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US president signs Taiwan Travel Act

By Stacy Hsu

The government yesterday welcomed US President Donald Trump’s signing into law of the Taiwan Travel Act, which pledges to deepen the mutually beneficial partnership between the two nations. Trump signed the act on Friday, when it went into effect. It aims to allow high-level visits betweenFULL STORY

Xi begins limitless second term

China’s rubber-stamp legislature yesterday unanimously handed Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) a second term and elevated his right-hand man to the vice presidency, giving him a strong ally to consolidate power and handle US trade threats. Xi’s reappointment by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-controlled body wasFULL STORY

MOEA to send official to US to talk tariff exclusion

The government is planning to send a high-level Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) official to the US to negotiate the exemption of Taiwanese steel and aluminum exports from US tariffs, an official at Taiwan’s representative office in the US said. The official, who spoke onFULL STORY

Britain treating death of Russian man as murder

British police on Friday said they had launched a murder investigation following the death this week of a Russian associate of late tycoon Boris Berezovsky. “A murder investigation has been launched following the results of a post-mortem into the death of 68-year-old Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov,”FULL STORY

Police dig up body from concrete grave in New Taipei City

By Wang Husan-ching, Wu Jen-chieh and Jake Chung

A woman yesterday confessed to killing her sister-in-law and burying her body in the victim’s room in an apartment in New Taipei City’s Sinjhuang District (新莊), while a couple living in the district were wounded in what appears to be a double suicide attempt. In theFULL STORY

New policies to counter China incentives2018-03-17

By Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung

The Executive Yuan yesterday proposed eight policies, dubbed the “Strengthen Taiwan Policies,” to counter the effects of 31 incentives for Taiwanese unveiled by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office. The eight policies aim to increase benefits for researchers; lend more momentum to innovative industries; boost employee rewards andFULL STORY

Control Yuan member starts probe into Ma2018-03-17

By Stacy Hsu

Control Yuan member Chen Shih-meng (陳師孟) yesterday launched an investigation of former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) for alleged abuse of power and interference in the judiciary over his administration’s probe of a prosecutor who indicted Ma on corruption charges when he was Taipei mayor. The ControlFULL STORY

Electricity rates scheduled to rise an average of 3%2018-03-17

By Kuo Chia-erh

The Ministry of Economic Affairs yesterday announced plans to raise electricity rates by an average of 3 percent to reflect rising global crude oil prices. Starting from next month, the cost of electricity is to rise by an average of NT$0.0765 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) from NT$2.5488FULL STORY

Chinese hackers hit US firms linked to South China Sea2018-03-17

Chinese hackers have launched a wave of cyberattacks on mainly US engineering and defense companies linked to the disputed South China Sea, cybersecurity firm FireEye said. A suspected Chinese cyberespionage group dubbed TEMP.Periscope appears to be seeking information that would benefit the Chinese government, the US-basedFULL STORY

US accuses Russia of cyberattacks and imposes sanctions2018-03-17

In its toughest challenge to Russia to date, the administration of US President Donald Trump on Thursday accused Moscow of an elaborate plot to penetrate the US’ electric grid, factories, water supply and even air travel through cyberattacks. The US also hit targeted Russians withFULL STORY

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