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Government evasive on Dole payments

By Lu Yi-hsuan and Jake Chung

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday downplayed reports that the government paid US$140,000 to a consultancy affiliated with former US senator Bob Dole, allegedly in exchange for his efforts to help establish high-level contact between Taiwanese officials and US president-elect Donald Trump’s staff that culminatedFULL STORY

Amendment raises fines for illegal taxi operators

By Shelley Shan

Illegal taxi service operators could soon be fined up to NT$25 million (US$783,650) for breaches of the Highway Act (公路法) after an amendment to the law secured preliminary approval from the legislature’s Transportation Committee yesterday. The amendment was proposed to address controversies caused by US-based ride-hailingFULL STORY

Indonesia begins rescue work after quake kills scores

A strong earthquake early yesterday rocked the Indonesian special region of Aceh, killing nearly 100 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings. Major General Tatang Sulaiman, chief of the Indonesian Army in Aceh, said at leastFULL STORY

President Tsai reiterates her support for ‘balanced’ labor law amendments

By Chen Wei-han

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday reaffirmed a set of controversial amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) that the legislature passed on Tuesday, calling it the most balanced labor legislation so far. “Although there is dissatisfaction with the legislation passed yesterday [Tuesday], I believe itFULL STORY

China calls rumored US envoy to Beijing Branstad ‘old friend’

China yesterday said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was an “old friend,” following a report that he had accepted US president-elect Donald Trump’s offer to become the next US ambassador to China. Trump offered the post to Branstad, a long-time friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平),FULL STORY

Legislature passes amendments2016-12-07

By Chen Wei-han

The legislature yesterday passed a set of controversial amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法), which would cancel seven national holidays and implement one “flexible rest day” as a supporting measure to the 40-hour workweek policy, ending a months-long legislative struggle. The amendments stipulate thatFULL STORY

Holiday measure will cost NT$18bn: business leaders2016-12-07

By Crystal Hsu and Lisa Wang

Industry leaders yesterday voiced strong objections to a bill introduced by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to settle a dispute on a proposed reduction in the number of national holidays, saying it would create significant additional personnel costs for firms in multiple sectors. “We firmly opposeFULL STORY

Tsai-Trump call ‘a start’ to productive ties: Yates2016-12-07

By Stacy Hsu

A former US official visiting Taiwan yesterday denied that he played a role in facilitating a historic telephone call between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and US president-elect Donald Trump, but lauded it as a good start to a productive relationship between Taipei and Washington. StephenFULL STORY

China urges US to block Tsai transit2016-12-07

China yesterday called on the US not to let President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) transit there when she visits Guatemala next month, days after US president-elect Donald Trump irked Beijing by speaking to Tsai in a break with decades of precedent. Her call with Trump on FridayFULL STORY

Surrendered KMT firms will not be state-run: Cabinet2016-12-07

By Lo Tien-bin

Central Investment Co (中央投資公司) and its spinoff Hsinyutai Co (欣裕台) — two holding companies that the Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee last month identified as affiliates of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) — would not be run as state-run firms after the KMT hands themFULL STORY

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