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KMT motion for power probe vetoed

By Sean Lin

A Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus motion to form a cross-caucus investigative committee to probe Tuesday’s power failure was voted down yesterday by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers at a meeting ahead of the third extraordinary legislative session. The meeting was held to seek lawmakers’ opinionsFULL STORY

Government will try to ensure power supply: premier

Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said in an interview with the Central News Agency on Wednesday that the government would do its best to maintain a stable electricity supply, but added that it would not be an easy task due to the goal of reducing theFULL STORY

Reporters’ Notebook: Taiwan must confront its own right-wing extremists

By Lo Tien-pin and Cheng Hung-ta

The injury yesterday of a military police officer who was guarding the Presidential Office Building by a sword-wielding man highlighted the issue of meaningful defense around the building. Lawmakers and experts have over the past decade repeatedly warned the government that the building’s security is aFULL STORY

Interview: Lam Wing-kei says Taiwan kidnappings possible

By Su Yung-yao and Jake Chung

Cross-border kidnapping in Taiwan is possible, especially as there are people in Taiwan who share the Chinese regime’s ideals and support unification, former Causeway Bay Books manager Lam Wing-kei (林榮基) said, adding that the Chinese government would not be responsible, but others would act onFULL STORY

Tensions over N Korea could affect Taiwan: forum

Worsening relations between China and the US in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear expansion could have implications for Taiwan, experts said yesterday in a forum in Taipei on the development of Taiwan-US relations under changing dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region. US President Donald Trump’s administrationFULL STORY

Power woes show president cannot be trusted: KMT’s Wu

By Sean Lin

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) past assurances that the nation would not encounter an energy shortfall mean that her words cannot be trusted, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman-elect Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said on Thursday at a forum organized by the KMT. Tsai has said that the nationFULL STORY

Media players may breach copyright rules, NCC says

By Shelley Shan

Audio-visual content that people can access via digital media players might not be authorized content, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday, adding that the agency’s certification of the radio frequency devices did not extend to content accessible through the devices. The devices allow the displayFULL STORY

COA official outlines food security plan

By Lin Chia-nan

The nation should secure about 740,000 to 810,000 hectares of farmland to guarantee food supplies in case imports are blocked because of a natural disaster, Council of Agriculture (COA) Deputy Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said yesterday. Chen made the remarks at a seminar in Taipei organizedFULL STORY

Taipei Universiade: Items mark Games’ start

A limited-edition set of Taipei Summer Universiade-themed postcards is to be made available free to the public from today to celebrate the opening of the event. The Taipei City Government’s Department of Information and Tourism said it worked with illustrator Chen Yu-Lin (陳又凌) on 10 designsFULL STORY

Taipei Universiade: Chen Shui-bian denied Universiade ceremony request

Taichung Prison yesterday denied former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) request to attend the opening ceremony of the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade today, citing security concerns. The prison said in a statement that the event required Chen, who is on medical parole at his home in Kaohsiung,FULL STORY

Funding should go to student-lecturer ratio, union says

By Abraham Gerber

Funds for the Ministry of Education’s “Yushan Project” academic incentive plan should be used to improve student-lecturer ratios, education union members said yesterday. “The problem with the ministry’s plans is that they focus only on making stricter rules, but do not provide additional funding, which leadsFULL STORY

Taipei Universiade: Dancers welcome world to the Games

By Diane Baker

The eyes of the nation will be on the Taipei Municipal Stadium tonight as the opening ceremony of the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade gets under way at 6pm, including friends and family of the hundreds of Taiwanese dancers, university students and high-school students who willFULL STORY

Changhua KMT councilor jailed for drunk driving

By Jason Pan

A judge in Changhua County had enough of a local politician’s repeated convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol and handed him a seven-month prison sentence in addition to a fine, as the offender had gotten away with only paying fines in two previousFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

KINMEN Pop festival adds concert An international music festival which started on July 1 on the outlying island of Kinmen and features performances by renowned pop stars and bands has been a big hit with visitors and local residents, the county tourism department said. In order toFULL STORY

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