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NGO takes credit for Lee Ching-yu trip

By Chung Li-hua

Lee Ching-yu’s (李凈瑜) trip to the US last week to seek help in freeing her husband, human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), was arranged by US non-governmental organization (NGO) China Aid, a statement released yesterday by a task force involved with the rescue efforts said. LeeFULL STORY

Marriage deadline, method unsure: Cabinet

By Chen Wei-han

The Cabinet has no conception or deadline for the legalization of same-sex marriage, which would involve a set of legal revisions regarding marital property rights, inheritance and parenthood, the Executive Yuan said yesterday. In a landmark ruling, the Council of Grand Justices on Wednesday ruled inFULL STORY

Group calls for ghost money to be thrown at judiciary

The public should toss ghost money at the Judicial Yuan to symbolize their loss of faith in the judicial system, representatives of the anti-marriage equality National Religions Alliance said yesterday in response to the Council of Grand Justices’ ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. The councilFULL STORY

NCC calls Formosa TV head for questioning

By Shelley Shan

The National Communications Commission (NCC) on Wednesday said Formosa TV (FTV, 民視) management must come to the commission for an interview next week to help it review the television network’s license renewal application. NCC spokesperson Wong Po-tsung (翁柏宗) said FTV’s license is to expire on JuneFULL STORY

Prison to tighten evaluations for Chen Shui-bian

By Yang Cheng-chun, Yang Kuo-wen, Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jake Chun

Taichung Prison on Wednesday night said it would submit petitions tendered by former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to attend events to stricter evaluations and require medical reports after Chen allegedly breached provisions of an agreement to attend a fundraiser last week. Chen, on medical parole amidFULL STORY

Chiayi earthquakes not a predictor of bigger event

By Shelley Shan

Six earthquakes that occurred between Wednesday afternoon and yesterday afternoon in the Chiayi area should not be interpreted as signs that bigger earthquakes are on hand, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday. Data collected by the CWB show the epicenters of the six earthquakes, whichFULL STORY

Cold medicine recalled over fraud

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered the removal from sale of all cold medicine produced by Tien Liang Biotech Co (天良生物科技企業) after the firm was found to have doctored the expiration date of its cold medicine, the administration said yesterday. FDA deputy sectionFULL STORY

Man is arrested after fake brand shoes cause a rash

By Chen Yi-yun and Jake Chung

A man has been arrested and charged with selling counterfeit brand-name footwear and clothing that would have been worth more than NT$4 million (US$132,961) if genuine, police said yesterday. According to a source, a 20-year-old female surnamed Chen (陳) bought multiple items from the 41-year-old nightFULL STORY

‘The Mummy’ cast visit Taipei for movie premier

Hollywood movie star Tom Cruise yesterday said he was thrilled to visit Taiwan for the fourth time and expressed hope that moviegoers will enjoy his new action-horror film The Mummy. “I’m very, very excited to be here. This is my fourth time in this countryFULL STORY

Doctor warns parents on sleep apnea in children

By Lee I-chia

Sleep apnea in children can reduce their growth and even lead to development and learning problems, a pediatrician said yesterday, urging parents to keep an eye out for the disorder’s common symptoms. A boy had grown less than 2cm in one semester when he was inFULL STORY

CDC warns of flu epidemic as nation goes on holiday

By Lee I-chia

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday announced it was expanding eligibility for government-funded flu anti-viral medication as the number of people treated for flu-like symptoms last week exceeded 65,000. The centers said that starting yesterday, “family members, colleagues and classmates of people with flu-like illness”FULL STORY

Mobile Forest puts nature on bus

By Huang Chien-hao and Jake Chung

A “Mobile Forest” bus, a conceptual creation hoping to bring nature closer to urban commuters, was launched in Taipei on Wednesday morning. The interior of the bus is decorated with Taiwanese flowers and the walkway is paved with artificial turf. The exterior of the bus featuresFULL STORY

Office announces events to mark Canadian celebration

The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei on Wednesday announced a series of events to be held later this year to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, including a Canada Day celebration in Taipei and a video contest, with the winner to receive aFULL STORY

Pork dish focus of Taipei Government promotional push

Taiwan is to promote another of its popular local street foods, braised pork rice, following success marketing beef noodles. The Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Department of Commerce said it would sponsor the Taiwan Braised Pork Rice Festival, inviting between 50 and 100 shops famous for theFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

SOCIETY Ramadan tolerance urged The Taipei City Government urged employers to show more tolerance and respect for Muslim workers during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of dawn-to-dusk fasting that begins today. Taipei is home to more than 40,000 migrant workers, of which 74 percent are Indonesian nationals,FULL STORY

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