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M503 protest ends in scuffles, fines

By Loa Iok-sin

Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) members in the early hours of yesterday staged a protest outside the presidential residence ahead of China’s scheduled inauguration of the controversial M503 flight route today. Protesters shouted: “Withdraw the M503 flight route” and “President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), step down.” Loud screamsFULL STORY

Siew delivers message to Xi as Boao Forum opens

Former vice president Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) yesterday expressed to Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) Taiwan’s intent to take part in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) during a brief exchange of greetings, and Beijing is willing to improve contacts with Taiwan to discuss issues relatedFULL STORY

Ma ducks MeHAS responsibility, cites ‘chop’

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday insisted that he was not personally involved in the MeHAS City (美河市) project after reports emerged showing his signature on the contract for the controversial residential and commercial development project, which was signed while he was mayor of Taipei inFULL STORY

Soyuz arrives at International Space Station for ‘critical’ year-long mission

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three crew on board successfully docked at the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday after blasting off from Kazakhstan, NASA said, launching a year-long mission on the orbiting outpost. The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft’s crew included a US astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut,FULL STORY

Malaysian opposition protests despite arrests

Malaysian police yesterday arrested three leading opposition politicians in a bid to thwart a protest march demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, his People’s Justice Party said. However, the protest went ahead with several hundred people taking to the streets of the capital,FULL STORY

Siew to voice Taiwan’s interest in AIIB2015-03-28

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

Former vice president Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) yesterday said that he would express Taiwan’s interest in taking part in the emerging Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the China-led regional financial institution, when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) today, according to a report. Siew, headFULL STORY

NSB employing ‘hackers’ for new cybersecurity unit2015-03-28

By Jason Pan

A National Security Bureau (NSB) plan to establish a new department for cybersecurity in the coming months has received wide support among legislators, but some expressed concerns about security over recruiting “hackers” to work in government offices. Bureau Director-General Lee Shying-jow (李翔宙) confirmed during a legislativeFULL STORY

Legislative session adjourned after M503 ruckus2015-03-28

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

While the government has consented to China’s inauguration of a new commercial flight route near the middle of the Taiwan Strait starting tomorrow, opponents continued to rail against the plan yesterday, leading to the adjournment of a regular legislative session. Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) atFULL STORY

Prosecutors say Germanwings copilot hid illness2015-03-28

Germanwings copilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, German prosecutors said yesterday. The evidence came from the search of Lubitz’sFULL STORY

Abe to address joint session of US Congress in April2015-03-28

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the US Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so. Abe will spend eight days on a state visit expected to focus on joint responses to growingFULL STORY

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