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Ministry advised to review curriculum

By Alison Hsiao and Abraham Gerber

A legislative cross-caucus meeting yesterday decided against an extraordinary legislative session, as student protesters had demanded, and instead advised the Ministry of Education (MOE) to immediately launch reviews of curriculum guidelines in accordance with the Senior High School Education Act (高級中等教育法) and to allow schoolsFULL STORY

Control Yuan votes to impeach Tainan Mayor Lai

By Tsai Wen-chu

The Control Yuan yesterday voted to impeach Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) for failing to attend city council meetings, but it remains unclear what disciplinary measures he might face. The Control Yuan, the branch of government charged with investigating and censuring improper behavior by civil servantsFULL STORY

Typhoon Soudelor brewing

By Shelley Shan

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday said that it could issue sea and land alerts for Typhoon Soudelor tomorrow if it increases in strength, adding that it does not rule out the typhoon making landfall. As of 2pm yesterday, the center of the typhoon wasFULL STORY

Typhoon rips through Northern Marianas

Typhoon Soudelor yesterday developed into the world’s most powerful storm of the year as it took aim at Taiwan, Japan and China after trashing the Northern Marianas. The storm was roaring across the western Pacific Ocean packing wind gusts up to 354kph, according to the JointFULL STORY

South China Sea tensions flare at Asia security talks

China was on a diplomatic collision course with some of its neighbors and the US over its controversial island building, as regional security talks opened in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Beijing is expanding tiny reefs in the flashpoint South China Sea into islands and topping some withFULL STORY

Curriculum talks with MOE break down2015-08-04

By Abraham Gerber

Talks between Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) and students over the curriculum controversy fell apart yesterday, with students storming out of a Ministry of Education (MOE)-sponsored forum in tears. “What in the world are these talks supposed to be?” Northern Taiwan Anti-Curriculum Changes Alliance convenerFULL STORY

Ma demands apology from Lee Teng-hui2015-08-04

In a rare rebuke of one of his predecessors, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday demanded an apology from former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) for claiming that the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) belong to Japan instead of the Republic of China (ROC). In a letter to Taiwan’s Chinese-languageFULL STORY

China’s island building faces scrutiny at ASEAN forum2015-08-04

Beijing faces pressure over its island building in the South China Sea during high-level Asian security meetings this week that are to include top US and Chinese diplomats. China is expanding tiny reefs into islands and topping some with military posts to reinforce its disputed claimsFULL STORY

Japan labels US spying allegations ‘deeply regrettable’2015-08-04

Tokyo yesterday described claims that Washington spied on Japanese politicians and major firms as “deeply regrettable,” in its first official response to revelations from whistleblower Web site WikiLeaks. “I will withhold comment, but if this is true, as an ally, it is deeply regrettable,” the government’sFULL STORY

Proposal to ban duty-free cigarette sales questioned2015-08-04

Government agencies yesterday expressed reservations about a proposal by experts that the government should eliminate sales of duty-free cigarettes at airports. Health Promotion Administration Director-General Chiou Shu-ti (邱淑媞) said that the administration respects the proposal, but that it would need further discussion among the relevantFULL STORY

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