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Ministry to keep eye on Chinese flights

By Shelley Shan

Taiwan will closely monitor Chinese flights that are scheduled to start using a contentious new flight route on Thursday next week and may ask for military assistance to warn off planes entering Taipei’s flight information region (FIR), Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications Tseng Dar-jenFULL STORY

Authorities monitoring militant threat to Taipei

By Jason Pan and Shih Hsiu-chuan

The government and the military said they are the on alert following an apparent threat the Islamic State (IS) group made through a Twitter post, which featured an illustration of Taipei coming under attack, with the landmark Taipei 101 in flames and several other buildingsFULL STORY

Labor force to start shrinking next year: Mao

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

Taiwan’s working-age population is expected to decline by 180,000 next year, Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) said yesterday, underscoring the need for a policy overhaul to meet new challenges. “The seriousness of the demographic shrinking deserves serious attention,” Mao told a press conference after the weeklyFULL STORY

US-Israel spat intensifies ahead of Netanyahu speech

The US and Israel on Wednesday escalated their increasingly public spat over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the US Congress next week, as he accused world powers of rolling over to allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons. US Secretary of State John KerryFULL STORY

Researchers create ‘world first’ 3D-printed jet engines

Australian researchers yesterday said they have created two jet engines using 3D printing in what is described as a world first that has attracted the interest of major manufacturers and engineering firms. The machines — produced using the template of a gas turbine engine from FrenchFULL STORY

Wang to retain KMT membership: Chu2015-02-26

By Chen Wei-han

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday announced that it would not pursue its suit against Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) over his party membership, with KMT Chairman and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) affirming Wang’s KMT membership. “Wang is undoubtedly our comrade inFULL STORY

Taiwan composer Tyzen Hsiao loses cancer battle2015-02-26

By Yang Yuan-tingand Jake Chung

Prominent Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao (蕭泰然) passed away at his residence in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday morning at the age of 77 from multiple organ failure after battling lung cancer for two years. Hsiao’s son, Joseph Hsiao (蕭傑仁), yesterday confirmed the news on Facebook, saying:FULL STORY

Bomb blasts in Nigeria bus stations kill 272015-02-26

Two blasts rocked bus stations in embattled northern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people, as violence continues to rage less than five weeks ahead of general elections. The first bombing, which killed 17, ripped through a station on the outskirts of Potiskum in northeastFULL STORY

S Korea gunman shoots dead three, self in store attack2015-02-26

A gunman shot and killed three people yesterday in and around a South Korean convenience store that he then set on fire before fleeing, police said. He was later found dead with a gunshot wound to his head in an apparent suicide. A shotgun was foundFULL STORY

Officials dismiss reported Ma, Xi meeting agreement2015-02-26

By Loa Iok-sinand Jake Chung

Government officials yesterday dismissed a reported statement by former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) vice chairman Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) that a meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) had been arranged in 2013 to take place in August last year. Lai Chung-chiangFULL STORY

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