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Wife, rights groups urge Lee’s release

By Chen Wei-han

Following confirmation yesterday of the detention of Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲) by Chinese authorities, Lee’s wife and civil rights groups called for his immediate release and condemned Beijing for holding him incommunicado for undisclosed reasons. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office announced that Lee wasFULL STORY

‘Backlash’ might follow Japan official’s trip: TAO

By Chang Mao-sen, Chung Li-hua and Jonathan Chin

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) yesterday said that Taiwan could face a “forceful backlash” after a visit to Taiwan by Japanese Senior Vice Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Jiro Akama. Akama on Saturday attended a tourism fair in Taipei organized byFULL STORY

Judiciary, law enforcement negligent in fight against narcotics: lawmakers

By Jason Pan

Legislators yesterday said the Ministry of Justice and other government agencies have been neglecting their duty to combat illegal drugs, alleging that the nation is becoming a hub for the shipment of narcotics to other Asian nations due to lax enforcement. In the Philippines and Vietnam,FULL STORY

Most Taiwanese see China as hostile to Taiwan: poll

By Stacy Hsu

Nearly 80 percent of Taiwanese regard Beijing as being hostile to Taiwan since President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) inauguration in May last year, a sentiment that appears to transcend political boundaries, according to a survey released by the Cross-Strait Policy Association yesterday. The poll found that 77.2FULL STORY

Control Yuan report breaches separation of powers: Cabinet

By Chen Wei-han

The Executive Yuan and lawmakers yesterday accused the Control Yuan of breaching the separation of powers after it challenged the constitutionality of the law on ill-gotten party assets and redacted an investigation report it used as the basis of a request for a constitutional interpretation. TheFULL STORY

MOE mulls student-intern rules

By Sean Lin

The Ministry of Education (MOE) is deliberating legislation to regulate private sector internship programs for university students, to help them better apply their expertise in the workplace, Deputy Minister of Education Yao Leeh-ter (姚立德) said yesterday. Yao, former president of the National Taipei University of TechnologyFULL STORY

NTUT, MIT sign ‘smart’ development agreement

By Sean Lin

The National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT) yesterday signed an agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to set up a “City Science Lab” to focus on the development of “smart” city infrastructure and autonomous vehicles. MIT City Science Initiative director Kent Larson signed theFULL STORY

Hi-tech surgery fixes sculptor’s face

By Lee I-chia

A sculptor in his 50s whose cheekbone and eye socket were severely damaged in a motorcycle accident was able to return to work following reconstructive surgery that made use of a computer-assisted navigation system and 3D printing. The artist, surnamed Peng (彭), crashed his motorcycle intoFULL STORY

FDA warns of bacteria in online food products

By Lee I-chia

Of the 15 ready-to-eat food products bought from online vendors that failed Food and Drink Administration (FDA) inspections, 13 were meat and poultry products, the agency said yesterday, urging consumers to choose such foods carefully and reheat them thoroughly. The agency released the results of aFULL STORY

Taiwan Taxi riders can use Apple Pay for fares, firm says

By Shelley Shan

Taiwan Taxi customers can now use Apple Pay to pay their fares, the nation’s largest taxi company said yesterday. The company already allows their passengers to pay taxi fares using EasyCards, credit cards, allPay, Alipay and a host of other online payment platforms. “Taiwan TaxiFULL STORY

Hualien County to fine inept climbers

The Hualien County Government has drafted a bill that would regulate mountaineering activities in response to a 350 percent spike in the number of hiking accidents over the past five years. The county recorded 42 such incidents last year, Hualien County Fire Department data showed. SuchFULL STORY

Taichung police believe 14-year-old crime solved

Staff Writer, with CNA

Taichung police have identified a suspect and obtained a confession in their investigation of an armed robbery that took place 14 years ago, the city’s Dongshi Precinct said on Tuesday. The suspect, who is serving a two-year prison sentence for an unrelated drug offense, toldFULL STORY

Centers for Disease Control announces third case of imported measles this year

By Lee I-chia

A 27-year-old Taiwanese man has been confirmed to have the nation’s third case of imported measles this year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said on Tuesday, adding that the man became infected while on vacation in Europe. The man, who lives in northern Taiwan, visitedFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

EVENTS Taipei 101 race nearing Applications for a race up Taipei 101’s stairs are to be accepted from noon tomorrow, with 3,000 entrants expected in the individual race and 30 teams in the group event, organizers said. The Taipei 101 Run Up, now in its 13th year,FULL STORY

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