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Cabinet launches Food Safety Office

By Alison Hsiao and Stacy Hsu

The Executive Yuan’s Food Safety Office was officially launched yesterday. The agency is to be supervised by newly appointed Minister of Health and Welfare Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌), who was sworn in yesterday, and has a prosecutor from the Taiwan High Prosecutors’ Office stationed to streamlineFULL STORY

FDA recalls eight more Ting Hsin Oil products

By Stacy Hsu

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday ordered a preventive recall of eight Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Industrial Co (頂新製油實業) beef tallow products on suspicions that they were manufactured with oil imported from Vietnam-based Dai Hanh Phuc Co that might have been intended forFULL STORY

Hong Kong demonstrators march after fruitless talks

About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of Beijing-backed Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (梁振英) yesterday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock. Others continued to occupy mainFULL STORY

Taiwanese, Hong Kongers identify less with China

By William Lowther

In Taiwan and Hong Kong, residents are identifying less and less as Chinese — a trend that is troubling Beijing, according to a new study by American Enterprise Institute research fellow Michael Mazza. “To young Hong Kongers, the city [territory] has always been part of China;FULL STORY

N Korean detainee back home in Ohio

A US man detained for nearly half a year in North Korea has landed back home. A plane carrying Jeffrey Fowle landed yesterday morning at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where he had an emotional reunion with his family. Moments after Fowle stepped off a planeFULL STORY

Air force pilot killed after planes collide2014-10-22

By Jason Pan

The pilot of a 37-year-old AT-3 training aircraft belonging to the Air Force Academy died yesterday after his aircraft collided with another AT-3 and crashed during a routine training mission of the Thunder Tiger Aerobatics Team in Greater Kaohsiung, military officials said. The pilot, LieutenantFULL STORY

Talks as Leung warns free poll would empower poor2014-10-22

Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protesters yesterday held their first talks aimed at ending weeks of rallies that have paralysed parts of the territory, after its leader ruled out major reforms. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (梁振英), in an interview late on Monday, said openFULL STORY

Ting Hsin’s Wei Ying-chun indicted2014-10-22

Ting Hsin International Group (頂新集團) executive Wei Ying-chun (魏應充) was indicted yesterday on charges of fraud, forgery and food-related regulatory violations for his role in an oil adulteration scandal that erupted last year. Wei, former chairman of Cheng I Food Co (正義股份), Ting Hsin OilFULL STORY

Pistorius starts five-year prison term2014-10-22

Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van yesterday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. A South African judge cited the “gross negligence” the Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle doorFULL STORY

New rules for holidays revealed2014-10-22

By Alison Hsiao

Beginning next year, a national holiday falling on a Tuesday or a Thursday would meet the condition for a long weekend, with the Monday or Friday in between designated as a movable holiday to be compensated by a working Saturday a week before, the ExecutiveFULL STORY

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