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Taiwan’s press freedom No. 1 in Asia

By Han Cheung

Taiwan moved up six places in this year’s World Press Freedom Index, released yesterday by Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), but don't start cheering just yet. The Paris-based watchdog organization said that the jump “does not reflect real improvements, but rather a global worsening of theFULL STORY

Forward-looking plan clears legislative committee

By Lauly Li

The Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program was yesterday passed by the legislature’s Economics Committee amid physical altercations between lawmakers. The bill — a NT$880 billion (US$29.19 billion) budget to support infrastructure projects across the nation — gained headway without any substantive review of its content during theFULL STORY

Rise in NT dollar expected to hurt life insurance firms

By Ted Chen

The New Taiwan dollar yesterday strengthened against the US dollar for the fifth consecutive session, gaining NT$0.001 to close at NT$30.151, a trend that could play havoc with local exporters and life insurance companies. The NT dollar rose by as much as NT$0.164 intraday, trading atFULL STORY

HK arrests disqualified lawmakers

AP, HONG KONG

Hong Kong police yesterday arrested two pro-independence lawmakers who were disqualified in a dispute over their oaths, in the latest round of legal action against people involved in the territory’s pro-democracy movement. Sixtus “Baggio” Leung (梁頌恆) and Yau Wai-ching (游蕙禎) of the Youngspiration party wereFULL STORY

US moves its THAAD anti-missile to South Korean site, sparking protests

Reuters, SEOUL

The US military yesterday started moving parts of its controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to a deployment site in South Korea amid high tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. The earlier-than-expected move prompted protests by hundreds of South Koreans andFULL STORY

Overpaid benefits to be recalled2017-04-26

By Chen Wei-han

An act to recover wrongfully paid government pensions was yesterday passed into law after a 10-year push, with former vice president Lien Chan (連戰) and prominent members of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to be asked to return some benefits. The legislature approved the ActFULL STORY

KMT slams passage of overpaid pension recovery bill2017-04-26

By Jonathan Chin

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) leaders yesterday slammed the legislature’s passage of a bill authorizing the government to recover pensions from retirees who added their years working for the KMT to public service seniority, adding they might contest the bill in the administrative courts. People who madeFULL STORY

Mass murder charges sought against Duterte2017-04-26

A Filipino lawyer on Monday asked the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands, to charge Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 other Philippine officials with mass murder and crimes against humanity in the killings of thousands of people over three decades. Lawyer Jude JosueFULL STORY

YouTuber sued over film copyright infringement2017-04-26

AmoGood (谷阿莫), a Taiwanese YouTuber known for his irreverent movie reviews, has found himself in a legal battle after being sued for copyright infringement. Video streaming platform KKTV Co and film company Autoai Design on Monday said that they are suing AmoGood for infringing onFULL STORY

N Korea marks military anniversary with drill2017-04-26

Nuclear-armed North Korea yesterday marked a military anniversary with a massive conventional firing drill, Seoul said, as a US guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea amid tensions over Pyongyang’s weapons ambitions. Speculation had mounted that the North could carry out a sixth nuclear test or anotherFULL STORY

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