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Patrol boats head for Okinotori atoll

Two patrol boats yesterday left Kaohsiung for international waters near the Okinotori atoll in the Western Pacific in response to a directive from President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to protect Taiwanese fishing boats operating in the area. The deployment of a Coast Guard Administration (CGA) ship andFULL STORY

Workers’ groups demand more of new government

By Chen Wei-han

Thousands of people yesterday took to the streets of Taipei to mark Workers’ Day, demanding that the government protect workers’ rights, while criticizing the incoming Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration’s plans to continue labor policies that the protesters said have worsened working conditions. The “Fight forFULL STORY

Judiciary harmed, Lin Chuan says

By Stacy Hsu

Premier-designate Lin Chuan (林全) yesterday said that the deportation of 32 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China from Malaysia on Saturday is detrimental to Taiwan’s judicial power, adding that he hopes both sides of the Taiwan Strait could demonstrate goodwill in dialogue and push for aFULL STORY

Blasts rock Iraq after protests in capital

Two car bombs claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 14 people and wounded 37 others in the center of the southern Iraqi city of Samawa yesterday, police said, while on Saturday, protesters tore down walls and poured into the Iraqi capital’s heavilyFULL STORY

Germany’s AfD to adopt new platform amid street clashes

Germany’s Alternative for Germany party (AfD) was set to adopt a party manifesto yesterday, calling for sharp restrictions on immigration and the practice of Islam, after German riot police on Saturday briefly detained about 500 protesters as clashes erupted outside a meeting of the party. FormedFULL STORY

Taiwan protests deportation of 32 from Malaysia2016-05-01

By Shih Hsiao-kuang

Taiwan yesterday lodged a formal protest against Malaysia for deporting 32 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China. Executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) said the 32 people were taken to China earlier yesterday aboard a plane sent by Beijing. Presidential Office spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) said President MaFULL STORY

President plans more troops on Itu Aba2016-05-01

By Lo Tien-pin, Chiu Chun-fu and Aaron Tu

As tensions rise in the South China Sea, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) plans to send additional troops to reinforce the nation’s sole foothold in the Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands, 南沙群島), government officials said yesterday, adding that short-range anti-aircraft missiles could be positioned on the islandFULL STORY

Central bank reiterates NT plans, despite US list2016-05-01

The central bank yesterday reiterated its determination to stabilize the New Taiwan dollar and denied accusations from the US that it had intervened in foreign-exchange rates. The comments came after the US Department of the Treasury on Friday put Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan and GermanyFULL STORY

Tsai warns incoming Cabinet over ‘problems’2016-05-01

By Alison Hsiao

President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) warned incoming Cabinet members about problems they might encounter, calling for humility and discretion when commenting in public, as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) held a “new Cabinet consensus camp” yesterday. The two-day camp was for exchange and communication among future CabinetFULL STORY

Seven killed after building collapses amid Kenya rain2016-05-01

Seven people were killed and at least 121 injured in the collapse of a residential building in Nairobi during heavy rains, Kenyan officials said yesterday. The Kenya Red Cross said a search team pulled three children and an adult from the rubble of the six-story buildingFULL STORY

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