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Tainan mayor ends city council boycott

By Stacy Hsu

After a nearly eight-month-long boycott, Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) yesterday delivered a policy address at the Tainan City Council as the city grapples with an outbreak of dengue fever that has infected more than 2,500 people and killed four this year. In an unexpected move,FULL STORY

Hundreds die as migrants head to Europe

Libya yesterday recovered the bodies of 82 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe, while Austria said 71 refugees, including a baby girl, had been found dead in the back of an abandoned freezer truck. Three people were arrested inFULL STORY

Stage lights caused park fire: report

By Jason Pan

The fire that turned a June 27 concert at the Formosa Fun Coast (八仙海岸) water park into the nation’s deadliest amusement park disaster was caused by colored cornstarch being ignited by stage lights, an official report said this week. The cornstarch that had been sprayedFULL STORY

Siliconware fends off ASE bid with Hon Hai alliance

By Lisa Wang

Siliconware Precision Industries Co Ltd (SPIL, 矽品精密) yesterday agreed to sell a 21 percent stake to Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) via a share swap, as it sought to ward off a larger rival’s NT$35 billion (US$1.07 billion) hostile bid. The announcement came after SPIL,FULL STORY

Kim credits nuclear might, not talks, for S Korea deal

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that nuclear weapons — not negotiating skills — secured what he described as a “landmark” agreement this week with South Korea to end a dangerous military standoff. Chairing a meeting of the Central Military Commission, Kim credited the North withFULL STORY

Presidential Office warns on PRC events2015-08-28

By Stacy Hsu

The Presidential Office yesterday urged citizens to adhere to the principles of dignity and equality when visiting China, as former vice president Lien Chan’s (連戰) plans to attend events in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II have createdFULL STORY

Key economic indices decline2015-08-28

By Ted Chen

Rising concerns over the slowing global economy were reflected in the latest updates on tracking indicators by the government and academic bodies published yesterday. The Consumer Confidence Index (CCI), a monthly survey by National Central University, logged 86.15 this month, falling 3.43 points from 89.58FULL STORY

Summit hears appeals for quick action on migrant crisis2015-08-28

Serbia and Macedonia’s foreign ministers yesterday called for EU action on Europe’s migrant crisis at a summit of leaders from the western Balkans, attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Both have become major transit countries for tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach theFULL STORY

Apologies offered over controversial photo for EasyCard2015-08-28

By Kuo Yi

The Japanese agent and personal representative of Yui Hatano, a Japanese adult video actress, yesterday bowed at a Taipei news conference to apologize for providing a previously published photograph for Taipei EasyCard Corp (悠遊卡公司) to use in a series of special-edition cards. The company had invitedFULL STORY

Australian minister eyes closer security ties with US2015-08-28

Australia will seek to broaden and deepen its security ties with the US in the decades ahead as the rise of China and other Asia-Pacific powers risks fueling instability in the region, Australian Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews said yesterday. Foreshadowing a strategic defense white paperFULL STORY

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