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Legislature approves judicial nominees

By Alison Hsiao

The Legislative Yuan yesterday approved the nominees for Judicial Yuan president, vice president and five grand justices, despite an attempt by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers to block the candidates for president and three grand justices. While Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers arrived and gathered earlyFULL STORY

Demonstration against holiday cuts gets violent

By Chen Wei-han

Several protesters were hurt in skirmishes with police after some demonstrators stormed the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday during a rally in front of the government building to oppose an amendment to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) that would cut the number of national holidaysFULL STORY

KMT a democratic party: Alex Tsai

By Stacy Hsu

The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) cross-strait policy is not decided solely by any of the party’s former or incumbent spokespeople, KMT Central Policy Committee director Alex Tsai (蔡正元) said yesterday as he urged party members to put its new policy platform above anything else. Tsai’s remarksFULL STORY

Militant attack kills at least 59 police trainees in Pakistan

Militants wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police academy in the southwestern city of Quetta overnight, killing at least 59 people, mostly police cadets and recruits, and waging a ferocious gunbattle with troops that lasted into the early hours of yesterday. Pakistani officials feared the deathFULL STORY

Death toll from blast in northwest China rises to at least 14


The toll from a powerful explosion in China rose to 14 dead and 147 injured yesterday, state media said, as authorities censored discussion of the incident online. Monday’s blast in Xinmin, in the northern province of Shaanxi, tore through five prefabricated buildings, destroying or damaging 58FULL STORY

Tsai orders DPP caucus to draw up bill to include Chinese students in NHI2016-10-25

By Stacy Hsu

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday instructed the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus to draw up an amendment to the National Health Insurance Act (全民健康保險法) that would extend National Health Insurance (NHI) coverage to Chinese students, but ordered a halt to the provision of government-subsidized premiumsFULL STORY

Hung Hsiu-chu’s donation aimed at inspiring flood2016-10-25

By Stacy Hsu

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday paid a “special party fee” of NT$200,000 (US$6,313) amid the party’s paycheck conundrum, in an effort to encourage other KMT members to follow suit and help assuage the party’s financial difficulties. Accompanied by a number of top-rankingFULL STORY

Industrial output grows for second consecutive month2016-10-25

By Lauly Li

The nation’s industrial production posted annual growth of 5.02 percent last month, marking its second consecutive month of expansion, boosted by demand for Apple Inc’s iPhone 7 series, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said yesterday. The recovery might help industrial output swing back into positiveFULL STORY

Taiwan, HK separatists in collusion, China says2016-10-25

China yesterday said that “diehard” independence supporters in Taiwan and Hong Kong are seeking to link up to hatch separatist plots, but that they would never succeed. Dozens of pro-Beijing lawmakers walked out of Hong Kong’s legislature on Wednesday last week to prevent the swearing-in ofFULL STORY

France evacuating Calais ‘Jungle’2016-10-25

Lines of refugees and migrants with their lives in small bags waited calmly to get on buses in the French port city of Calais yesterday, the first day of the mass evacuation and destruction of the squalid camp they called home. French authorities were beginning aFULL STORY

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