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‘Criminal gang’ definition amended

By Sean Lin

Lawmakers yesterday passed an amendment to the Organized Crime Prevention Act (組織犯罪防制條例) which broadens the definition of criminal organizations, making it applicable when charging members of political parties that are controlled by criminal gangs or known to threaten public safety. The act formerly defined criminal organizationsFULL STORY

US FCC votes along party lines to end ‘net neutrality’

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday repealed former US president Barack Obama’s “net neutrality” rules, giving Internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block Web sites and apps as they see fit or charge more forFULL STORY

No fireworks for Taichung New Year’s Eve: mayor

Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) yesterday announced that the city would not hold a New Year’s Eve fireworks show, in an effort to reduce air pollution. Many Taichung residents have said they hope the city could celebrate the new year without fireworks, Taichung City Government spokesmanFULL STORY

Taoyuan mayor polled nation’s most ‘well-liked’

By Stacy Hsu

Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) has edged out Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) to become the most well-liked mayor in the nation’s six special municipalities, while Taichung has again been rated the most livable city, a survey released by Trend Survey and Research Co saidFULL STORY

Australian probe into child abuse questions celibacy

An Australian inquiry into child abuse yesterday recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional. The Australian Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual AbuseFULL STORY

Migrant workers believed killed in fire2017-12-15

By Jake Chung

A fire broke out early yesterday at a solar window film factory in Taoyuan’s Lujhu District (蘆竹), killing six people believed to be Vietnamese migrant workers employed at the facility, the Taoyuan Fire Department said. The blaze started at about 2am in a staircase leadingFULL STORY

Poet Yu Kwang-chung, 90, dies in Kaohsiung2017-12-15

By Huang Hsu-lei and Jonathan Chin

Noted poet and essayist Yu Kwang-chung (余光中) yesterday died from complications from pneumonia at age 90, Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-ho Memorial Hospital said. Yu was hospitalized last week after a suspected mini-stroke, before being transferred to the intensive care unit because of pneumonia, the hospital said,FULL STORY

Former vice president Annette Lu to propose Taiwan neutrality referendum2017-12-15

By Lu Yi-hsuan and Jake Chung

The Peace and Neutrality for Taiwan Alliance, led by former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), yesterday stated its intention to hold a referendum for a neutral Taiwan in tandem with local elections next year, urging President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to sign and promulgate the amendedFULL STORY

An estimated 6,700 Rohingya killed in August, MSF says2017-12-15

At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of a Burmese army crackdown on rebels in Rakhine State that began in late August, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said yesterday. The figure is the highest estimated death toll yet of violence that erupted onFULL STORY

Human activity has influenced severe weather: scientists2017-12-15

Last year’s global heat record, extreme heat in Asia and unusually warm waters off the coast of Alaska happened purely because the planet is getting warmer due to human activities such as burning fossil fuels, a study said on Wednesday. The findings mark the first timeFULL STORY

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