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Su, Hau talk over nuclear power plant

By Chris Wang

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) met with Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday to discuss the DPP-proposed national referendum on the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, with both describing the meeting as “the first step toward conciliation” between the pan-greenFULL STORY

Japan ups surveillance against China: reports

Japan bolstered its military surveillance capabilities in the southern island region of Okinawa over the weekend, reports said, as territorial tensions with China simmer. The nation’s armed forces, called the Self-Defense Forces, launched a squadron of four E-2C early warning planes at its air base inFULL STORY

Youth urge Ma to listen to those outside the KMT

By Loa Iok-sin

As President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday afternoon participated in a youth forum organized by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to gather opinions from the younger generation, dozens of young people demonstrated outside the venue in Taipei, urging the president to also listen to those outsideFULL STORY

Separatists in Ukrainian town call for Russian peacekeepers after gunbattle

Pro-Moscow separatists controlling the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk yesterday called for Russian peacekeepers to deploy and announced a curfew after a gunbattle nearby killed at least two of their militants. Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the rebel leader in the town, told reporters he had made an appealFULL STORY

South Korea ferry death toll rises as probe continues

South Korean prosecutors investigating last week’s ferry disaster yesterday said they want to extend the detention of the vessel’s captain and two crew members as they try to determine the cause of the accident that has likely claimed more than 300 lives. The Sewol ferry wasFULL STORY

Sean Lien wins KMT’s Taipei mayoral primary2014-04-20

By Alison Hsiao

Former Taipei EasyCard Corp (悠遊卡公司) chairman Sean Lien (連勝文) emerged as the winner yesterday in the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) primary for the Taipei mayoral election later this year after defeating his main competitor, KMT Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中), by a landslide. The eldest son ofFULL STORY

Relatives of ferry missing give DNA to identify dead2014-04-20

Some relatives of the more than 200 children missing aboard a sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs yesterday to help identify the dead as rescue efforts turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board. Carrying 476 passengers andFULL STORY

Pope dedicates Good Friday service to those suffering2014-04-20

The plight of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated Pope Francis’ Good Friday service at Rome’s Colosseum as he led Catholics around the world in commemorating the day Jesus died. In the runup to the second Easter of his pontificate, theFULL STORY

DPP events to back Lin’s anti-nuclear hunger strike2014-04-20

By Rich Chang

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is mobilizing members who hold public office to participate in a sit-in outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei on Tuesday to support former DPP chairman Lin Yi-xiong (林義雄) when he starts fasting to protest the continuing construction of the FourthFULL STORY

Obama to boost US’ ‘rebalance’ to Asia with diplomacy tour2014-04-20

US President Barack Obama is to use an Asian tour beginning this week to bolster Washington’s alliances in the region at a time of increased geopolitical tension. Obama is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, and will be under duress to addressFULL STORY

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