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KAOHSIUNG INFERNO: Residents recount tales of terror, help from strangers

By Huang Wen-huang, Fang Chih-hsien and Jake Chung

Many residents in Greater Kaohsiung’s Cianjhen (前鎮) and Lingya (苓雅) districts were startled awake by the explosions that began before midnight on Thursday and continued into the early hours of yesterday morning, many fleeing their homes thinking there had been an earthquake. “It was terrifying toFULL STORY

KAOHSIUNG INFERNO: Grim scenes at hospitals, funeral parlor

By Chen Yu-cheng and Huang Chia-ling

While the destruction caused by the series of gas explosions left Greater Kaohsiung streets looking much like a war zone, battle scenes extended to hospital emergency rooms around the city. The Greater Kaohsiung Government launched its mass casualty response program early yesterday morning, preparing hospitals forFULL STORY

KAOHSIUNG INFERNO: Ma vows to review petrochemical pipelines

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday vowed that the government would thoroughly examine the locations of underground petrochemical pipelines after a series of gas explosions in Greater Kaohsiung, suspected to have been caused by a propene pipeline leak, killed at least 26 people and injured atFULL STORY

KAOHSIUNG INFERNO: Flags to fly at half-mast for three days: premier

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

The national flag will fly at half-mast for three days from Tuesday to Thursday to mourn the victims of last Wednesday’s crash of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 in Penghu and of the multiple gas explosions in Greater Kaohsiung that began after midnight on Thursday, theFULL STORY

Taoyuan cultural site saved from demolition

Lee Jung-ping, Hsieh Wu-hsiung and Jake Chung

The Taoyuan County decided on Tuesday to override a construction company’s decision to demolish the Tao Ton Tang Yu Ming Ti (道東堂玉明邸) house in Taoyuan County’s Yangmei Township (楊梅), reclassifying the building as a “temporary heritage unit” after writers and activists opposed the demolition. The constructionFULL STORY

Gay couples try to marry

Loa Iok-sin

Twenty-eight same-sex couples yesterday showed up at a Taipei household registration office, applying to make marriage registrations despite the Civil Code stipulating that a marriage must be a union between a man and a woman. As part of a campaign pushing for the legalization of same-sexFULL STORY

Tour bus drivers allegedly hit tourist

The Tourism Bureau is investigating an incident in which two tour bus drivers in Taitung County allegedly hit a woman from China on Wednesday amid an argument about her unwillingness to buy merchandise from travel agency-affiliated shops. A TV news reported earlier on Thursday thatFULL STORY

US official chides China over spy ship2014-08-01

By William Lowther

A leading member of the US Congress has condemned China for sending a spy ship to the ongoing Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercises, saying that in the future participation in the biennial drills should be reserved for US allies and partners such asFULL STORY

Student leader Lin disagrees with DPP2014-08-01

By Jason Pan

Prominent Sunflower movement leader Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) does not see eye-to-eye with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on major issues, he said in an interview this week, where he reasserted his advocacy for Taiwan to become a sovereign, independent nation. The 26-year-old is a graduate studentFULL STORY

US grants Wang Dan’s permit plea2014-08-01

By Alison Hsiao

Exiled Chinese democracy activist Wang Dan (王丹) yesterday said that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has granted his request to speed up the processing of his re-entry permit to the US out of humanitarian concern. Wang announced the development on Facebook yesterday. He madeFULL STORY

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