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Torrential rain, strong winds forecast

By Shelley Shan

Torrential rain and strong winds are forecast nationwide today after Typhoon Matmo’s expected landfall on the nation’s east coast early this morning. By 7:30pm yesterday, the center of the typhoon was 220km southeast of Hualien and moving northwest at 18kph, while the radius had expandedFULL STORY

New parties demonstrate China’s reach: academics

By Chung Li-hua and Jason Pan

Academics warn that the rapid growth in the registration of pro-China political parties seen over in the past six years is a sign that the Chinese government is trying to infiltrate Taiwan in an effort to influence the outcome of upcoming elections. Taiwan Thinktank councilor TungFULL STORY

Report on KMT’s assets puts focus on Ma

By Alison Hsiao

Control Yuan member Huang Huang-hsiung (黃煌雄) yesterday publicized the findings of his investigation into the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) party assets that spanned 14 years and six months, calling the KMT assets “the Ring” — alluding to an object with strong, alluring powers that isFULL STORY

Flight MH17 bodies reach Ukraine base

A train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 arrived at a Ukrainian government base yesterday on the first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by their families. Five refrigerated rail cars containing 200 body bagsFULL STORY

No Gaza ceasefire in sight, while UN warns over children

Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip yesterday, saying that no ceasefire was near as top US and UN diplomats pursued talks on halting fighting that has claimed more than 500 lives. US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Egypt with Egyptian Foreign MinisterFULL STORY

Death demanded in stabbing case2014-07-22

The New Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday said it would seek the death penalty for a university student accused of killing four people and wounding nearly two dozen others in a stabbing spree on the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit system in May. Cheng Chieh (鄭捷),FULL STORY

CWB monitors Typhoon Matmo’s approach2014-07-22

By Shelley Shan

People living in regions north of Hualien and Greater Taichung should be prepared for strong winds and heavy rainfall tonight and tomorrow as Typhoon Matmo approaches the nation, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday. The bureau issued the sea alert for the typhoon yesterday afternoon.FULL STORY

Security Council to vote on access to downed plane2014-07-22

The UN Security Council was scheduled to vote yesterday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a ceasefire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his country wouldFULL STORY

Ban, Kerry head to Cairo as Gaza death toll grows2014-07-22

The head of the UN and the US secretary of state headed to Cairo yesterday for the highest-level attempt yet to end two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting that has killed at least 510 Palestinians and 20 Israelis, and driven tens of thousands of Gaza residentsFULL STORY

Control Yuan head says ex-education minister should be given his job back2014-07-22

By Peng Hsien-chun and Jake Chung

Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien yesterday spoke in support of former minister of education Chiang Wei-ling (蔣偉寧) getting his job back, calling for Chiang to be renominated as minister to “serve justice.” Wang made the call at the Presidential Office’s monthly meeting, which is attended byFULL STORY

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