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NT$880bn budgeted for infrastructure

By Lee Hsin-fang and Shelley Shan

The Cabinet has finalized plans to submit a special eight-year budget request of NT$880 billion (US$28.86 billion) to the legislature for the “Forward-looking Infrastructure Construction Project,” Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said yesterday. The government hopes to attract NT$1.7 trillion in public and private-sector investment for theFULL STORY

Islamic State claims deadly London assault

The Islamic State group yesterday claimed responsibility for the deadly assault at the Houses of Parliament in London, as British Prime Minister Theresa May identified the attacker as a British-born man known to intelligence services. “An act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy,” May toldFULL STORY

Taipei lifts urban renewal restriction

By Sean Lin

The Taipei City Government on Wednesday lifted a restriction on private urban renewal projects, allowing it to tear down homes on behalf of construction firms even if 10 percent or more homeowners involved are opposed to a project. Taipei Deputy Mayor Charles Lin (林欽榮) made theFULL STORY

Some immigrants no longer need to give up citizenship

By Chen Yu-fu and Jonathan Chin

The regulation concerning the criteria for foreigners with professional skills to obtain Republic of China citizenship, without being required to renounce their original citizenship, is to be promulgated today, the Ministry of the Interior announced. The ministry is to promulgate today the regulation, which is inFULL STORY

Envoy to US attends anti-IS meeting

Representative to the US Stanley Kao (高碩泰) on Wednesday attended a meeting of a US-led coalition to counter the Islamic State (IS) group in Washington. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson presided over the meeting of the Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS (IslamicFULL STORY

Review of supervisory articles stalled2017-03-23

By Abraham Gerber

An initial review of supervisory articles to govern negotiations with China stalled in the Legislative Yuan yesterday, as lawmakers clashed over procedural questions. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator William Tseng (曾銘宗), a coconvener of the Internal Administration Committee, adjourned the meeting after Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)FULL STORY

Activists back joint committee review2017-03-23

By Abraham Gerber

Activists yesterday welcomed proposals to transfer the review of supervisory articles governing negotiations with China to a joint legislative committee, calling for amendments and hastening the review process. “This is an important bill which does not just address internal administrative questions,” said Economic Democracy Union convenerFULL STORY

Rights advocate missing in China: family, friends2017-03-23

By Lin Liang-sheng and Su Fang-ho

A former Democratic Progressive Party staffer and human rights advocate is missing after traveling to China on Sunday, sparking concern among family and friends that he might have been kidnapped by the Chinese authorities following Taiwan’s crackdown on Chinese spies. Lee Ming-che (李明哲),FULL STORY

Britain joins US in banning large electronic devices2017-03-23

Britain on Tuesday joined the US in announcing bans on laptops and tablet computers from the cabin on flights from several Middle East and North African nations. Canadian and French officials are considering whether to impose similar measures, but Germany, Australia and New Zealand said theyFULL STORY

US, South Korea say North Korea’s latest missile launch ends in failure2017-03-23

North Korea’s latest missile launch yesterday ended in failure, while the US sent a supersonic bomber streaking over South Korea in a show of force against the North, officials said. The reported launch failure comes as the North angrily reacts to ongoing annual US-South Korean militaryFULL STORY

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