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Cabinet task force to probe derailment

By Shelley Shan

The Cabinet yesterday established a task force to investigate Sunday’s deadly train accident in Yilan County. The 15-member task force is led by Minister Without Portfolio Wu Tze-cheng (吳澤成), while Bureau of High Speed Rail Director-General Allen Hu (胡湘麟) serves as executive secretary and spokesman, CabinetFULL STORY

Blood supplies sufficient to help victims

By Lee I-chia

The Taiwan Blood Services Foundation yesterday urged people not to rush to donate blood to help those injured in Sunday’s train derailment in Yilan County, but donate regularly to maintain healthy blood stocks at all times. The derailment of an eastbound Puyuma Express train near SinmaFULL STORY

PRC funding of campaigns probed

By Aaron Tu, Lin Ching-chuan and William Hetherington

The Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau is investigating 33 cases of alleged Chinese funding to candidate campaigns for the Nov. 24 elections, bureau Director-General Leu Wen-jong (呂文忠) said yesterday. Asked by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus deputy secretary-general William Tseng (曾銘宗) during a meeting of theFULL STORY

US administration trying to eliminate transgender rules

The government of US President Donald Trump is attempting to strip transgender people of official recognition by creating a definition of gender as being only male or female, and unchangeable once it is determined at birth, the New York Times reported on Sunday. The US DepartmentFULL STORY

Mystery deepens with phone calls, ‘body double’ reports

A man appearing to wear Jamal Khashoggi’s clothes left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul following his killing there, according to a surveillance video, while a member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage made four calls to the royal office at about the sameFULL STORY

Derailment kills 18, injures as least 1712018-10-22

By Shelley Shan

Eighteen people were killed and 171 injured yesterday after an eastbound Puyuma Express train, No. 6432, carrying 366 passengers, derailed at 4:50pm near the Sinma (新馬) Train Station in Yilan County, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said. The agency had earlier put the death toll atFULL STORY

CPC halts some 95-octane gas sales2018-10-22

By Chen Cheng-hui

Quality problems forced CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) yesterday to suspend sales of 95-octane unleaded gasoline at some of its stations in northern Taiwan. An inspection on Thursday of the No. 2 catalytic reforming unit (CRU) at its refinery in Taoyuan’s Gueishan District (龜山) found problemsFULL STORY

Russia warns Trump over plan to quit nuclear treaty2018-10-22

Moscow yesterday warned US President Donald Trump that his plan to ditch a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty with Russia was a dangerous step. Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Ryabkov said this “would be a very dangerous step” and accused the US ofFULL STORY

Growing skepticism over Saudi account of journalist’s death2018-10-22

Saudi Arabia yesterday faced a growing chorus of incredulity over its belated explanation of how journalist Jamal Khashoggi died inside its Istanbul consulate, as world powers demanded answers and the whereabouts of his body. After two weeks of denials, Saudi authorities on Saturday admitted thatFULL STORY

Taiwanese cautioned on Chinese-run incubators2018-10-22

By Chung Li-hua

Taiwanese entrepreneurs interested in investing in Chinese business incubators should be careful, as more than 100 of them in Shenzhen have closed, while half of those in Beijing and Shanghai have been dormant since the Chinese government stopped subsidizing them last year, sources familiar withFULL STORY

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