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China rejects Taipei’s defiance on law

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

Taipei’s protest against the inclusion of Taiwan in China’s pending National Security Law was expressed via Mainland Affairs Council Minister Andrew Hsia (夏立言), but was rejected by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) at their first meeting in Kinmen yesterday. Hsia told a post-meetingFULL STORY

Anti-China demonstrators attacked by black-clad men

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

Four young people protesting against China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) in Kinmen were injured when they were attacked by black-clad men who had gathered to welcome his arrival, Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Department of Youth Affairs director Chang Chao-lin (張兆林) said yesterday. AnFULL STORY

Taiwan’s Chan, Chuang triumph

By Dave Carroll

Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) and Chuang Chia-jung (莊佳容) were triumphant on an unprecedented day for Taiwanese tennis yesterday, while Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳) lost out in a super tiebreak in the third final featuring a Taiwanese player. In the women’s doubles final at the Nurnberger Versicherungscup in Germany,FULL STORY

Irish voters back gay marriage in historic vote

Irish voters backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said yesterday. Final results were not expected until later in the day, but ministers predicted Ireland had becomeFULL STORY

Three-hour gunfight kills 43 in Mexico

Mexican federal forces killed at least 42 suspected cartel members on Friday during a three-hour gunfight on a ranch in a violence-torn western region, marking one of the drug war’s bloodiest battles. Only one federal police officer was killed in the operation, which authorities launched afterFULL STORY

Dome allowed to resume limited work2015-05-23

By Abraham Gerber

The Taipei City Government announced a partial resumption of work on the foundations of the Taipei Dome yesterday, following talks between city government officials and the architects. After a two-hour meeting, Taipei Department of Urban Development Commissioner Lin Jou-min (林洲民) said that a consensus had beenFULL STORY

Government trims GDP forecast to 3.28 percent2015-05-23

By Crystal Hsu

The government yesterday cut its growth forecast for this year to 3.28 percent from the 3.78 percent it projected in February, due to a weaker global economy, which does not bode well for exports. The Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said the downward revisionFULL STORY

Taiwan’s Lu, Chan and Chuang eyeing tennis titles2015-05-23

By Dave Carroll

Three Taiwanese are to feature in ATP Tour and WTA Tour finals today on an unprecedented day for the nation’s tennis players. On Thursday, Taiwanese No. 1 Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳) and Raven Klaasen of South Africa advanced to the men’s doubles final at the Geneva OpenFULL STORY

US warns it could test China over island claims2015-05-23

US surveillance aircraft and naval ships have yet to test China’s territorial claims around artificial islands built in the South China Sea, but the Pentagon on Thursday warned that could be “the next step.” Although the US does not recognize China’s claims of sovereignty around theFULL STORY

Ex-chairman slams DPP for not yielding seats to ‘third force’2015-05-23

By Alison Hsiao

Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) yesterday slammed the party for “yielding only 13 electoral districts to the third political force, which is tantamount to declaring them dead.” Lin, who quit the DPP in 2006 and in April announced his support for theFULL STORY

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