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US lawmakers call for WHA inclusion

Heavyweight US lawmakers on Friday called on the WHO to invite Taiwan to attend this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), its decisionmaking body. US representatives Steven Chabot, Gerry Connolly, Mario Diaz-Balart and Albio Sires — cochairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus in the US House ofFULL STORY

Conservatives poised to retain power in Australia

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative government yesterday appeared poised to claim a come-from-behind victory in Australia’s election against the left-leaning Labor Party. While opinion polls had pointed to a Labor win, the Australian Broadcasting Corp predicted that the Liberal-National coalition would form a government, butFULL STORY

Start-up secures purchase order at French tech show

By Lin Chia-nan

A Taiwanese start-up developer of a positioning system for uncrewed vehicles has secured a US$5 million purchase order at a conference in France, the Ministry of Science and Technology said yesterday, expressing the hope that Taiwan and France will continue to deepen technological collaboration. According toFULL STORY

Heterosexual, gay couples hold joint weddings to promote gender equality

By Yang Mien-chieh and Lin Ching-lun

A heterosexual couple and two homosexual couples yesterday held joint weddings in Taipei to promote gender equality, one day after Taiwan became the first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage. Veteran gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei (祁家威) bore witness to the weddings of Wu Shih-liang (吳士良)FULL STORY

Beijing, Tehran hold talks amid growing tensions in Mideast

Iran’s foreign minister has praised his country’s relations with China during talks with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing amid heightened tensions and efforts by Tehran to keep its world markets open following the US’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs MohammadFULL STORY

Lawmakers legalize same-sex marriage2019-05-18

By Sean Lin

Taiwan yesterday became the first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage after lawmakers passed the Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Constitutional Interpretation No. 748 (司法院釋字第748號解釋施行法). Under the act, same-sex couples would be able to become legally married from Friday next week to meet a two-year deadlineFULL STORY

Presidential Office extends restrictions on KMT’s Ma, Wu2019-05-18

By Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung

The Presidential Office yesterday issued a formal notification to former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and former vice president Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) informing them that they must observe an additional two years of restrictions on visiting China, in line with amendments to the National Security InformationFULL STORY

Health minister heads to Geneva2019-05-18

By Lin Chia-nan

A delegation led by Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) yesterday evening left for Geneva, Switzerland, to push for Taiwan’s participation in this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), the decisionmaking body of the WHO. The 72nd session of the WHA is to start inFULL STORY

Pillar of modern architecture I.M. Pei dies at 1022019-05-18

I.M. Pei (貝聿銘), the pre-eminent US architect who forged a distinct brand of modern building design with his sharp lines and stark structures, has died in New York, his sons’ architecture firm said on Thursday. He was 102 years old. From the controversial Louvre Pyramid inFULL STORY

Chinese state media evoke patriotism as trade dispute with the US escalates2019-05-18

A trade war with the US will only make China stronger and will never bring the country to its knees, the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily wrote yesterday in a front-page commentary that evoked the patriotic spirit of past wars. Beijing has yet to say whetherFULL STORY

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