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Tsai touts fresh direction for military

By Jason Pan

President Tsai Ing-wei (蔡英文), in her role as commander-in-chief, presided over the Han Kuang live-fire drills for the first time after assuming office in May. Tsai praised troops after watching displays of combat readiness in simulated battle exercises at the Renshou military base in Pingtung County. TheFULL STORY

Court upholds ruling to end work halt on Dome

By Sean Lin

The Supreme Administrative Court yesterday upheld a ruling by the Taipei High Administrative Court that said the Taipei City Government should lift a work suspension order on the Taipei Dome complex to allow project contractor Farglory Group (遠雄集團) to resolve public safety issues surrounding theFULL STORY

Buses clog Taipei road as drivers rally

By Shelley Shan

Traffic on the streets near the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in Taipei was held up for about three hours yesterday morning as hundreds of drivers protested regulations imposed after a deadly tour bus fire last month. Members of the New Taipei City Tour Bus Drivers’FULL STORY

Colombia announces peace deal with FARC

The Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels have reached a peace agreement to end their half-century war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives. After nearly four years of negotiations in Cuba, the two sides on Wednesday announced a final deal, whichFULL STORY

Attack on American University in Kabul leaves 12 dead

Twelve people, including seven students, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that sent hundreds of students fleeing in panic, police said yesterday, before the assault ended when two gunmen were shot dead. The attack began at about 6:30pm on Wednesday withFULL STORY

Members named for assets committee2016-08-25

By Yang Chun-hui and Jonathan Chin

Committee of Illegal Party Asset Settlement Chairman Wellington Koo (顧立雄) yesterday announced his picks for committee members, while confirming the appointment of Agency Against Corruption Deputy Director-General Hung Pai-ken (洪培根) as deputy chairman. Koo said he knows that the Ministry of Justice’s Prosecutors’ Personnel Review CommitteeFULL STORY

Magnitude 6 quake in Italy kills at least 732016-08-25

A devastating earthquake rocked central Italy early yesterday, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept. At least 73 people were killed in hard-hit towns, where rescue crews raced to dig survivors out of the rubble, with the toll rising as rescue crews reachedFULL STORY

Travel firm folds amid cross-strait slowdown2016-08-25

By Shelley Shan

A Taiwanese travel agency that specialized in arranging tours for Chinese travelers went bankrupt yesterday, the first bankruptcy in the travel industry since the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration took office on May 20. The Tourism Bureau said that A Plus International Travel Service Co (創世紀國際旅行社)FULL STORY

Chunghwa Post loses NT$700m after Mega tumble2016-08-25

By Shelley Shan

Chunghwa Post Co (中華郵政) yesterday said that it lost approximately NT$700 million (US$22.03 million) after Mega International Commercial Bank’s (兆豐銀行) stock price tumbled 6.3 percent on Monday following reports the bank was ordered to pay a huge fine for breaching US money-laundering laws. Chunghwa Post hasFULL STORY

N Korea test fires missile using sub in Japan’s direction2016-08-25

North Korea yesterday test-fired a submarine-launched missile 500km toward Japan, marking what weapons analysts called a clear step forward for its nuclear strike ambitions. The flight distance, which was tracked by South Korea’s military, far exceeded any previous sub-launched ballistics missile (SLBM) tests, suggesting significant progressFULL STORY

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