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History of KMT land sale scrutinized

By Hsiao Ting-fang and Jake Chung

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) yesterday accused the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) of making NT$580 million (US$18.4 million at the current exchange rate) on the sale of land to the National Women’s League of the Republic of China in 1999. The league purchasedFULL STORY

Review calls for death penalty to be thrown out

By Jason Pan

International human rights experts yesterday presented a report recommending the abolition of capital punishment, work to relieve prison overcrowding, liberalizing policy over drug users and decriminalizing adultery. The report listed 78 observations or recommendations for government consideration, following four days of meetings in Taipei this weekFULL STORY

Telecom fraud suspects arrested

By Jason Pan

Authorities have arrested 23 people nationwide in raids targeting an alleged telecommunications fraud ring that preyed upon people in China, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said yesterday. The raids were conducted in Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, as well as Nantou and Pingtung counties, over theFULL STORY

‘Would-be-dictator’ Trump to fail: Soros

Billionaire George Soros on Thursday delivered a scathing assessment of US President Donald Trump, calling him a “would-be-dictator” who is “going to fail.” Ahead of Trump’s inauguration in Washington, Soros said the president was “gearing up for a trade war” that would have “a very farFULL STORY

Four dead after car driven into people in Australian city

A man deliberately drove into pedestrians, killing four and injuring more than 20, in the center of Australia’s second-largest city of Melbourne on Friday, police said yesterday, adding that the incident was not terrorism-related. Police eventually rammed the car and shot the 26-year-old driver in theFULL STORY

Details of pension proposal unveiled2017-01-20

By Stacy Hsu

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) yesterday unveiled details of the government’s draft pension reform plan, urging opponents to send representatives to a national affairs conference scheduled for Sunday. Speaking at an afternoon news conference at the Presidential Office, Chen said the draft was drawn up afterFULL STORY

Uber Taiwan to launch service using taxis2017-01-20

By Shelley Shan

Uber Taiwan yesterday announced plans to launch a new service called UberTAXI next month by working with local taxi operators. However, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said the company would remain an illegal service provider and would be ordered to cease operations if it continuesFULL STORY

Legislature passes budget2017-01-20

The legislature yesterday passed the government’s general budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, after cutting it to NT$1.97 trillion (US$62.3 billion). During the two-week extraordinary session, opposition lawmakers put forward about 500 proposals for budget cuts, but the number was reduced to 63 during cross-caucus negotiationsFULL STORY

African troops gather as Gambia situation unfolds2017-01-20

Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow was to take power yesterday, capping weeks of tension over President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to quit, which has seen Senegalese and Nigerian troops massing at the border, and tourists racing to leave. The UN Security Council was to vote on a SenegaleseFULL STORY

Seoul court denies arrest request for Samsung’s Lee2017-01-20

A Seoul court yesterday denied a request to arrest one of South Korea’s most powerful men, the heir to Samsung Electronics Co, in a setback to prosecutors investigating an influence-peddling scandal that toppled South Korea’s president. The Seoul Central District Court said that a judge concludedFULL STORY

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