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Wei Ying-chun found not guilty

By Yen Hung-chun and Jake Chung

Defendants in an adulterated cooking oil case that shook the nation last year, including former Ting Hsin International Group (頂新集團) executive Wei Ying-chun (魏應充), were found not guilty of breaching the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation (食品安全衛生管理法) by the Changhua District Court yesterday. The ChanghuaFULL STORY

DGBAS cuts its forecast for GDP growth this year

By Lauly Li

The government yesterday cut its forecast for GDP growth this year to 1.06 percent, down 0.5 percentage points from the 1.56 percent projected in August due to persistent weakness in external demand. For the first three quarters, the economy grew 1.26 percent from a year earlierFULL STORY

Legislature passes several welfare changes

By Alison Hsiao

The legislature yesterday passed several welfare bills, but resolved to put off a controversial draft bill proposing to register Chinese studying in Taiwan for the National Health Insurance (NHI) program in the face of a Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) caucus threat to boycott the session. AmendmentsFULL STORY

Russia, France to tighten anti-Islamic State effort

The presidents of France and Russia on Thursday agreed to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group. The group has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks against citizens of both France and Russia in recent weeks: the Nov. 13 shootings and suicide bombingsFULL STORY

IS supporters killed in the Philippines

Eight members of a gang that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group were killed in a firefight with military personnel in the southern Philippines, officials said yesterday. The hour-long battle took place on Thursday in Palimbang, a remote town in the nation’s south. The militantsFULL STORY

Wang vows to move out of controversial housing2015-11-27

By Stacy Hsu

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice presidential candidate Jennifer Wang (王如玄) yesterday pledged to move out of the government dormitory in which she and her husband have been living for a decade as soon as possible, as the controversy surrounding her real-estate dealings continues to snowball. “TheFULL STORY

US to sell arms: sources2015-11-27

By Josh Rogin

The US government is close to announcing that it will sell about US$1 billion worth of military equipment to Taiwan, its first new sale in more than four years. The sale is likely to cause a rift in Washington’s relationship with Beijing. US President Barack Obama’sFULL STORY

Eric Chu says opinion polls ‘are a reference only’2015-11-27

By Stacy Hsu

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫) yesterday said that opinion polls are for reference only and that he will continue to propose better policies to gain public recognition. “Polls only serve as reference. I think what really matters is that we endeavorFULL STORY

Turkey releases recording of warnings to Russian jet2015-11-27

Turkey released audio recordings of what it says are the Turkish military’s warnings to the pilot of the Russian plane that was shot down at the border with Syria. The recordings, made available to reporters yesterday, indicate that the plane was warned several times that itFULL STORY

North, South Korea hold rare talks to set up dialogue2015-11-27

North and South Korean officials yesterday sat down for rare talks aimed at setting up a sustainable high-level dialogue that has constantly eluded the two rivals. The meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom began shortly before 1pm and marked the first inter-governmental interaction sinceFULL STORY

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