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Solar cell makers plan mega-merger

By Lauly Li

Taiwanese solar cell makers Neo Solar Power Energy Corp (新日光能源), Gintech Energy Corp (昱晶能源) and Solartech Energy Corp (昇陽光電) yesterday inked a letter of intent to merge via a share swap in an bid to compete with global rivals. The resultant entity would be the world’sFULL STORY

Premier Lai’s high approval rating boosts Tsai’s

By Chen Wei-han

Premier William Lai’s (賴清德) high approval rating of nearly 70 percent is believed to have helped boost President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) rating toward 50 percent, while more than half of Taiwanese support a proposal to amend the Constitution, a poll released yesterday by the TaiwanFULL STORY

Philippine visa trial to begin Nov. 1

A trial run of a program offering Philippine nationals visa-free entry for up to 14 days is to begin next month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. “The trial is being held to attract Philippine visitors to Taiwan for tourism and business, as well asFULL STORY

Iraqi, Kurdish fighters in independence standoff

Iraqi forces yesterday seized a key military base, an airport and an oil field from Kurdish fighters in disputed Kirkuk Province in a major operation sparked by an independence referendum. The rapid advance aims to retake oil and military sites that Kurdish forces took over duringFULL STORY

Catalan leader stays vague, Spain gives Thursday deadline

Catalan authorities must drop a bid for independence by Thursday, the Spanish government said yesterday, moving closer to imposing direct rule over the region after its leader missed an initial deadline to back down. Catalan Presdient Carles Puigdemont yesterday failed to respond to an ultimatum fromFULL STORY

Three Taiwanese die in China rockfall2017-10-16

Three Taiwanese were killed yesterday morning and two injured in a rockfall in China’s Three Gorges area, the Straits Exchange Foundation said. The five were part of a 45-person tour organized by Trans Continental Travel Service Co (東晟旅行社), a Taipei travel agency, the foundationFULL STORY

Taiwan to seek backing from US on arms sales2017-10-16

By Lo Tien-bin

Taiwan intends to take advantage of an annual defense conference with the US that was to open yesterday in Princeton, New Jersey, to seek Washington’s support for arms sales and cooperation opportunities with US defense companies, sources said. Taiwan will seek backing for its weaponsFULL STORY

North Atlantic hurricane heads for Ireland, Britain2017-10-16

Ireland and Britain yesterday braced for a lashing from Hurricane Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, after it dumped heavy rains on Portugal’s Azores islands. As the storm passed near the Azores archipelago on Saturday it was classed CategoryFULL STORY

Austria set to elect EU’s youngest leader2017-10-16

Austrians were yesterday voting in a watershed election tipped to see conservative Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz, 31, become the EU’s youngest leader and form an alliance with the far-right, in the bloc’s latest populist test. A rightward shift in the wealthy EU memberFULL STORY

Trump’s threat to end Iran agreement dangerous: Clinton2017-10-16

Former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton said US President Donald Trump’s threat to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord is “dangerous,” and she suggests her former campaign opponent is undermining the validity of the US’ promises to other nations. Trump on Friday accusedFULL STORY

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