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Ministry lauds Philippine convictions

By Lin Chia-nan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday lauded a Manila court’s conviction of eight members of a Philippine Coast Guard vessel for their killing of a Taiwanese fisher aboard the Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28 in 2013. On May 9, 2013, 65-year-old fisher Hung Shih-cheng (洪石成) wasFULL STORY

Diplomatic allies urge UN head to push Taiwan bid

By Lin Chia-nan

Thirteen of the nation’s diplomatic allies have written to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to push for Taiwan’s participation in the organization ahead of the 74th UN General Assembly, which began on Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. The assembly commenced at UN headquarters inFULL STORY

Taipei and Hsinchu universities agree to merge next year

By Sherry Hsiao

National Yang-Ming University (NYMU) in Taipei and National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Hsinchu yesterday agreed a plan to merge the two universities, whereby they would operate as National Yang-Ming Chiao Tung University (YMCTU) from August next year. At separate meetings, the councils of NYMU andFULL STORY

Mike Pence rebuffs Solomon Islands PM after diplomatic ties with Taiwan cut

US Vice President Mike Pence has canceled plans to meet the prime minister of the Solomon Islands to discuss development partnerships after the Pacific island cut ties with Taiwan in favor of China this week, a senior US official said on Tuesday. The Solomon Islands wasFULL STORY

Israel’s Netanyahu, Gantz deadlocked after elections

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger, Benny Gantz, yesterday were deadlocked after a general election, reports said, raising the possibility of a unity government or even the end of the prime minister’s long rule. Various Israeli media reported that Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud andFULL STORY

AIT decries Solomons’ switch to China2019-09-18

By Lin Chia-nan

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday expressed the US’ disappointment over the Solomon Islands’ decision to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing and promised to continue supporting Taiwan. Taiwan on Monday announced that it was severing relations with the South Pacific nation after HoniaraFULL STORY

COA imposes fines on pork from S Korea2019-09-18

By Lin Chia-nan

With South Korea confirming an outbreak of African swine fever, the Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday said that travelers caught bringing in pork products from that country would be fined a minimum of NT$200,000 (US$6,444). Taiwan has been striving to keep the deadly swine disease atFULL STORY

HK fails to find PR firm to rescue its battered image2019-09-18

The Hong Kong government has tried, but failed to secure help from any of the global public relations (PR) firms it has approached to salvage the financial hub’s tarnished reputation, as anti-government protests continued to wreak havoc months into its deepest political crisis in decades. HongFULL STORY

MRT operator is planning to cancel discounted fares2019-09-18

By Lee I-chia

As Taipei’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system has been losing money every year, Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC) yesterday said that it plans to cancel a 20 percent discount for using electronic payment cards to pay fares. The company informed the Taipei City Council’s Transportation CommitteeFULL STORY

Ex-vice president Lu to run for president2019-09-18

By Wu Chun-feng, Yang Chun-hui and Jake Chung

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) on Monday announced that she would represent the Formosa Alliance in next year’s presidential elections. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was left scrambling to prevent a potential split in its voter base, calling on Lu, as well as the spiritualFULL STORY

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