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DPP sets election nomination schedule

By Loa Iok-sin

The Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Central Standing Committee yesterday unveiled its schedule for selecting nominees to represent the party in next year’s presidential and legislative elections, triggering divided reactions among party figures. “[DPP] Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has briefed committee members during the meeting on theFULL STORY

Hsinchu lawmaker withdraws from KMT

By Alison Hsiao

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Hsu Hsin-ying (徐欣瑩), who represents an electoral district in Hsinchu County, on Tuesday night announced her withdrawal from the party, saying that Taiwan needs more than just the choices of “blue and green” — referring to colors representing the KMTFULL STORY

Cross-strait meeting to be held on Kinmen: officials

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

The latest meeting between Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) and China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), the third of its kind, is scheduled for Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 on Kinmen, authorities on both sides of the Taiwan StraitFULL STORY

Marines conduct simulation of PLA attack in south

By Jason Pan

The Republic of China Marine Corps conducted a combat exercise in the Kaohsiung Harbor area yesterday, with the main objective being to train troops to defend against a simulated surprise attack on the southern port city by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The 99th MarineFULL STORY

Taiwan’s high ‘free economy’ ranking should help its TPP bid: US economist

By William Lowther

Taiwan’s high standing in the just released “Index of Economic Freedom” should help it win a place in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a leading US economist said. “There is no question that adding Taiwan into the mix would add a lot of support for a moreFULL STORY

Ko to appoint chief executive officer for Universiade

By Abraham Gerber

A chief executive officer will be appointed for the 2017 Universiade, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday, following challenges in finding a willing deputy mayor candidate. “While I originally hoped that a deputy mayor could also take on the post of Universiade CEO, I foundFULL STORY

Immigrant spouses happy with life in Taiwan: poll

Immigrants married to Taiwanese nationals are mostly happy with life in Taiwan, even though their average household income is less than half the national average, to a census released yesterday by the Ministry of the Interior showed. A total of 498,368 foreign-born spouses, including naturalizedFULL STORY

Challenge set to help homeless

By Yeh Kuan-yu and Chen Wei-han

Inspired by the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge that helped raise funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients last summer, a group called “Do You a Flavor,” working to help homeless people, has challenged the public to share a meal with the homeless before nominatingFULL STORY

Transgender reforms to take more time: ministry

By Lii Wen

Reform on gender reassignment regulations would require more time and discussion among different government agencies, the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday. The decision ran contrary to a reported agreement between Minister of the Interior Chen Wei-zen (陳威仁) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ting Shou-chungFULL STORY

Stress can cause Bell’s palsy, says traditional physician

By Hsieh Chia-chun

With many people under tremendous pressure to complete projects before the Lunar New Year next month, a Taipei doctor has urged the public to look out for symptoms of Bell’s palsy. Taipei City Hospital’s Yangming Branch traditional Chinese medicine physician Lin Chia-ying (林佳瑩) said increasedFULL STORY

Armless woman continues quest for scooter license

By Wang Chun-chung and Jake Chung

Armless swimmer Fang Tzu-ya’s (方姿雅) quest to apply for a scooter license has taken a step forward, as a panel convened on Saturday to observe her driving ability, but the Greater Tainan Government’s Department of Motor Vehicles said safety is still a concern, promising aFULL STORY

Rare sunfish converge on waters off Taitung coast

Large numbers of ocean sunfish (Mola mola) have shown up in waters off Taitung County in a rare phenomenon that experts say could be in response to low temperatures in the waters around Japan. A large number of the fish began to converge in theFULL STORY

NCC rejects Asia-Pacific Telecom, Ambit merger

By Shelley Shan

The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday rejected the merger between Asia-Pacific Telecom (APT) and Ambit Microsystems Corp due to the lack of detailed information on APT’s roaming partnership with Taiwan Mobile Co. “The applicant [APT] has indicated in its application its strategic alliance with anotherFULL STORY

Ko gets behind expansion of Taipei-Shanghai forum

By Abraham Gerber

The Taipei-Shanghai Forum could be expanded to become a cross-strait city forum, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday, following a meeting with Taipei Chamber of Commerce director-general Wang Ying-chieh (王應傑). “Wang recommended the political forum between Taipei and Shanghai be expanded into a cross-strait politicalFULL STORY

Former toll workers scuffle with police outside ministry of transport in Taipei

By Lii Wen

Former freeway toll collectors clashed with police officers outside the Ministry of Transportation and Communications building in Taipei yesterday after their demands to schedule a meeting with Minister of Transportation and Communications Chen Chien-yu (陳建宇) were not met. Serious scuffles with police officers broke out twiceFULL STORY

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