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KMT sets date for ‘extempore’ congress

By Stacy Hsu

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) headquarters yesterday scheduled the extempore party congress aimed at removing Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) as the party’s presidential candidate. It is to take place on Saturday. The congress, which has as its objectives “forging consensuses and securing victoryFULL STORY

MAC’s Hsia rejects report of alleged peace initiative

By Stacy Hsu

Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Andrew Hsia (夏立言) yesterday rejected a news report that President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is planning to propose a Taiwan Strait peace initiative before his presidential term ends in May next year. At a question-and-answer session during a meeting of theFULL STORY

Regional management, industrial waste treatment critical to garbage issue: EPA

By Chen Wei-han

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday proposed to solve a growing garbage crisis by improving regional waste management, establishing industrial waste treatment centers and building more incinerators, while legislators said that a refusal by local governments to accept garbage from other municipalities is the sourceFULL STORY

Angus Deaton wins Nobel prize for work on poverty

British-American Angus Deaton yesterday won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on consumption, poverty and welfare, the jury said. “By emphasizing the links between individual consumption decisions and outcomes for the whole economy, his work has helped transform modern microeconomics, macroeconomics and development economics,”FULL STORY

Iranian parliament signs off on outline to implement deal

Iran’s parliament on Sunday approved an outline of a bill that would allow the government to implement a historic nuclear deal reached with world powers, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said. The bill allows the government to withdraw from implementing the agreement if worldFULL STORY

Ma speech example of disconnect: Tsai2015-10-12

By Loa Iok-sin

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday criticized President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) attempt in his Double Ten National Day address to explain how he has been “misunderstood” as an example of how the president is disconnected from the public. Tsai received aFULL STORY

Hung camp calls for secret vote at KMT’s congress2015-10-12

By Stacy Hsu and Shih Hsiao-kuang

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) should reveal in advance the agenda of the pending extempore party congress aimed at removing Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) as the party’s presidential candidate and allow the proposal to be decided anonymously via secret ballot rather than byFULL STORY

Turkey mourns 95 killed in blasts2015-10-12

Thousands of people yesterday took to the streets of Ankara to denounce the government and remember 95 people killed in twin suspected suicide bombings on a peace rally, as Turkey mourned its worst-ever attack. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu declared three days of national mourning, withFULL STORY

Nepal elects communist Oli as prime minister2015-10-12

Nepal’s parliament yesterday chose communist leader Khadga Prasad Oli as prime minister, tasking him with unifying the earthquake-hit country after a new constitution triggered deadly protests, a border blockade and a nationwide fuel shortage. Oli, of the Communist Party of Nepal, won 338 votes compared withFULL STORY

TPP adds urgency for China, India at RCEP negotiations2015-10-12

Left out of the US-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact struck last week, China and India approach this week’s talks for a huge Asia-wide equivalent with fresh urgency, lest competitor nations steal a march on export access. Beijing is a key driver of the Regional ComprehensiveFULL STORY

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