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Beijing pick Lam named next HK chief

The candidate favored by Beijing’s Chinese Communist Party leaders was chosen as Hong Kong’s new leader yesterday, in the first such vote since huge pro-democracy protests erupted over the territory’s election system in 2014. A committee dominated by pro-Beijing elites selected former Hong Kong chief secretaryFULL STORY

Poorer retirees to retain 18% rate

By Chen Wei-han

While plans are under way to phase out the 18 percent preferential saving rate for retired public employees, those who receive a monthly pension of less than NT$32,160 are likely to still be entitled to the benefit. The Presidential Office’s Pension Reform Committee is inclined toFULL STORY

China officials stop Sydney academic from flying home

Chinese authorities have blocked an Australia-based academic from boarding a flight home, Australia said yesterday, after what sources said was repeated interrogation over his links to liberal intellectuals in China. The case of long-serving University of Technology Sydney (UTS) associate professor Feng Chongyi (馮崇義) comes justFULL STORY

EU leaders project unity, despite fears over failure

Proclaiming “Europe is our common future,” 27 EU leaders on Saturday signed a statement in Rome declaring their commitment to integrating the continent even as a series of crises has badly weakened the efforts and Britain prepares to leave the bloc. The statement, known as theFULL STORY

Police detain opposition leader at Moscow protest

Several dozen people were detained in protests across Russia yesterday, after the opposition urged people to take to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on his Web site that moreFULL STORY

Brawl follows China ice hockey game2017-03-26

By Grant Dexter

Taiwan notched their third win at the Under-18 World Championship in Taipei yesterday — defeating Bulgaria 4-2 — a day after their encounter against China turned nasty seconds after the game finished 4-0 in favor of the visitors. China lead Division III, undefeated through four gamesFULL STORY

High-level Japanese official visits2017-03-26

By Peng Wan-hsin, Lu Yi-hsuan and William Hetherington

Japanese Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Jiro Akama arrived in Taiwan yesterday on a one-day visit to promote tourism in his country, becoming the highest-level Japanese official to visit Taiwan since the two nations ended official ties in 1972. Shortly after his arrival, AkamaFULL STORY

DPP urges China to account for missing Taiwanese activist2017-03-26

China’s failure to respond on the matter of a Taiwanese man missing in China is causing his family “anxiety and panic,” the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday, as it called on authorities to protect the rights of Taiwanese. Concern has risen in Taiwan about theFULL STORY

Trump’s healthcare bill dies on vine2017-03-26

After weeks of contentious negotiations over the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Republicans had to admit defeat as they could not gain sufficient support from their own side for the plan to overhaul US health insurance. Speaking afterward in the Oval Office, US President Donald TrumpFULL STORY

Scores feared dead after Iraq airstrikes2017-03-26

By the time rescuers finally arrived no one was left alive. For almost one week desperate neighbors had scraped through the rubble, searching for as many as 130 people who lay buried after three homes in a west Mosul suburb were destroyed by coalition airstrikes. TheFULL STORY

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