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Tainan ends search for quake victims

By Lee I-chia

Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) at 4:20pm yesterday announced that the search-and-rescue operation at the Weiguan Jinlong complex in Tainan, which collapsed in an earthquake on Feb. 6, has come to an end, after the body of the last missing resident was found. According to CentralFULL STORY

Cabinet to hold meeting on reconstruction efforts

Reconstruction work following the damage caused by the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck southern Taiwan last week is to begin soon, with the Executive Yuan scheduled to hold a meeting today to discuss resources that can be allocated for the work and the regulations toFULL STORY

Zhongxiao W reopens as demolition finishes early

By Tseng Ying-yung

Taipei’s Zhongxiao W Road was reopened to traffic yesterday morning after work to tear down an overpass to the Zhongxiao Bridge (忠孝橋) was completed ahead of schedule. However, authorities advised commuters to depart at least 20 minutes earlier or to use public transportation if they areFULL STORY

South Korea, US to discuss deployment of THAAD: officials

South Korea and the US are expected to begin talks next week on the possible deployment of an advanced US missile defense system following North Korea’s recent rocket launch, officials said on Friday, as Seoul cut power to a factory park run jointly with theFULL STORY

Pope Francis to address migrants and drug violence in five-day Mexico visit

From the US border to the indigenous south, Pope Francis is to visit some of the poorest and most violent corners of Mexico on his five-day trip and was yesterday to celebrate Mass before an image of the country’s patroness, the Virgin of Guadalupe. Chronic violenceFULL STORY

Search effort turns to underground areas2016-02-13

By Abraham Gerber

Search-and-rescue teams yesterday finished clearing away most of the above-ground levels of the collapsed Weiguan Jinlong complex in Tainan, as the number of bodies discovered amid the rubble rose rapidly. At press time last night, 31 bodies were found overnight on Thurday and yesterday, bringing theFULL STORY

Prosecutors search developer’s residence; assets frozen2016-02-13

By Huang Wen-huang and Jake Chung

Prosecutors from the Tainan District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday searched the residence of property developer Lin Ming-hui (林明輝) as part of an ongoing investigation into the collapse of the Weiguan Jinlong complex on Saturday last week, while the Tainan District Court approved a request to freezeFULL STORY

Diplomats seek temporary truce for Syria in a week2016-02-13

Diplomats yesterday agreed to work toward a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting ceasefire fell short. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise between the US, which had wanted an immediate ceasefire,FULL STORY

US congressional subcommittee hears concerns about arms sales to Taiwan2016-02-13

By William Lowther

The current process for considering and approving arms sales to Taiwan is not functioning well, the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific heard on Thursday from experts on East Asia. “Long delays in consulting with and notifying Congress and refusals to acceptFULL STORY

UK says bookseller was ‘involuntarily removed’ to China2016-02-13

Britain yesterday said that a Hong Kong bookseller believed detained by China was “involuntarily removed to the mainland,” in its strongest comments yet on a case that has rocked the territory amid fears its promised freedoms are being eroded. The disappearance of Lee Bo (李波),FULL STORY

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