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Clara Chou delivers case against Ma to prosecutors

By Jason Pan

Media personality Clara Chou (周玉蔻) yesterday gave her testimony and made more allegations as she went to the Special Investigation Division (SID) of the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office to provide evidence to back her accusation that President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) had received a large sum ofFULL STORY

DPP’s Tsai blasts non-conforming councilors

By Loa Iok-sin

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday lashed out at party councilors who did not vote along party lines in elections for local council speakers, calling them “a shame to democracy,” while apologizing to the party’s supporters. “Those [councilors] who sold their votes forFULL STORY

Legislature delays tax law

By Alison Hsiao

A proposal to introduce additional taxation on security transactions originally scheduled to begin next year was put off for three years after an amendment to the Income Tax Act (所得稅法) passed the legislature yesterday without any objections. With the so-called “active trader clause” in the amendment,FULL STORY

Speedboat attack kills at least 22 Libyan soldiers

Militants killed at least 22 soldiers on Thursday after a surprise attack in which they used speedboats in a failed bid to seize some of Libya’s main oil terminals, officials said. The fighting in the oil-rich region came as pro-government forces lost ground to Muslim militiasFULL STORY

S Korea, US, Japan to ink N Korea deal

South Korea, the US and Japan will sign their first-ever trilateral intelligence-sharing pact next week to better cope with North Korea’s increasing nuclear and missile threats, Seoul officials said yesterday. The US has separate, bilateral intelligence-sharing agreements with South Korea and Japan, both US allies thatFULL STORY

President files suit against Clara Chou2014-12-26

By Chien Li-chung and Jake Chung

Allegations that President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) received a NT$200 million (US$6.2 million) off-the-books political donation from Ting Hsin International Group (頂新集團) made by media personality Clara Chou (周玉蔻) are being investigated by the Special Investigation Division (SID) of the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, while Ma saidFULL STORY

Sunflower leader quits Miaoli by-election2014-12-26

By Jake Chung

Sunflower movement leader Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) yesterday dropped out of the by-election for the legislative seat representing Miaoli County due to fears that past cases of sexual harassment would overshadow the political changes he and other like-minded people have sought to introduce. Chen revealed on TuesdayFULL STORY

KMT victorious in 15 council speaker ballots2014-12-26

By Alison Hsiao

On the day of the inauguration of newly elected city, municipality and county heads, 22 councils across the country also voted to choose speakers and deputy speakers. While the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secured the speakers of the Greater Kaohsiung, Yilan County and Chiayi County councils,FULL STORY

Jordanian pilot is captured by IS in Syria after crash2014-12-26

The Islamic State (IS) group captured a Jordanian pilot on Wednesday after his warplane from the US-led coalition crashed while on a mission against the militants, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), over Syria. A senior Jordanian military official saidFULL STORY

Sony streams North Korea comedy ‘The Interview’ on Web2014-12-26

Entertainment giant Sony on Wednesday streamed The Interview, the movie that has outraged North Korea for lampooning its leader Kim Jong-un, giving an early online Christmas present to US viewers. The madcap, irreverent R-rated comedy was available for rent in the US on several platforms, aFULL STORY

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