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Mexico’s 7.1 quake kills at least 217

Police, firefighters and volunteers early yesterday dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings, looking for survivors of Mexico’s deadliest earthquake in decades as the number of confirmed fatalities stood at 217. Adding poignancy and a touch of the surreal, Tuesday’s magnitudeFULL STORY

Five Taiwanese may be trapped in toppled building

Five Taiwanese may be trapped in the rubble of a toppled office building in Mexico City after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake jolted central Mexico on Tuesday, Representative to Mexico Carlos Liao (廖世傑) said yesterday. The Taiwanese representative office in Mexico and a Taiwanese business associationFULL STORY

Police reshuffle surprises many

By Cheng Hung-ta, Su Fang-ho and Jake Chung

A major reshuffle of high-ranking police officials on Tuesday took many by surprise, with several legislators saying it was a slap in the face for Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲). The Ministry of the Interior announced the reshuffle on Tuesday night, promoting Kaohsiung Police DepartmentFULL STORY

Chiayi County chief sues lawmaker for harassment

By Lin Yi-chang and Jake Chung

Chiayi County Commissioner Helen Chang (張花冠) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday filed a sexual harassment complaint against another party member, Legislator Chen Ming-wen (陳明文), saying Chen’s actions at a temple festival last week made her “extremely uncomfortable.” Chang said Chen put his arm aroundFULL STORY

Ko resolute on running for re-election

By Lee I-chia

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said he would still run for re-election next year if the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) nominates its own candidate. Ko made the remark in response to a hypothetical question by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei City Councilor Chin Huei-chu (秦慧珠)FULL STORY

NSPO denies satellite system failure2017-09-20

By Lin Chia-nan

Following a media report saying Formosat-5 was transmitting fuzzy images, National Space Organization (NSPO) officials yesterday said they are recalibrating the satellite’s camera, but denied that it had experienced a system failure. Formosat-5, the nation’s first domestically developed satellite, which cost about NT$5.65 billion (US$187.5 million),FULL STORY

Trump says US might have to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea2017-09-20

US President Donald Trump yesterday that the US will be forced to “totally destroy” North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “rocket man” on a suicide mission. Loud murmurs filled the green-marbled UN General AssemblyFULL STORY

DPP denies intervention in Cambodian politics2017-09-20

By Chen Wei-han

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday denied allegations that it attempted to intervene in Cambodian politics, after a Cambodian news outlet reported that a “Taiwanese extremist group” allegedly affiliated with the DPP was plotting with local political operatives to topple the government. A reportFULL STORY

Suu Kyi defends Myanmar actions amid criticism2017-09-20

With a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims sparking accusations of ethnic cleansing from the UN and others, Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday said her nation does not fear international scrutiny and invited diplomats to see some areas for themselves. Although an estimated 421,000FULL STORY

Court grants amnestied convict’s request for retrial2017-09-20

By Jason Pan

A man who has fought for more than three decades to overturn a conviction for robbery yesterday received a chance to clear his name after the Taiwan High Court granted his request for a retrial. Su Ping-kun (蘇炳坤), 67, has always maintained his innocence, saying heFULL STORY

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