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Navy holds live-fire drill on both coasts

By Jason Pan

The navy put on a show of combat readiness and live fire drills on the third day of the annual Han Kuang military exercises, in the biggest naval drill in 25 years. Twenty-one ships, marine patrol aircraft and F-16 and F-5 jets took part inFULL STORY

New questions over faces in Lien campaign video

By Alison Hsiao

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien’s (連勝文) campaign team yesterday rebutted accusations that the young people featured in its latest video had no idea that they were filming for a campaign advertisement, let alone one for Lien. The video has already sparked controversyFULL STORY

Ebola crisis ‘spiraling out of control’: Obama

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a global call to action to fight West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, warning the deadly outbreak was unprecedented and “spiraling out of control,” threatening hundreds of thousands of people. Speaking as he unveiled a major new US initiative which willFULL STORY

Iraqi PM rules out use of foreign troops

Iraq’s new prime minister says foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country’s fight against the Islamic State (IS) group. In an interview with The Associated Press, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi also urged the international community to expand the campaign against theFULL STORY

Oversight of food to be tightened up

By Jake Chung

The government yesterday announced eight measures to increase oversight on food, including increases in fines and sentences for people convicted of adulterating foodstuffs. Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) told a press conference that the government is increasing fines and rewards for informants, establishing a central government hotline,FULL STORY

Air force practices freeway landings2014-09-17

By Jason Pan

The air force’s main combat aircraft, including F16 and Mirage jets, practiced emergency takeoffs and landings on sections of a freeway in the south yesterday as part of the military’s annual Han Kuang series of exercises that began on Monday. An F-16 fighter jet, a MirageFULL STORY

Lawmakers attack Cabinet over food oil scandal2014-09-17

By Alison Hsiao

The current administration should be pulled off the shelves along with other tainted products, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃) said as Cabinet members came under a bipartisan barrage of questions and criticisms on the legislative floor yesterday. The Cabinet is led by theFULL STORY

US airstrikes targeting IS fighters around Baghdad2014-09-17

The US has bombed militants near Baghdad in support of Iraqi forces, striking close to the capital for the first time in its expanded campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants. However, in a sign of their growing strength, a monitoring group said the militants, previously knownFULL STORY

UN, WHO say US$1 billion needed now to fight Ebola, US pledges troops2014-09-17

Nearly US$1 billion is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the UN said yesterday, more than doubling the estimate it made less than a month ago. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told reporters in Geneva there was a “huge funding challenge,”FULL STORY

ROC not Scotland, independence vote not needed: Jiang2014-09-17

By Alison Hsiao

There is no need for the Republic of China (ROC), an independent country, to conduct an independence referendum, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday said in response to a lawmaker’s question about Scotland’s referendum. During a question-and-answer session in the legislature, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator ChiuFULL STORY

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