G20 finance ministers andFULL STORY

Australia arrests teens over ANZAC terror plot

Five Australian teenagers were arrested yesterday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State-inspired attack at a Veterans’ Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. The suspects included two 18-year-olds, who are alleged to have been preparing an attack at the ANZAC Day ceremony inFULL STORY

Suicide bomber kills 33 in attack outside Afghanistan bank

A suicide bomber killed at least 33 people and wounded 100 in an attack yesterday outside a bank in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said. “Thirty-three dead bodies and more than 100 wounded were brought to the hospital,” Najeebullah Kamawal, head of the provincialFULL STORY

Farglory may get Dome demolition bill2015-04-18

By Abraham Gerber

The Taipei City Government could require Farglory Land Development Co (遠雄建設) to pay for demolishing the Taipei Dome, Taipei Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-chi (鄧家基) said yesterday. “If Farglory is responsible for the contract’s termination, there will not be any question of our purchasing the complex atFULL STORY

Former RCA employees win decade-long legal battle2015-04-18

Former employees of Radio Corp of America (RCA) burst into tears as a court yesterday ordered that the now-defunct electronics company and its owners pay NT$564.45 million (US$18.11 million) in damages to 445 former workers and their families. With pink banners around their foreheads saying “RCAFULL STORY

Pay laws talks stall in legislature2015-04-18

By Alison Hsiao

Laws aimed at addressing long-term problems of low wages and wage stagnation have stalled in the legislature. Three of the “four laws for pay raises” proposed by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus were up for discussion yesterday, but met opposition from groups representing industriesFULL STORY

China progresses swiftly on airstrip2015-04-18

Satellite images published on Thursday show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands, 南沙群島) and might be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern inFULL STORY

Journalist Gao Yu given seven-year sentence in Beijing2015-04-18

Gao Yu (高瑜), a 71-year-old Chinese journalist who has repeatedly challenged the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during a decades-long career, was sentenced to seven years in prison yesterday after a court in Beijing found her guilty of leaking state secrets abroad. Gao said she would appeal,FULL STORY

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