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TAIEX hits 15-year high, then retreats

By Amy Su

The TAIEX hit the 10,000 mark briefly yesterday morning, its highest level in more than 15 years, as foreign investors extended their purchases of local shares. The benchmark index reached 10,002.58 in the morning, but retreated to close at 9,973.12, which was still 0.6 percent higherFULL STORY

One Ma-anshan reactor halted after fire at plant

By Lauly Li

One of the Ma-anshan Nuclear Power Plant’s two reactors was shut down yesterday after a fire late on Sunday night involving an auxiliary electrical transformer in a non-nuclear area of the Pingtung County plant, state-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) said. Taipower said the fire beganFULL STORY

Thousands flee Kathmandu as quake toll rises

Nepalese officials yesterday scrambled to get aid from the main airport to people left homeless and hungry by a devastating earthquake two days earlier, while thousands tired of waiting fled the capital, Kathmandu, for the surrounding plains. By afternoon, the death toll from Saturday’s magnitude 7.8FULL STORY

DPP says Eric Chu going to China on false declaration

By Loa Iok-sin and Lii Wen

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday questioned the legality of New Taipei City Mayor and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu’s (朱立倫) planned visit to China, because he has applied to go as a mayor, without mentioning his KMT post. The lawmakers said Chu’sFULL STORY

ASEAN edges toward criticizing China

Southeast Asian leaders yesterday edged closer to open criticism of China’s land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea at a regional summit, as the Philippines drew the ire of Beijing, which called its objections to the work “unreasonable.” The ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur, whichFULL STORY

Aftershocks spark terror across Nepal2015-04-27

Nepal’s international airport briefly shut down yesterday when a powerful aftershock hit the capital, Kathmandu, forcing airplanes to turn around mid-flight, officials and reports said. Indian budget airline SpiceJet said it was forced to recall its plane to New Delhi after the air traffic control centerFULL STORY

Public, private aid efforts begin after quake2015-04-27

By Sean Lin and Lii Wen

The government and the public yesterday joined forces to organize relief missions to search for survivors of the massive earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, with members of a rescue team from the Taipei City Government late on Saturday night having finalized the logistics toFULL STORY

Ex-premier Jiang loses Supreme Court appeal2015-04-27

By Chang Wen-chuan and Chen Wei-han

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed by former premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺), upholding a decision made by the Taiwan High Court in February asking the Taipei District Court to reconsider an attempted murder charge against Jiang over the government’s forced eviction of Sunflower movementFULL STORY

ASEAN avoids confronting Beijing2015-04-27

Beijing is poised to take “de facto control” of the South China Sea, the Philippines said yesterday, but its call for a robust regional response at a summit was shot down. Alongside Taiwan, ASEAN members Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei claim parts of the body ofFULL STORY

One dead, four missing as storm slams regatta: US2015-04-27

A storm capsized several sailboats and left four people missing, the US Coast Guard said, while a mayor said one death had been confirmed. More than 100 sailboats and as many as 200 people were participating in the Dauphin Island Regatta in the Gulf of MexicoFULL STORY

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