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Protesters under 18 may avoid charges

By Abraham Gerber

Charges will probably not be pressed against high-school students who entered the Ministry of Education building on Thursday last week, Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) said yesterday. “For students who are still in high school, we hope not to press charges, while students older thanFULL STORY

Curriculum academic sparks fury

By Tseng Wei-chen

Netizens yesterday accused the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) of using education as a propaganda tool for the promotion of its “one country, two areas” (一國兩區) formula, reacting to an article published by a news Web site in China featuring the convener of the Ministry ofFULL STORY

Students launch new movement

By Alison Hsiao

Students opposed to controversial curriculum changes have launched a movement “within the establishment” to complement their activism, collecting legislators’ and legislative candidates’ signatures for a project that calls for not only the withdrawal of the adjusted curriculum, but also the codification of the curriculum adjustmentFULL STORY

China talks of ‘extremely severe’ border security risks

China’s military yesterday warned of growing risks along its borders, including in the disputed waters of the South and East China seas. The Chinese military, the world’s largest, has embarked upon an ambitious modernization program in recent years. That, along with rising defense spending, has jangled nervesFULL STORY

Delegates unable to achieve TPP deal at Hawaii negotiations

Delegates negotiating a vast Pacific free-trade agreement failed to reach a final deal on Friday after several days of intense talks in Hawaii in a setback for US President Barack Obama. However, US Trade Representative Michael Froman, in a statement on behalf of the 12 countriesFULL STORY

Wu, students end talks on sour note2015-08-01

By Abraham Gerber

Talks between student activists and Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) broke down yesterday, after Wu refused to agree to withdraw controversial adjustments to high-school curriculum guidelines and step down. “We never would have guessed that there would be a minister of education who cannot evenFULL STORY

Taipei tells police to take ‘soft stance’ on students2015-08-01

By Alison Hsiao

The Taipei City Government has directed police to take a “soft stance” when facing protesting students, who vaulted the barricades set up around the Ministry of Education early yesterday morning, resulting in a standoff between police stationed around the main building and the protesting students,FULL STORY

Court throws out appeal to halt curriculum changes2015-08-01

By Alison Hsiao and Loa Iok-sin

The High Administrative Court yesterday rejected an appeal for an injunction to prevent the Ministry of Education from going ahead with its adjustments to high-school curriculum guidelines that are set to take effect today. The court said that the complaints cited in the appeal should beFULL STORY

Economy grew by a lackluster 0.64% last quarter2015-08-01

By Crystal Hsu

The economy grew a tepid 0.64 percent last quarter, the slowest in 12 quarters and much weaker than the government’s estimate in May of 3.05 percent, as a downturn in the global electronics cycle and crude prices hurt exports, the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting andFULL STORY

Palestinian child killed in arson attack2015-08-01

Suspected Jewish assailants early yesterday attacked a Palestinian village in the West Bank and torched two homes, hurling fire bombs inside and setting off a blaze that killed a toddler and critically wounded his four-year-old brother and parents. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the incidentFULL STORY

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