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China’s new residency cards pose risk

By Chen Yu-fu, Lu Yi-hsuan and Jonathan Chin

The Chinese government’s new residency permit cards for Taiwanese, which are to bear the fingerprints of the cardholder, pose privacy and national security risks, Executive Yuan Department of Cybersecurity Director Jian Hong-wei (簡宏偉) said yesterday. Jian made the remarks after Chinese authorities earlier in the dayFULL STORY

Laws being changed to aid trade partnership bid

By Lee Hsin-fang and William Hetherington

The government is working to amend laws it says will facilitate membership in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) amid obstruction from China in its bid to join the trade pact. China has asked member countries to reject Taiwan’s bid, despite it notFULL STORY

Taiwanese shooters clinch gold on first day of Games

By Jason Pan

Taiwan yesterday won their first gold medal at the Asian Games in Indonesia and three Taiwanese athletes won bronze in other events, putting Taiwan in fifth place on the medals table. Lin Ying-shin (林穎欣), 19, and Lu Shao-chuan (呂紹全), 20, scored a combined 494.1 points inFULL STORY

Brazil sends troops after Venezuelan immigrants attacked in border town

Brazil was to send troops to its border with Venezuela today after residents of the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima drove out Venezuelan immigrants from their improvised camps, amid growing regional tensions. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have crossed the border into Brazil over the pastFULL STORY

More bodies found in flooded Kerala as toll passes 350

Rescuers yesterday waded into submerged villages in southern India in a desperate search for survivors cut off for days by floods that have already killed more than 350 people. Entire villages in Kerala have been swept away in the state’s worst floods in a century andFULL STORY

Academics call for Dalai Lama visit2018-08-19

By Chung Li-hua and Sherry Hsiao

Academics yesterday called on the government to invite the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize laurete Liu Xiaobo’s (劉曉波) widow, Liu Xia (劉霞), and World Uyghur Congress president Rebiya Kadeer to Taiwan, as pressure from Beijing is bound to continue regardless. China has over the past yearFULL STORY

Tsai says China hurting its goal to be respected2018-08-19

Beijing’s suppression of Taiwan is unfavorable to cross-strait relations and runs counter to China’s goal of becoming a respected nation, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Friday. Tsai was commenting on an incident in which Taiwan-based bakery cafe chain 85°C (85度C) was boycotted and labeled aFULL STORY

Ministry to boost science facilities on Pratas, Itu Aba2018-08-19

By Lin Chia-nan

The Ministry of Science and Technology is to boost scientific facilities on the Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島) and Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island, 太平島), and increase collaborations with Southeast Asian countries, a ministry official said yesterday. Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) onFULL STORY

Venezuelans brace for monetary overhaul2018-08-19

Venezuelans on Friday rushed to shops and formed long lines in preparation for a monetary overhaul that is to remove five zeros from prices in response to hyperinflation that has made cash increasingly worthless. Shoppers sought to ensure their homes were stocked with food before theFULL STORY

Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan PM, opposition protests2018-08-19

Pakistani cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan was sworn in as prime minister yesterday, despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf in last month’s elections. Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party won the most seats in the July 25 national elections, but fellFULL STORY

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