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Vote to recall NPP chairman fails

By Sean Lin

A recall vote against New Power Party (NPP) Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) was defeated yesterday after the number of ballots cast by Huang’s detractors in New Taipei City’s 12th electoral district failed to pass the threshold for removing him as lawmaker. Statistics released by theFULL STORY

More victims of 228 discovered

By Jake Chung

Declassified materials from the former Secrecy Bureau (保密局) have revealed the names of another 931 228 Incident victims, 228 Memorial Foundation chairman Hsueh Hua-yuan (薛化元) said yesterday. The 228 Incident refers to the nationwide anti-government uprisings that began on Feb. 27, 1947, and a series ofFULL STORY

Taiwanese academics denied entry visas to Hong Kong

By Peng Wan-hsin and Sherry Hsiao

Two Taiwanese academics who planned to attend an academic conference in Hong Kong on Wednesday have been denied visas to the territory. Wu Jui-jen (吳叡人) and Wu Chieh-min (吳介民) are associate research fellows at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History and Institute of Sociology respectively, andFULL STORY

Israeli soldiers kill four Palestinians in protests

Israeli troops on Friday shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 with live fire, medical officials said, as protests over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital entered a second week. Most of the casualties were on the Gaza Strip border, where thousandsFULL STORY

China, UK vow to bolster economic, trade cooperation

China and Britain have vowed to continue and strengthen cooperation on a wide range of economic, financial and trade issues, including speeding up the introduction of a London-Shanghai stock connect program. In a joint statement yesterday, which coincided with an official visit to China by BritishFULL STORY

‘Criminal gang’ definition amended2017-12-16

By Sean Lin

Lawmakers yesterday passed an amendment to the Organized Crime Prevention Act (組織犯罪防制條例) which broadens the definition of criminal organizations, making it applicable when charging members of political parties that are controlled by criminal gangs or known to threaten public safety. The act formerly defined criminal organizationsFULL STORY

US FCC votes along party lines to end ‘net neutrality’2017-12-16

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday repealed former US president Barack Obama’s “net neutrality” rules, giving Internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block Web sites and apps as they see fit or charge more forFULL STORY

No fireworks for Taichung New Year’s Eve: mayor2017-12-16

Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) yesterday announced that the city would not hold a New Year’s Eve fireworks show, in an effort to reduce air pollution. Many Taichung residents have said they hope the city could celebrate the new year without fireworks, Taichung City Government spokesmanFULL STORY

Taoyuan mayor polled nation’s most ‘well-liked’2017-12-16

By Stacy Hsu

Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) has edged out Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) to become the most well-liked mayor in the nation’s six special municipalities, while Taichung has again been rated the most livable city, a survey released by Trend Survey and Research Co saidFULL STORY

Australian probe into child abuse questions celibacy2017-12-16

An Australian inquiry into child abuse yesterday recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional. The Australian Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual AbuseFULL STORY

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