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Call is a positive sign of exchanges, ex-minister says

By Aaron Tu

Former minister of national defense Michael Tsai (蔡明憲) yesterday said a phone call between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and US president-elect Donald Trump, and the recent approval of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act by the US House of Representatives, are positive signs for militaryFULL STORY

US Republicans hail Tsai-Trump call as ‘important’

By Nadia Tsao and William Hetherington

A number of Republican politicians lauded the telephone call between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and US president-elect Donald Trump as an important development in Taiwan-US relations. The conversation on Friday was the first publicly reported call between a Taiwanese leader and a US president or president-electFULL STORY

Restart of cross-strait dialogue possible

Continued gestures of goodwill from Taiwan could eventually lead to the restart of cross-strait dialogue and cooperation with China, Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Tien Hung-mao (田弘茂) said on Friday. He said the creation of a friendly environment through goodwill would benefit people on both sides.FULL STORY

US House passes Taiwan-US military exchanges draft

The US House of Representatives on Friday passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which for the first time included a section on senior military exchanges with Taiwan. The bill, which was passed 375-34, is to be forwarded to the US SenateFULL STORY

Government plans to inject NT$170bn into IT development

By Yang Mien-chieh and Jake Chung

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said the government is planning to invest NT$170 billion (US$5.32 billion) in information technology, which is to play a major role in government policies. Tsai made the remarks yesterday at the commencement ceremony for Information Technology (IT) Month. The economy is notFULL STORY

Groups protest ministry’s failures to help disabled

By Lee I-chia

Dozens of members of nine human rights groups yesterday observed International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a protest in front of the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Taipei, saying that the ministry’s policy on people with disabilities fails to address obstacles they meetFULL STORY

Taoyuan announces fares for airport metro

Fares for the highly anticipated metro line that connects downtown Taipei and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the nation’s main international gateway, have been set at a maximum of NT$160, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) said on Friday. A ride between Taipei Main Station and HuanbeiFULL STORY

COA tightens bird flu rules

The Council of Agriculture (COA) on Friday said that it has tightened monitoring measures in Tainan and Yilan County, after new cases of avian influenza were confirmed in samples collected from migratory and other wild birds in wetlands in the two regions. The council’s BureauFULL STORY

Family confirms astrologer Vivian’s death

By Lee Ching-hui and Jake Chung

The death of astrologer Chen Chia-ying (陳佳瑛), best known as Vivian, was confirmed yesterday by her father, Chen Lien-chun (陳連春). Vivian’s parents said in a statement that she died on Wednesday from illness, but had led a full and content life, adding that they wanted toFULL STORY

Police identify 21 people linked to protest violence

By Jason Pan

Taipei police yesterday identified 21 people connected to violence on Friday, in which Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) was attacked during a protest by labor rights advocates outside of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, and summoned them for questioning. “We worked around theFULL STORY

Food products from Japanese areas are not on sale: agency

By Lee I-chia

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday rejected as rumors claims that food products produced in Japanese prefectures surrounding the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant can be purchased in Taiwan, urging the public not to buy food products without Chinese-language labels. The Council of Agriculture andFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

WEATHER Low temperatures forecast As northeast seasonal winds weakened yesterday, temperatures could dip to as low as 15?C next week in northern Taiwan, weather forecaster Daniel Wu (吳德榮) said. The weather was likely to improve from yesterday with less chance of rain. Today and tomorrow there remainsFULL STORY

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