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Ma orders action on food safety office

By Wang Yu-chung and Jake Chung

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday presided over a second national security meeting concerning food safety issues, during which he instructed the Executive Yuan to have its new food safety office conclude personnel transfers and begin operations as soon as possible. The country has faced major cookingFULL STORY

No jail for ASE employees who polluted stream

By Jason Pan

The Kaohsiung District Court yesterday found four Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (ASE, 日月光半導體) employees guilty of releasing untreated industrial wastewater into an irrigation stream in Greater Kaohsiung. The director of ASE’s K7 plant in the municipality, Su Ping-shou (蘇炳碩); the plant’s wastewater department director, Tsai Chi-hsunFULL STORY

Abe loses two ministers to scandal

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suffered a double setback yesterday with the resignations of two female Cabinet ministers over claims they misused political funds, dealing a blow to his proclaimed gender reform drive. Japanese Minister of Industry Yuko Obuchi and Japanese Minister of Justice Midori MatsushimaFULL STORY

Turkey helps ‘peshmerga’ into Kobane to fight IS

Turkey yesterday said it was assisting Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga to cross its border and join the battle against extremists for the Syrian town of Kobane, in a major shift by Ankara, which until now had blocked Kurdish fighters. Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu saidFULL STORY

At least 22 people reportedly killed in attack in Xinjiang

An attack on a farmers’ market in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang has reportedly left at least 22 people dead and dozens injured, Radio Free Asia, the news service financed by the US government, has reported. Radio Free Asia on Saturday reported that the rampage,FULL STORY

Firm sent tonnes of unfit oil to Taiwan2014-10-20

Vietnam-based Dai Hanh Phuc Co exported 43,000 tonnes of animal feed-grade oil to Taiwan over the past three years, the trading company’s manager said on Saturday, opening up the possibility that more domestic firms are involved in the latest cooking oil scare than previously thought. TheFULL STORY

FDA clears Namchow oil products to re-enter market2014-10-20

Oils produced by Namchow Group (南僑集團), one of the nation’s largest food manufacturers, have passed safety inspections and the company has been given permission to resume selling them, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday. After undergoing quality control examinations, 123 of Namchow’s beefFULL STORY

Catholic bishops revoke welcome to gays, divorce2014-10-20

Pope Francis yesterday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding a remarkable meeting of bishops that discussed family issues and drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council that Paul oversaw and implemented. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was on hand for the Mass, which tookFULL STORY

HK protesters slam ‘police brutality’ as clashes flare2014-10-20

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters accused police of using excessive force against them after violent clashes yesterday, as a senior politician said weeks of rallies have reached a “critical moment.” Dozens of police equipped with riot gear pushed into a crowd of angry demonstrators in the MongFULL STORY

CPC, Formosa set steepest fuel price cuts since last year2014-10-20

By Lisa Wang

State-run oil refiner CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 中油) yesterday announced that it would slash gasoline and diesel prices by NT$0.90 and NT$1 per liter respectively, bringing the price of 92 unleaded gasoline down to an almost four-year low. The price cuts are the biggest CPC hasFULL STORY

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