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Gas blasts kill 25, injures hundreds in Greater Kaohsiung

A series of powerful gas blasts killed at least 25 people and injured up to 267 before dawn today in Greater Kaohsiung, overturning cars and ripping up roads as terrified residents fled an inferno. The explosions sparked massive fires which tore through the Cianjhen District (前鎮),FULL STORY

Premier dodging responsibility: DPP

By Chen Hui-ping, Chung Li-hua, Chen Yen-ting and Jake Chung

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday accused Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) of trying to shirk his responsibilities by denying that he ordered the violent eviction of protesters at the Executive Yuan compound in Taipei during the Sunflower movement in March. A report published yesterday byFULL STORY

TVBS news channel accused of ‘racist’ reporting

By Loa Iok-sin

TVBS’ local news channel is facing accusations of racism after broadcasting a story saying that the rising number of Filipino workers in Taiwan has sparked public concern about quality of life, while urging the government to better “manage” foreign workers. The televised report says thatFULL STORY

Most people favor ban on China 4G base stations: poll

By Shelley Shan

Nearly 60 percent of Taiwanese support a full government ban on 4G telecommunication service operators using base stations made by Chinese manufacturers over concerns about national security, a survey by the Digital Convergence Development Association showed yesterday. The survey also found that about 70FULL STORY

Israel intent on destroying Gaza tunnels, snubs UN

Israel yesterday said it would not pull troops from Gaza until they finish destroying a network of cross-border tunnels, despite sharp UN criticism over the civilian death toll. Speaking at the start of a special Cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saidFULL STORY

Premier in court over violent evictions2014-07-31

By Loa Iok-sin

Under a heavy police presence and with more than 100 demonstrators calling on him to resign, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday afternoon appeared in court to face charges of attempted murder filed against him and high-ranking police officers in a private prosecution over the violentFULL STORY

KMT caucus whip resigns over Control Yuan vote2014-07-31

By Alison Hsiao

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus whip Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) tendered his resignation yesterday after 11 of the 29 Control Yuan nominees recommended by the Presidential Office were rejected by the legislature, where the KMT holds a majority. At press time last night, it had not beenFULL STORY

Uighur group says nearly 100 casualties from clash2014-07-31

A clash in Xinjiang, home to China’s mostly Muslim Uighur minority, left nearly 100 people dead or wounded, an exile group said yesterday after what authorities called a “terror attack” on a police station and township. Dozens of civilians and assailants were killed and injured inFULL STORY

Chinese barred from buying AIDC stock2014-07-31

The Ministry of Economic Affairs yesterday said it would bar Chinese investors from investing in Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (AIDC, 漢翔) after the state-run aircraft maker goes public, for the purpose of safeguarding national security. “AIDC will never move to China or become an enterprise managedFULL STORY

Russia defiant in the face of historic Western sanctions2014-07-31

A defiant Russia yesterday dismissed unprecedented Western sanctions over Ukraine after Brussels and Washington unveiled the toughest punitive measures against the Kremlin since the Cold War. The third round of US and EU sanctions aims to force Russia to change tack and halt its support ofFULL STORY

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