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Business and money top best-sellers in e-book list

By Dennis Xie

Books about business and money occupied more than half of the top 100 best-selling e-books in Taiwan, a list published on Tuesday by the Canadian e-book seller Kobo showed. Finance and business books accounted for 52 spots on the best-seller list, while literature and humanities tookFULL STORY

CDC to begin next vaccinations

By Lee I-chia

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday said the second phase of government-funded flu vaccinations is to begin today for people 65 years or older and preschool children. However, only 1,305 local public health centers and medical facilities, excluding Matsu, would provide the service today, asFULL STORY

‘Disorder’ voted character of year

By William Hetherington

The Chinese character for “disorder” (亂) has been voted as the representative character for this year, local media reported yesterday. Visitors to a Web site established by Chinese-language United Daily News chose from 42 characters over the 24-day annual event, which this year was cohosted byFULL STORY

CCU launches its weather index to predict rainbows

A Chinese Culture University (CCU) professor last month launched a rainbow forecasting system aimed at helping tourists, meteorologists and photographers know when and where to find rainbows. Atmospheric science professor Chou Kun-hsuan (周昆炫) said earlier this week that the “Rainbow Weather Index” is based onFULL STORY

US Science journal features Taiwan bird study on cover

A US scientific journal last week published a Taiwanese-US collaborative study and featured a Taiwanese blue magpie in flight on its cover, which a Taiwanese-American researcher said was a nod to the nation’s strength in scientific research. The journal Cell on Wednesday last week featured theFULL STORY

Parade marks 40 years since Formosa Incident

By Wang Jung-hsiang

A parade marking the 40th anniversary of the Kaohsiung Incident was held in the city yesterday to commemorate the sacrifices of people who fought for the nation’s democracy, freedom and human rights. The Kaohsiung Incident, also known as the Formosa Incident, refers to a police crackdown,FULL STORY

Declassified bureau files reveal how the KMT monitored ‘Formosa Magazine’

By ChenYu-fu

Recently declassified National Security Bureau files showed that the former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regime was keeping close tabs on Formosa Magazine and learned the entire content of its first issue before it went to print. Formosa Magazine was at the center of 1979’s Kaohsiung Incident,FULL STORY

DPP to pass anti-infiltration bill: source

By Lee Hsin-fang and Chiu Chih-jo

As the current legislative session draws to an end, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus has reportedly decided to pass its proposed anti-infiltration bill, a source close to the matter said yesterday. The draft last week advanced to a second reading. Although the Executive Yuan has saidFULL STORY

Tsai Ing-wen likens herself to Hakka martyr

By Chiu Chih-jou, Hsu Li-chuan and William Hetherington

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said that being “unafraid to make sacrifices” and dedicated to “the protection of the nation” were qualities she shared with an 18th century Hakka martyr. Tsai, who is seeking re-election on Jan. 11, made the remark during a campaign eventFULL STORY

KMT says it is battling to pay its staff’s salaries

By Ben Blanchard

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Friday said it was struggling to pay staff a month ahead of the presidential and legislative elections on Jan. 11, due to an asset freeze previously put in place by the government to investigate ill-gotten gains. “In spite of this,FULL STORY

Ministry to expand scope of subsidies for chartered flights

The Ministry of Transportation and Communication Friday announced that it would widen the scope of subsidies for charter flights arriving in Taiwan. The move is part of government efforts to boost local tourism as tourist numbers from China fall. Minister of Transportation and Communications LinFULL STORY

Taipei donates to Venice disaster recovery efforts

The government has donated 100,000 euros (US$110,588) to Venice in Italy to help with recovery efforts after severe flooding in November, which damaged many cultural and heritage sites, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. In the worst flooding in Venice in more than 50FULL STORY

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