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Committee rejects referendum proposal

By Loa Iok-sin and Sean Lin

The Executive Yuan’s Referendum Review Committee yesterday unanimously rejected a referendum proposal on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮), saying that the proposal failed to meet requirements as stipulated in the Referendum Act (公民投票法). “All 13 Referendum Review Committee membersFULL STORY

Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office to probe Chang case

By Chien Li-chung and Jake Chung

The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday reviewed data from the Ministry of Justice’s Bureau of Investigation (MJIB) concerning allegations that former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) has been acting as a spy. The prosecutors agreed to take charge of an investigationFULL STORY

Sunflower leaders urge US to drop ‘one China’ policy

By William Lowther

Leaders of Taiwan’s Sunflower movement, who are on a two-week tour of North America, have been urging the US government to drop its “one China” policy. The delegation, mostly students, have met with members of the US Congress, US Department of State officials, the American InstituteFULL STORY

Malaysian MH17 remains return

Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home yesterday to a country still searching for those on board another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of the twin tragedies. The bodies and ashesFULL STORY

Japanese landslide deaths could double, police say

The number of deaths from landslides in western Japan could more than double, a police tally showed yesterday, as fears of a fresh collapse temporarily halted the search for 47 people still missing. At least 40 people were killed and dozens of homes were destroyed whenFULL STORY

Chang says Ma has been ‘hijacked’2014-08-22

By Alison Hsiao

Former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) yesterday called on President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to “take care of himself” because Ma has been “hijacked” by a handful of people and deceived into believing allegations against him fabricated by those people. ChangFULL STORY

High Prosecutors’ Office refuses case2014-08-22

By Chang Wen-chuan and Jake Chung

The Taiwan High Prosecutors’ Office yesterday turned down a request to get involved in the investigation into former Mainland Affairs Council deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) on allegations of treason. The director of the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau, Chen Rong-fu (陳榮富), and three otherFULL STORY

Links between HK, Taiwanese activists bother Beijing2014-08-22

By William Lowther

Closer cooperation between anti-China activists in Hong Kong and Taiwan is causing “irritation, suspicion and perhaps a bit of paranoia” in Beijing, an article in Foreign Policy magazine’s online edition says. Pro-democracy activists in both places have concluded only recently that they are facing similarFULL STORY

Indonesia’s president condemns Foley killing2014-08-22

The president of the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, yesterday called the actions of Islamic State (IS) militants “embarrassing” to the religion and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the scale of the slaughter wrought by theFULL STORY

Japan considering building its own jet fighters: report2014-08-22

Japan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a US construction partnership, a report said yesterday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbors. Japan’s attempt in the 1980s to build its firstFULL STORY

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