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Majority says Taiwan is independent

By Cheng Hung-ta and William Hetherington

An overwhelming majority of Taiwanese believe Taiwan is a sovereign and independent nation, the results of a poll released yesterday by the Taiwan Brain Trust think tank showed, with 75.8 percent of respondents supporting the sentiment, while 18.9 percent disagreed. On the issue of Taiwan’s statusFULL STORY

GDP grows 2.06 percent in Q3, beating forecasts

By Crystal Hsu

The nation’s economy expanded 2.06 percent last quarter, better than August’s official estimate of 1.99 percent, as the government and semiconductor firms stepped up their capital expenditure, which offset lackluster exports, the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said yesterday. The figure, while the highestFULL STORY

Chinese welcome ‘Mighty Uncle Xi’ as CCP’s ‘core’

Reuters, BEIJING

Hailing “Mighty Uncle Xi” (習大大), Chinese have taken to social media to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) naming by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as its “core,” despite party efforts to limit a cult of personality. Following a four-day plenum, the party late on ThursdayFULL STORY

Group slams plan to scrap subsidies on foreign students’ NHI premiums

By Sean Lin

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) proposal to cancel government subsidies on monthly National Health Insurance (NHI) system premiums paid by foreign students discriminates against the students, who would have to pay unreasonably high premiums compared with Taiwanese residents, the Taiwan International Students Movement (TISM) said yesterday. TheFULL STORY

Cancel vote, name me US president, Trump tells crowd

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday criticized Democrat rival Hillary Rodham Clinton over her trade policies, saying she would handle trade deals so badly that the country should “just cancel the election” and name him the victor. Speaking to supporters in Toledo, Ohio, TrumpFULL STORY

Cabinet passes ‘green’ energy park plan2016-10-28

By Chen Wei-han

The Executive Yuan yesterday approved a proposal to build a “green” energy park in the Shalun area (沙崙) in Tainan’s Gueiren District (歸仁) to attract NT$1.2 trillion (US$37.93 billion) in investment in the renewable energy industry. The 22-hectare park near the Taiwan High Speed Rail’sFULL STORY

Legislators fight over labor law amendments2016-10-28

By Abraham Gerber and Chen Wei-han

Fighting broke out at a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee yesterday as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-controlled committee approved a controversial amendment to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法). Torn papers and signs littered the committee chamber’s floor and desks afterFULL STORY

Three people detained over fake fire-retardant paints2016-10-28

By Jason Pan

The Taipei District Court yesterday approved the detention of three executives of a contracting company accused of using fake fire-retardant paints in work at the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum. Authorities on Wednesday raided the offices of En Chi Industry Co (恩企實業) in TaipeiFULL STORY

School attack in Idlib a potential war crime: UN2016-10-28

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) yesterday called the airstrikes in Syria’s rebel-held northern Idlib Province a day earlier an “outrage,” suggesting it might be the deadliest attack on a school since the country’s war began nearly six years ago. The attack killed 22 children andFULL STORY

Japan, S Korea and US agree to step up pressure on North2016-10-28

Senior officials from Japan, the US and South Korea yesterday agreed to step up pressure on North Korea as they stuck to their goal of persuading the communist state to abandon its nuclear weapons. Their pledge comes just two days after US National Intelligence DirectorFULL STORY

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