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Taiwanese willing to fight China

By Sean Lin

Nearly 70 percent of Taiwanese are willing to go to war if China were to attempt to annex Taiwan by force, a survey released by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy yesterday said. The foundation considers it a fitting time to pose the question as the ChineseFULL STORY

Pestering prevention draft finalized

By Sean Lin

The Executive Yuan yesterday finalized a draft pestering behavior prevention act, which proposes a maximum prison term of three years and a maximum fine of NT$300,000 for those found guilty of harassing others out of affection or hatred. According to the draft, “pestering behavior” includes actionsFULL STORY

Wu Maw-kuen on defense as he takes education post

By Ann Maxon

Newly inaugurated Minister of Education Wu Maw-kuen (吳茂昆) yesterday reiterated that he had never illegally worked in China and said the Ministry of Education would in the next week make a decision on the appointment of National Taiwan University (NTU) president-elect Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔), whoFULL STORY

US calls for keeping pressure on N Korea ahead of meeting

The US yesterday said that in the run-up to US President Donald Trump’s planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, countries should continue to put financial and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang to surrender its banned nuclear weapons. US Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament RobertFULL STORY

Trump, Abe fail to agree on US tariff exemption for Japanese aluminum

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday said they had failed to reach a deal that would exempt Japan from new US steel and aluminum tariffs, as Abe had wanted. Instead, the leaders announced they had agreed to start talks onFULL STORY

Commission’s referendum approval draws groups’ ire2018-04-19

By Jonathan Chin

The Central Election Commission’s decision on Tuesday to approve three national referendum proposals against same-sex marriage came under fire yesterday from social activists and members of the public. The commission said that two referendum proposals from Alliance for the Happiness of the Next Generation Alliance presidentFULL STORY

Seoul seeking deal on ending war2018-04-19

South Korea is seeking to open discussions about formally declaring an end to the war with the nuclear-armed North at a rare inter-Korean summit next week, officials said yesterday. “We are looking at the possibility of replacing the armistice regime on the Korean Peninsula with aFULL STORY

Live-fire exercises axed over upkeep work, not Beijing2018-04-19

Staff reporter, with staff writer and CNA

Penghu Defense Command yesterday denied rumors that an abrupt cancelation of live-fire exercises planned for yesterday was motivated by Chinese military drills off the coast of Quanzhou. The cancelation was due to drills and weapons’ maintenance work having been completed just last month, and had nothingFULL STORY

Chemical weapons team visit to Syria on hold after gunfire2018-04-19

A visit by international chemical weapons inspectors to the location of a suspected poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma on Tuesday has been delayed after gunfire at the site during a visit by a UN security team, sources told reporters. The UN securityFULL STORY

Legislators call on global community to allow Taiwan to attend the WHA2018-04-19

By Lee I-chia

Legislators and representatives from 19 healthcare professional groups yesterday called for global attention to the importance of allowing Taiwan to attend the 71th annual World Health Assembly (WHA), scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 21 to May 26. “Taiwan should be allowed toFULL STORY

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