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Tsai tells US official of trade deal hopes

By Su Yung-yao

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday expressed hope that a bilateral trade agreement (BTA) could be signed between Taiwan and the US. She made the remarks in a meeting with Ian Steff, assistant secretary for global markets and director-general of the US and Foreign Commercial Service atFULL STORY

Five dead, many more missing in NZ eruption

A volcanic island in New Zealand yesterday erupted in a tower of ash and steam while dozens of tourists were exploring the moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving many more missing. Police said the site was still too dangerous hours later for rescuers to searchFULL STORY

CAA favors building new Kaohsiung airport terminal

By Shelley Shan

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) yesterday said it is leaning toward a plan to demolish the two terminals at Kaohsiung International Airport and build a new one that can accommodate both domestic and international passengers. The domestic and international terminals are currently connected by a 343m-longFULL STORY

Lunar New Year a challenge in swine fever fight: COA

By Hsiao Yu-hsin

Government efforts to prevent African swine fever from spreading to Taiwan during the Lunar New Year holiday next year would be more challenging than this year, as the virus has infected more nations, Council of Agriculture (COA) Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said yesterday. This year, TaiwanFULL STORY

Fire, bottle bombs after ‘generally peaceful’ HK rally

Hong Kong protesters lit a fire outside court buildings, threw gasoline bombs and spray-painted graffiti on government buildings, following a “generally peaceful” march at the weekend, police said yesterday. Protesters called for strikes across the territory yesterday, but most railway and transport links ran smoothly duringFULL STORY

Hong Kong protests at half-year mark2019-12-09

AP, HONG KONG

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators yesterday crammed into Hong Kong’s streets, their chants echoing off high-rises, in a mass show of support for a protest movement that shows no signs of flagging as it enters a seventh month. Chanting “Fight for freedom” and “Stand with HongFULL STORY

New Zealand hit by severe storms2019-12-09

New Zealand has been hit by a weekend of severe storms, with landslides and flooding in the South Island cutting off towns and trapping an estimated 1,000 foreign tourists. Most are stuck on the West Coast in the towns of Fox Glacier and Franz Josef, theFULL STORY

2020 ELECTIONS: Whole world watching vote due to HK events: president2019-12-09

By Jason Pan

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday urged voters to re-elect her, saying that the Jan. 11 elections are pivotal, because “the whole world is watching Taiwan” due to the protests in Hong Kong. Tsai visited Penghu’s Magong City (馬公) in the morning, attended rallies in central TaiwanFULL STORY

2020 ELECTIONS: SE Asia no longer taking Taiwan seriously: Han2019-12-09

By Ann Maxon

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) yesterday said that Southeast Asian nations are “no longer taking Taiwan seriously” due to its diplomatic challenges and poor economy, and urged voters to support the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to prevent the nation’s “downfall.” Commenting on a Thai visa ruleFULL STORY

At least 43 killed in factory fire in India’s New Delhi2019-12-09

At least 43 people were killed yesterday in a devastating fire that ripped through a bag factory in the cramped, congested old quarter of the Indian capital, New Delhi, trapping scores of workers who were sleeping inside. The blaze was the worst in New Delhi sinceFULL STORY

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