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Veterans protest pension reform plans

By Chen Yu-fu and Jonathan Chin

Hundreds of veterans yesterday rallied outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei to protest proposed pension cuts, vowing to stage daily marches for the next three months if the government does not abandon its plans. An estimated 1,500 people participated in the demonstration, called “Marching forFULL STORY

‘High-risk’ one-day tours taken off the market

By Shelley Shan

Tour operators must immediately stop offering one-day tours departing from Taipei or Kaohsiung to Chiayi’s Alishan (阿里山), Nantou County’s Cingjing Farm (清境農場), Taichung’s Wuling Farm (武陵農場), Hsinchu County’s Smangus Village (司馬庫斯), Pingtung County’s Kenting (墾丁) and Hualien, the Tourism Bureau said yesterday. The tours are deemedFULL STORY

Avian flu mutation detected: CDC

By Lee I-chia

In the nation’s first case of H7N9 avian influenza, diagnosed in a 69-year-old Taiwanese man who returned from China with flu symptoms late last month, the virus has developed mutation and a resistance to antiviral drugs, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said. An examination ofFULL STORY

Trump picks McMaster as national security adviser

US President Donald Trump has tapped US Army Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster, a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker, as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn. Trump announced the pick on Monday at his Palm Beach, Florida, club andFULL STORY

ASEAN unsettled by China’s weapon systems: Manila

Southeast Asian nations see China’s installation of weapons systems in the South China Sea as “very unsettling” and have urged dialogue to stop an escalation of “recent developments,” the Philippines said yesterday. The region’s foreign ministers were unanimous in their concern over China’s militarization of itsFULL STORY

Tsai’s, Cabinet’s approval ratings rise2017-02-21

By Chen Wei-han

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and the Cabinet have regained some public approval, the latest poll by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation showed, with a bump of more than 7 percentage points. It is the first time that their approval ratings have gone up since the administrationFULL STORY

Tourism Bureau to vet one-day bus tour offers2017-02-21

By Shelley Shan

A list of 100 one-day bus tours that will require two drivers has been compiled and tour operators must follow this requirement if they offer any of the trips during the 228 Memorial Day long weekend that begins on Saturday, the Tourism Bureau announced yesterday.FULL STORY

Firms upbeat on Taiwan: AmCham2017-02-21

By Crystal Hsu

US companies in Taiwan are slightly more confident about their financial prospects this year as the economy improves and the government heeds calls for regulatory reform, a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (AmCham) showed yesterday. The poll showed that 56.1 percent ofFULL STORY

Donald Tsang in custody ahead of sentencing in HK2017-02-21

Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang (曾蔭權), the highest-ranking ex-official to be charged in the territory’s history, was remanded in custody yesterday ahead of his sentencing later this week for misconduct in public office. A nine-person jury earlier found that Tsang failed to disclose privateFULL STORY

‘We’re not here for your oil,’ Mattis says on trip to Iraq2017-02-21

The US military is not in Iraq “to seize anybody’s oil,” US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said yesterday, distancing himself from remarks by US President Donald Trump at the start of a visit to Iraq. Mattis, on his first trip to Iraq as Pentagon chief,FULL STORY

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