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National Day boycott lose-lose: premier

By Alison Hsiao

Beijing’s continued suppression of Taiwan’s international space is a “lose-lose” — and not a “win-win” — strategy, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said yesterday, in response to a report that the Irish government has advised its ministers not to attend celebrations marking Taiwan’s National Day toFULL STORY

KMT, committee clash over frozen assets, salaries

By Abraham Gerber

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee yesterday clashed over fund management, after the KMT said that salaries for party workers for last month would be delayed because the committee had frozen its bank account. “We are in a financialFULL STORY

XPEC chairman Aaron Hsu detained

The Taipei District Court yesterday approved prosecutors’ requests to detain XPEC Entertainment Inc (樂陞科技) chairman Aaron Hsu (許金龍) over his alleged involvement in a Japanese firm’s failed tender offer for a stake in the computer game maker, which resulted in massive losses for investors. TheFULL STORY

World leaders bid farewell to Peres

World leaders yesterday bade farewell to Israeli elder statesman and Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres at his funeral in Jerusalem, with US President Barack Obama hailing him as a giant of the 20th century. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was among the mourners at the city’s MountFULL STORY

US to sharpen its military edge in Asia: defense chief

The US will sharpen its “military edge” in Asia and the Pacific in order to remain a dominant power in a region feeling the effects of China’s rising military might, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said on Thursday. Carter made the pledge in a speechFULL STORY

Cabinet passes long-term care program2016-09-30

By Chen Wei-han

The Executive Yuan yesterday approved a new long-term care services program that aims to more than quadruple the number of users covered by the plan to 738,000 people. The “long-term services care program 2.0” is to replace the current 10-year program that ends this year.FULL STORY

Formosa Chemicals’ license renewal plan rejected2016-09-30

By Kuo Chia-erh

Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp (台化) yesterday said that its permit renewal applications for three boilers at its coal-fired power plant in Changhua County have been turned down by the county government. A listed member of the Formosa Plastics Group (台塑集團), the company applied for regulatoryFULL STORY

US supports Taiwan joining global bodies: US official2016-09-30

Washington values Taiwan’s ability to participate in international affairs, particularly in global bodies in which statehood is not a prerequisite, and believes Taiwan has a lot to offer the international community, a senior US Department of State official said on Tuesday. US Assistant Secretary of StateFULL STORY

Congress allows 9/11 lawsuits against Saudis2016-09-30

The US Congress on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to override a veto by US President Barack Obama for the first time, passing into law a bill that would allow the families of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia forFULL STORY

Philippines to scrap war games with US, Duterte says2016-09-30

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said joint military exercises of Filipino and US troops next week will be the last such drills, although his foreign secretary quickly said the decision was not final. Duterte made the comments while addressing Filipino community members in Hanoi late onFULL STORY

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