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Ministry drops bid to cancel holidays

By Huang Pang-ping and Jonathan Chin

The Ministry of Labor will not continue pursuing its proposal to cancel seven national holidays and will not contest the legislature’s decision to return proposed amendments to a bill by submitting revisions to the amendments, Minister of Labor Kuo Fan-yu (郭芳煜) said yesterday. The legislature lastFULL STORY

Negotiations end in decision to abolish Red Cross Act

By Lee Hsin-fang, Chiu Yen-ling and Jake Chung

The first policy negotiations between the Executive Yuan and the Legislative Yuan on Monday night resulted in a decision to abolish the Red Cross Society Act of the Republic of China (中華民國紅十字會法), the Executive Yuan said. The New Power Party (NPP) and the Democratic Progressive PartyFULL STORY

Handshake at WHA at Geneva

By Jake Chung

Minister of Health and Welfare Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延), head of the Taiwanese delegation at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, yesterday shook hands with his Chinese counterpart Li Bin (李斌) of China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission. The handshake reportedly took place outside theFULL STORY

Obama chides Hanoi over rights after critics blocked

US President Barack Obama yesterday chided Vietnam on political freedoms after critics of the communist-run government were prevented from meeting him in Hanoi, a discordant note on a trip otherwise steeped in words of amity between the former foes. Tens of thousands turned out to welcomeFULL STORY

Greece starts moving refugees camped at border to government-run facilities

Greek police yesterday started moving some of the 8,000 migrants and refugees stranded in a makeshift camp on the sealed northern border with Macedonia to state-run facilities further south. Several busloads of people, most of them families with children, left the sprawling expanse of tents atFULL STORY

Cabinet drops charges against students2016-05-24

By Stacy Hsu and Abraham Gerber

The Executive Yuan yesterday announced it was dropping all charges against students who stormed its compound in Taipei in 2014 on the grounds that the filing of the lawsuits were prompted by political considerations in the first place. At a news conference yesterday morning, Executive YuanFULL STORY

Ko issues ultimatum to Farglory2016-05-24

By Lu Chang-chien, Kuo Chia-an and Jonathan Chin

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday issued an ultimatum to Farglory Group (遠雄集團), saying that it has three months to comply with the Taipei City Government’s terms for continuing work on the construction of the Taipei Dome, before he moves to dissolve the build-operate-transfer contractFULL STORY

IS blasts in Syria regime heartland kill at least 1202016-05-24

More than 120 people were killed yesterday in a wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group in northwestern Syria, the deadliest attacks yet in the regime’s coastal heartland. Seven near-simultaneous explosions targeted bus stations, hospitals and other civilian sites in the seaside citiesFULL STORY

Obama lifts arms embargo to Vietnam2016-05-24

US President Barack Obama yesterday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner in a region that he has tried to place at the center of his foreign policy legacy. Obama announced theFULL STORY

Taiwan’s, China’s delegations at WHA yet to meet2016-05-24

An encounter between Taiwanese and Chinese delegations at the World Health Assembly (WHA) had not taken place as of at press time yesterday as Minister of Health and Welfare Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延), who is heading the Taiwanese delegation, entered the Palace of Nations in GenevaFULL STORY

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