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Tsai promises to fight for Pingpu legal recognition

By Loa Iok-sin

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday vowed to push for legal recognition of Pingpu Aborigines as well as Aboriginal autonomy once elected president. Tsai made the vows during a news conference in Taipei to present her Aboriginal policy platform, marking her first policyFULL STORY

Court finds Tainan speaker’s top aide Huang guilty

By Jason Pan

Huang Teng-ching (黃澄清), top aide to Tainan City Council Speaker Lee Chuan-chao (李全教) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), was found guilty of vote-buying in last year’s nine-in-one elections and sentenced to five years in prison by the Tainan District Court on Friday. Two other people,FULL STORY

Taichung plant, firm need to cut pollution: lawmaker

By Huang Chung-shan and Ho Tsung-hsien

A coal-fired power station and Dragon Steel Corp, which are the biggest sources of air pollution in Taichung, should create emissions reduction plans and implement measures to cut air pollution, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said on Friday. The two facilities should collectFULL STORY

Soldier allegedly bullied, sexually assaulted airman

By Jason Pan

Public prosecutors are investigating accusations of bullying and sexual assault by an airman against a fellow serviceman at an air force training center near Jiashan Airbase (佳山) in Hualien County. After an investigation by prosecutors, information on the case was released yesterday on an incident thatFULL STORY

US should ‘openly’ declare its intent to defend Taiwan from China: think tank

By William Lowther

A new commentary published by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said the US should declare “openly and unequivocally” that it will defend Taiwan against any Chinese coercion or aggression. Written by Joseph Bosco, a former China desk officer at the US DepartmentFULL STORY

Curriculum Protests: Student activists vow to ‘fight to the end’

By Abraham Gerber

Students occupying the Ministry of Education’s courtyard yesterday expressed their determination to “fight to the end” and continue their protest until the controversial new curriculum guidelines are withdrawn. “We will not withdraw until the curriculum guidelines are withdrawn,” student spokesman Liao Chung-lun (廖崇倫) of Taichung FirstFULL STORY

Curriculum Protests: Support for free thinking

By Tang Chia-ling and Chen Wei-han

Academia Sinica researchers underlined students’ ability to resist political manipulation and think independently amid allegations that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is behind the recent high-school student-led protests against the Ministry of Education’s controversial adjustments to high-school curriculum guidelines. The allegation was brought up again onFULL STORY

Curriculum Protests: Efforts needed to prevent emulation suicide: doctor

By Lin Hui-chin and Jake Chung

Efforts must be taken to prevent young people committing suicide like student protester Dai Lin (林冠華), as youths have been known to emulate suicidal events of their peers, Tri-Service General Hospital department of psychology director Yeh Chi-pin (葉啟斌) said. Lin, a member of the Northern TaiwanFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

DEFENSE Navy considering upgrades The navy is planning to upgrade its fleet of Sikorsky S-70C anti-submarine warfare helicopters in an effort to maintain the nation’s self-defense capabilities, a military source confirmed yesterday. The official’s remarks confirmed a report in yesterday’s edition of the Chinese-language Liberty Times (theFULL STORY

Curriculum Protests: Timeline of yesterday’s curriculum change protests2015-08-01

Timeline of yesterday’s curriculum change protestsFULL STORY

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