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Rash of ‘defacements’ hits Chiang Kai-shek statues

By Stacy Hsu, Chang Ching-ya and Tsai Shu-yuan

An usually high number of protests targeting statues of former president Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) have been reported across the nation in the wake of the 68th anniversary of the 228 Incident on Saturday. A statue of Chiang erected in Taichung City’s Jhongjheng Park (中正公園) was foundFULL STORY

Group advocates option of casting ‘negative’ votes

By Jake Chung

Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Shih Ming-te (施明德) yesterday called for election laws to add “negative voting,” which he said would allow voters to express a wider range of opinion. Shih told a news conference in Taipei that he and some colleagues believe that votersFULL STORY

Russians protest Nemtsov’s death

Holding placards saying “I am not afraid,” thousands of Russians yesterday marched in Moscow in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has widened a split in society that some say could threaten Russia’s future. Many carried portraits of Nemtsov, who was shot deadFULL STORY

Terror listing hampers US ties: Cuba

Cuba’s removal from a US list of state sponsors of terrorism would be key to restoring formal diplomatic relations between the two nations, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ US Affairs Director Josefina Vidal said in remarks published on Saturday. Vidal said that even if theFULL STORY

Counter-rally dwarfs PEGIDA’s UK protest debut

About 375 people turned out for the Germany-based Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) movement’s first demonstration in Britain on Saturday, but were outnumbered by a 2,000-member crowd of counterprotesters, police officials said. PEGIDA has drawn large crowds in Germany to protest againstFULL STORY

Tears, controversy mark 228 memorial2015-03-01

By Jason Pan

The painful history of the 228 Incident — and the torment and grief that families of its victims still feel — were brought into sharp focus yesterday by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) when he delivered an emotional speech at the government’s memorial ceremony, afterFULL STORY

Tainan may remove school CKS statues2015-03-01

By Tsai Wen-chu and Jake Chung

The Tainan City Government is considering the establishment of a task force to remove statues that depict Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) from local school campuses, Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) said yesterday at a commemorative event for the families and victims of the 228 Incident. The 228FULL STORY

Putin critic slain hours after remarks on radio2015-03-01

A few hours after going on the radio to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policies as “mad,” charismatic opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down early yesterday near the Kremlin. Colleagues in Russia’s beleaguered and marginalized opposition suspected the state or assailants fired up by ferventFULL STORY

Marginalizing Taiwan harms global security: report2015-03-01

By William Lowther

Taiwan’s exclusion from international security groups has created “blind spots” for terrorists and criminals to exploit, a report from the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) says. The report blames China for preventing Taiwan from joining or even participating in organizations that might increaseFULL STORY

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Mr Spock dies2015-03-01

Leonard Nimoy, who won fame and fans with his portrayal of logic-bound, half-alien Commander Spock in the Star Trek TV series and movies, died on Friday. He was 83. Nimoy, who had battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, died at his home in Los Angeles’ Bel AirFULL STORY

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