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Lien Chan’s China plans ‘inappropriate’: president

By Alison Hsiao

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday said that it is “not appropriate” for former vice president Lien Chan (連戰) to attend a military parade in China that is to be held to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Ma was on hisFULL STORY

Thousands rally in Malaysia calling for PM to resign

Tens of thousands of Malaysians wearing yellow T-shirts and blowing horns defiantly held a major rally in Kuala Lumpur yesterday to demand the resignation of embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. The crowds were undeterred by a heavy police presence after authorities declared the rallyFULL STORY

Poll finds Hung support declining

By Alison Hsiao

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday likened the struggle of her campaign to gain momentum to Republic of China (ROC) founding father Sun Yat-sen’s (孫逸仙) initial failures to overthrow the Qing Dynasty. According to a poll conducted by Taiwan Indicators Survey ResearchFULL STORY

Seven killed by toxic gas leak at China paper mill

Workers were overcome with toxic gas from a paper mill’s waste pool and seven of them died, Chinese officials said yesterday, in the latest deadly accident involving dangerous chemicals to hit China. A worker who was cleaning a pool filled with pulp paper waste fell inFULL STORY

EU ministers meet in Paris to address terror attack on train

European ministers gathered in Paris yesterday to discuss beefing up security on public transport following last week’s foiled attack on a high-speed train. Prosecutors have charged 25-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El Khazzani over the incident, in which he allegedly stepped out of a toilet cubicle in theFULL STORY

Tainan mayor ends city council boycott2015-08-29

By Stacy Hsu

After a nearly eight-month-long boycott, Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) yesterday delivered a policy address at the Tainan City Council as the city grapples with an outbreak of dengue fever that has infected more than 2,500 people and killed four this year. In an unexpected move,FULL STORY

Hundreds die as migrants head to Europe2015-08-29

Libya yesterday recovered the bodies of 82 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe, while Austria said 71 refugees, including a baby girl, had been found dead in the back of an abandoned freezer truck. Three people were arrested inFULL STORY

Stage lights caused park fire: report2015-08-29

By Jason Pan

The fire that turned a June 27 concert at the Formosa Fun Coast (八仙海岸) water park into the nation’s deadliest amusement park disaster was caused by colored cornstarch being ignited by stage lights, an official report said this week. The cornstarch that had been sprayedFULL STORY

Siliconware fends off ASE bid with Hon Hai alliance2015-08-29

By Lisa Wang

Siliconware Precision Industries Co Ltd (SPIL, 矽品精密) yesterday agreed to sell a 21 percent stake to Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) via a share swap, as it sought to ward off a larger rival’s NT$35 billion (US$1.07 billion) hostile bid. The announcement came after SPIL,FULL STORY

Kim credits nuclear might, not talks, for S Korea deal2015-08-29

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that nuclear weapons — not negotiating skills — secured what he described as a “landmark” agreement this week with South Korea to end a dangerous military standoff. Chairing a meeting of the Central Military Commission, Kim credited the North withFULL STORY

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