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Cheng Hsing-tse freed from death row

By Jason Pan

The Taichung Branch of the Taiwan High Court yesterday ruled that death-row inmate Cheng Hsing-tse (鄭性澤) should be released on bail pending a retrial on the charges that have seen him imprisoned for 14 years, including 10 on death row. The 49-year-old Cheng, who hasFULL STORY

Labor law to cover post-grad and resident doctors

By Lee I-chia

Minister of health and welfare-designate Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延) yesterday said the new administration would significantly simplify the hospital accreditation system for next year, and include post-graduate year and resident physicians under the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) by 2020. Attending a meeting at the Ministry of HealthFULL STORY

Women’s groups protest lack of women in Cabinet

By Chen Hui-ping and Jake Chung

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has not only failed to live up to the legacy of Peng Wan-ju (彭婉如), but the government under the nation’s first female president will feature a 40-member Cabinet with just four women, women’s rights groups said yesterday during a protestFULL STORY

Information security center act revoked

By Jake Chung

The Legislative Yuan yesterday abolished the Act for Establishing the National Information Safety Center (國家資通安全科技中心設置條例), saying that the center created by the act was unsustainable and that the law gives no clear parameters on the powers the center was given. The act concluded its third readingFULL STORY

Founder of China’s Baidu summoned over student death

Authorities have summoned the head of Baidu Inc (百度) after the death of a student who sought a cancer cure on the Chinese search giant, reports said yesterday, prompting a barrage of criticism for prioritizing paid search results. Wei Zexi (魏則西), 21, had already been diagnosedFULL STORY

Legislative committee demands US pork ban2016-05-03

By Lee I-chia

The legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee yesterday passed a motion demanding that the incoming Cabinet prohibit imports of US pork with ractopamine. At the center of the committee meeting’s discussion was the issue of US pork after agriculture minister-designate Tsao Chi-hung (曹啟鴻) earlier thisFULL STORY

Amendment on criminal civil servants enacted2016-05-03

By Hsiang Cheng-chen and Jonathan Chin

The Judicial Yuan yesterday announced that the amended Public Functionary Discipline Act (公務員懲戒法), hailed as the most important reform measure regarding government employees in 80 years, is to be enacted today. The amended legislation was ratified by the legislature in May last year to bar disgracedFULL STORY

MOFA ‘positive’ on Malaysian apology2016-05-03

By Stacy Hsu

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Javier Hou (侯清山) yesterday said the ministry takes a positive view of an apology issued by the Malaysian prime minister’s special envoy to east Asia Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing over his nation’s deportation of 32 Taiwanese fraud suspects toFULL STORY

Kerry hoping to extend truce to Syria’s Aleppo2016-05-03

US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday said talks were closer to extending a Syrian truce to Aleppo, the divided northern city where a sharp escalation of violence in recent weeks has torpedoed peace talks and left a ceasefire in tatters. Kerry was in Geneva forFULL STORY

After five years, CIA ‘live-tweets’ raid on bin Laden2016-05-03

The CIA has marked the anniversary of the killing of al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden by live-tweeting — with a five-year delay — the raid by US special forces on his compound in Pakistan. Using the hashtag #UBLRaid, the CIA blasted out updates of the MayFULL STORY

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