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Taiwanese receives US ‘Hero’ award

Yilan Migrant Fishermen Union secretary-general Allison Lee (李麗華) on Tuesday was recognized at a US Department of State ceremony in Washington for upholding the rights of foreign fishermen. She was one of eight people awarded the department’s Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery Award, and isFULL STORY

Ma denies planning military exchange with China

Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday rejected a Chinese general’s claim that he had planned to conduct a military exchange with China, but that the plan was foiled by the US. Ma had proposed that Taiwan dispatch four military officials to China, and Beijing likewise sendFULL STORY

Ruling by High Court angers soldier’s family

By Jason Pan

The Taiwan High Court yesterday handed down not guilty rulings to Major General Shen Wei-chih (沈威志) and two other soldiers in a retrial of a case stemming from the death of army corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘) in 2013, disappointing and angering Hung’s family. Yesterday’s verdict isFULL STORY

Helicopter strafes court in ‘terrorist attack’: Maduro

A police helicopter fired on Venezuela’s Supreme Court and Ministry of the Interior in what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted terrorist attack aimed at ousting him from power. The confusing incident, which may ratchet up tensions in a nation already paralyzed by monthsFULL STORY

Cyberattack clogs up port systems, major networks

A cyberattack similar to WannaCry entered its second day yesterday, hitting businesses, port operators and government systems across the globe, with companies struggling to retake control of their networks. In Taiwan, the Executive Yuan’s Department of Cyber Security said that it has not received any reportsFULL STORY

Civil servants’ pension bill approved2017-06-28

By Sean Lin

The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed the Act Governing Civil Servants’ Retirement, Discharge and Pensions (公務人員退休資遣撫卹法), marking a significant step in the government’s pursuit of pension reform. The act, which is to take effect on July 1 next year, will lower the income replacement ratio for civilFULL STORY

Liu Xiaobo’s cancer beyond treatment, wife says2017-06-28

Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Liu Xiaobo’s (劉曉波) liver cancer cannot be treated with surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy, his wife said, as questions increased among his supporters over his treatment by the Chinese authorities. Liu, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for “inciting subversion ofFULL STORY

Lawmakers clash over teachers’ pension rules2017-06-28

By Sean Lin and Chen Wei-han

Lawmakers yesterday clashed as the legislative caucuses reviewed a draft bill on rules governing public-school teachers’ and school employees’ retirement and pension benefits. Pan-blue legislators continued to protest against the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) version of the bill, saying that the proposals would make teachers sufferFULL STORY

US to say China among worst on human trafficking2017-06-28

The US plans to place China on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labor, a US congressional source and a person familiar with the matter said, a step that could aggravate tension with Beijing that has eased under US PresidentFULL STORY

Foreign residents will not be charged for e-Gate: NIA2017-06-28

Foreign residents in Taiwan can still register for the e-Gate service for free, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said on Monday, after local media reported otherwise. The agency made the clarification after media reports said the Ministry of the Interior is drafting new regulations that wouldFULL STORY

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