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Foundation angry over EACS brochures

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange has demanded an explanation from the European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS) over a page about the foundation being ripped from brochures at a recent event promoting Chinese study in Portugal, an executive said yesterday. Founded in 1975,FULL STORY

First lady to visit Japan

First lady Chow Mei-ching (周美青) is scheduled to visit Japan next month, a Presidential Office spokeswoman announced yesterday, after a previously planned visit was called off over a naming row involving the exhibition of a National Palace Museum collection in Tokyo. Chow will go toFULL STORY

UN says MH17’s downing may constitute war crime

The downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 may constitute a war crime, the UN said yesterday, as explosions and fighting blocked a new attempt by Dutch and Australian police to reach the crash site in insurgent-held east Ukraine. The unarmed international mission was forced to turn aroundFULL STORY

Israeli strikes on Gaza, rocket fire break lull in fighting

Israeli jets struck three sites in Gaza yesterday after a rocket was launched at Israel, the military said, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of a major Muslim holiday. The strikes followed an almost 12-hour pause in fighting and came asFULL STORY

Chinese police remove church’s cross amid crackdown in Zhejiang Province

Hundreds of police took down a church’s cross yesterday in a city known as “China’s Jerusalem” for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity. Evangelist Qu Linuo said he and aboutFULL STORY

Priorities for legislative session differ2014-07-28

By Chris Wang

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have different priorities in the extraordinary two-week legislative session that opens to today, with the KMT likely to focus on passing the review of Control Yuan nominees The review tops the 18-item agenda proposed byFULL STORY

China holds live military drills in E, S China Seas2014-07-28

China is holding military drills across the East and South China Seas that may further disrupt domestic air travel and add to tensions with neighbors over regional territorial disputes. China is to begin five days of drills in the East China Sea tomorrow, the Chinese MaritimeFULL STORY

Flight GE222’s black box data ‘to be made public’2014-07-28

By Shelley Shan

The Aviation Safety Council (ASC) is soon to unveil the factual details recorded in the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder — or “black boxes” — of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 that crashed on Wednesday night last week, the council said yesterday, adding thatFULL STORY

Philippine infant pushes population over 100m mark2014-07-28

A girl born early yesterday has officially pushed the population of the Philippines to 100 million, highlighting the challenge of providing for more people in the impoverished nation. The newborn, Jennalyn Sentino, was one of 100 babies born in state hospitals all over the archipelago whoFULL STORY

Hamas accepts a 24-hour holiday truce for Gaza2014-07-28

Hamas yesterday agreed to observe a 24-hour humanitarian truce after initially rejecting such an offer by Israel, as fighting resumed and the two sides wrangled over the terms of a lull that the international community hopes can be expanded into a more sustainable truce. Between theFULL STORY

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