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US to advise on cybersecurity issues

By Lee Hsin-fang

The US is to offer Taiwan advice on how to bolster information security in the public sector after the Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercises next month, sources with knowledge of the matter said yesterday. It is to be the first time that the US would provideFULL STORY

Hong Kongers vow rally today, defying police

Civil Human Rights Front convener Figo Chan (陳皓桓) yesterday said that he would lead a march today in Hong Kong, despite permission being denied by police, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) reported. Demonstrators planned to walk from Tsim Sha Tsui to the express rail terminus inFULL STORY

Second TAIPEI bill submitted to House in the US

US representatives on Friday introduced their Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act to reinforce ties with Taiwan. John Curtis, a Republican US representative as well as a member of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation,FULL STORY

FDA announces recall of ranitidine over NDMA fears

By Lee I-chia

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday said that 420 batches of 23 ranitidine drug products that allegedly contain the potentially carcinogenic n-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) must be recalled by Nov. 18. The impurity was not intentionally added to the drugs by the manufacturers, but was found inFULL STORY

US-Turkey frictions raise nuclear concerns

Frayed US relations with Turkey over Ankara’s incursion in Syria raise a sensitive question rarely discussed in public: Should Washington remove the nuclear bombs it has long stored at a Turkish air base? It is a tricky matter for several reasons, including the fact that byFULL STORY

Han’s plans leave no time for US trip2019-10-19

By Wang Jung-hsiang and Dennis Xie

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) yesterday said he would not travel to the US in his capacity as the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, citing a busy campaign schedule at home in the run-up to the Jan. 11 election. Han made the announcement on theFULL STORY

HK suspect says willing to face Taiwan’s justice2019-10-19

By Jake Chung

Hong Konger Chan Tong-kai (陳同佳), who is suspected of murdering his girlfriend in Taiwan last year before fleeing back to Hong Kong, reportedly said that he would be willing to “turn himself in” to Taiwanese authorities once released from jail in Hong Kong next week,FULL STORY

Ministry congratulates Marshall Islands on UN win2019-10-19

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday congratulated the Marshall Islands, one of Taiwan’s Pacific allies, on its selection as a new member state of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), while Venezuela also won a contested election for a seat, despite a campaign by moreFULL STORY

US agencies urge firms to boost Taiwan business ties2019-10-19

By Lin Chia-nan

Three US government agencies have sent a joint letter urging the top 500 US firms to boost business ties with Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, thanking Washington for its support despite Chinese pressure. “The US government does not dictate how private companies chooseFULL STORY

Trump hails Syria ceasefire, although fighting continued2019-10-19

US President Donald Trump on Thursday welcomed a temporary ceasefire in northern Syria and said he allowed Turkish and Kurdish forces to clash because they were like children who needed to fight each other, although gunfire was later reported in a border town. “It was unconventionalFULL STORY

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