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Chinese aircraft fly around Taiwan

By Jason Pan

Chinese military aircraft yesterday flew over the East China Sea to the south of Japan’s Okinawa Island and circled the international airspace surrounding Taiwan before passing over the Bashi Channel to return to China, officials from the Ministry of National Defense said. It was the secondFULL STORY

Thousands rally to support equal marriage rights

By Sean Lin

More than 200,000 people yesterday gathered for a public concert on Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei in support of same-sex marriage. The concert, which had a theme of supporting equal marriage rights and preventing deaths caused by discrimination against gay people, coincided with Human Rights Day,FULL STORY

White Terror probe to be finished in three years: Tsai

By Weng Lu-huang, Su Fang-ho and Jake Chung

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday pledged to complete the first-ever official investigative report on the White Terror era within three years, saying that past deeds could be forgiven, but not forgotten. At an event to mark Human Rights Day at the Jingmei Human Rights MemorialFULL STORY

Writers call for end to China’s rights crackdown

More than 100 authors from around the world yesterday — Human Rights Day — signed a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) to urge an immediate end to China’s “worsening crackdown” on rights, a global writers group said. Since he came to power in 2012,FULL STORY

CIA says Moscow helped Trump win White House race

The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the US presidential election to help US president-elect Donald Trump win the White House and not just to undermine confidence in the US electoral system, a senior US official said on Friday. US intelligence agencies have assessed thatFULL STORY

TSMC, Giant bosses decline adviser post2016-12-10

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) chairman Morris Chang (張忠謀) has declined an offer to become a senior adviser to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the company said in a statement yesterday. Chang said in the statement that he is not suitable for the position, because heFULL STORY

KMT proposal to amend Referendum Act defeated2016-12-10

By Jake Chung

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday voted down the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus’ motion to give a second reading to a bill to amend the Referendum Act (公民投票法), proposed by a KMT lawmaker who said his version is based on a previous proposal byFULL STORY

South China Sea: Taiwan to uphold sovereignty in South China Sea: Tsai2016-12-10

Taiwan will uphold its sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea and its rights to the region based on international and maritime laws, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday. Taiwan would also continue to uphold the freedom of navigation and flight in the SouthFULL STORY

South China Sea: Images show Vietnam dredging on disputed reef2016-12-10

Vietnam has started dredging work on a reef in the South China Sea, fresh satellite images appear to show, a move that could provoke Beijing, which claims most of the disputed waterway. An image of the small Ladd Reef (Rihji Reef, 日積礁), which is also claimedFULL STORY

S Korean president stripped of powers after impeachment2016-12-10

South Korean lawmakers yesterday voted to impeach South Korean President Park Geun-hye, stripping away her sweeping executive powers over a corruption scandal and opening a new period of national uncertainty. The National Assembly ballot immediately transferred Park’s authority to the prime minister, pending a decision byFULL STORY

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