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‘Taiwanese’ identity hits record level

By Tseng Wei-chen and Chen Wei-han

The number of people who refer to themselves as “Taiwanese,” as well as those who support Taiwanese independence, have hit historic highs, according to a survey by National Chengchi University. The university’s Election Study Center poll showed that 60.6 percent of respondents regard themselves as Taiwanese,FULL STORY

NT$7bn particle accelerator sees light in Hsinchu 

By Tang Chia-ling, Hung Mei-hsiu and Jake Chung

A ceremony yesterday marked the first official use of the nation’s newest and largest synchrotron, which researchers said in a trial run had set a world record for this type of particle accelerator. The complex — part of the Taiwan Photon Source project and built inFULL STORY

Japan condemns ‘outrageous’ hostage murder

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday branded the murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants as “outrageous and unforgivable,” and demanded the immediate release of a second captive, amid a tide of global revulsion. The apparent beheading of self-employed security contractor Haruna Yukawa wasFULL STORY

Protester killed on anniversary of Egyptian uprising

A protester was killed in Egypt and a bomb wounded two policemen yesterday, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, security sources said. The anniversary is a test of whether extremist and liberal Muslim groups who have faced a toughFULL STORY

Greece heads to voting booths with EU watching closely

Greece went to the polls yesterday in a crucial general election closely watched by the rest of the continent. The SYRIZA party — which wants to renegotiate Greece’s 240 billion euro (US$269 billion) bailout deal — at press time last night led the conservative New DemocracyFULL STORY

Ximending slayings suspect arrested2015-01-25

By Jake Chung

The top suspect in a Jan. 13 double slaying in Taipei’s Ximending (西門町) area was arrested along with several other people yesterday in Taoyuan by Taipei police. Officials said they tracked Chen Fu-hsiang (陳福祥) using the signal from his smartphone, which they said he used toFULL STORY

Ko challenges woman after Falun Gong incident2015-01-25

By Alison Hsiao

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday dared a member of the pro-unification Concentric Patriotism Association to “try that again and see what happens,” after seeing a video apparently showing the woman kicking at a police officer outside the Taipei 101 building. The video clip, posted onFULL STORY

‘Lion’ filmmaker says sorry to Sediq2015-01-25

By Lii Wen

Following criticism from Aboriginal rights activists, comedian Peng Chia-chia (澎恰恰) formally apologized over a movie trailer accused of being derogatory toward the Sediq people and promised to axe a controversial section from the film. Although Peng apologized last month on Facebook, a series of seemingly belligerentFULL STORY

Rebels reject Ukraine truce as rockets hit2015-01-25

At least 15 people died yesterday when rockets hit a market in a vital port linking Ukrainian rebel-held territory with Russian-occupied Crimea after the pro-Moscow insurgents vowed to grab more land. The Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior said that 46 people were wounded in the cityFULL STORY

Thousands protest in Asia against ‘Charlie Hebdo’2015-01-25

Tens of thousands of people across Afghanistan, Pakistan and Muslim-majority Indian Kashmir took to the streets on Friday for southern Asia’s biggest protests yet against satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed. Up to 20,000 demonstrators in the western Afghan city of HeratFULL STORY

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