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Tsai’s, Cabinet’s approval ratings rise

By Chen Wei-han

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and the Cabinet have regained some public approval, the latest poll by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation showed, with a bump of more than 7 percentage points. It is the first time that their approval ratings have gone up since the administrationFULL STORY

Tourism Bureau to vet one-day bus tour offers

By Shelley Shan

A list of 100 one-day bus tours that will require two drivers has been compiled and tour operators must follow this requirement if they offer any of the trips during the 228 Memorial Day long weekend that begins on Saturday, the Tourism Bureau announced yesterday.FULL STORY

Firms upbeat on Taiwan: AmCham

By Crystal Hsu

US companies in Taiwan are slightly more confident about their financial prospects this year as the economy improves and the government heeds calls for regulatory reform, a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (AmCham) showed yesterday. The poll showed that 56.1 percent ofFULL STORY

Donald Tsang in custody ahead of sentencing in HK

Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang (曾蔭權), the highest-ranking ex-official to be charged in the territory’s history, was remanded in custody yesterday ahead of his sentencing later this week for misconduct in public office. A nine-person jury earlier found that Tsang failed to disclose privateFULL STORY

‘We’re not here for your oil,’ Mattis says on trip to Iraq

The US military is not in Iraq “to seize anybody’s oil,” US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said yesterday, distancing himself from remarks by US President Donald Trump at the start of a visit to Iraq. Mattis, on his first trip to Iraq as Pentagon chief,FULL STORY

Tourism, DGH bosses offer to resign2017-02-20

By Shelley Shan

The heads of the Tourism Bureau and the Directorate-General of Highways (DGH) have offered their verbal resignations to take responsibility for a deadly tour bus accident that occurred one week ago today, but Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) has not accepted theFULL STORY

Kaohsiung and Taichung rallies call for clean air2017-02-20

By Su Meng-chuan and William Hetherington

Thousands of protesters yesterday rallied in Taichung and Kaohsiung to protest against air pollution and climate change, joined by ruling party and opposition lawmakers, local politicians and former Academia Sinica president Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲). The marches were organized by the Taiwan Healthy Air Action Alliance toFULL STORY

US carrier strike group patrolling South China Sea2017-02-20

A US aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid concerns the disputed waterway could become a flashpoint under the new US administration. The US Navy said the force, including the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, began routine operations inFULL STORY

Trump back to governing after rally2017-02-20

One day after delighting in a massive campaign-style rally, US President Donald Trump was turning back to the business of governing. Trump, who spent the weekend at his private club in Florida, planned to spend yesterday interviewing at least four candidates to be his new nationalFULL STORY

Southern California rain eases, north faces more storms2017-02-20

A huge Pacific storm that lingered over southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least three people, eased off on Saturday, but was only a temporary reprieve as new storms took aim farther north. The US National WeatherFULL STORY

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