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NPP lists hopefuls with crime records

By Ann Maxon

Sixty-six minor-party and independent candidates standing in the Nov. 24 city and county councilor elections have been involved in criminal cases, including 14 corruption cases and 42 cases of election fraud or breach of election law, the New Power Party (NPP) said yesterday. A number ofFULL STORY

Fifteen candidates barred from running on Nov. 24

By Chen Yu-fu and Jonathan Chin

The Central Election Commission yesterday disqualified 15 city and county councilor hopefuls for having run afoul of the law or electoral procedures, including China Unification Promotion Party member Lee Cheng-lung (李承龍), who in June was convicted of vandalizing a statue of a Japanese engineer inFULL STORY

Pope Francis has no plans to visit Taiwan: Vatican

The Vatican has issued a statement saying that Pope Francis is not making plans to visit Taiwan, after Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) reiterated an invitation to the pontiff during his recent visit to Vatican City. After arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Tuesday fromFULL STORY

KMT caucus urges CEC chairman to drop appeal

By Sean Lin

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus yesterday urged Central Election Commission (CEC) Chairman Chen Ying-chin (陳英鈐) not to appeal a ruling by the Taipei High Administrative Court that the commission should accept follow-up submissions for petitions that it rejected. The court on Wednesday ruled thatFULL STORY

Chinese asylum seekers not to be sent back, but further inquiry needed: MAC

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan will not send back two Chinese passport-holders who last month applied for political asylum during a transit stop at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, a Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) spokesman said on Wednesday. Council Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) did not respond directly when asked whetherFULL STORY

Harassment goes unpunished due to loophole: NPP

By Ann Maxon

New Power Party Legislator Hung Tzu-yung (洪慈庸) yesterday called for legislation to punish schools that fail to discipline staff found guilty of sexual misconduct, after the Ministry of Education admitted that it has been “frustrated” when trying to have disciplinary measures executed. The ministry has failedFULL STORY

Remote systems to replace troops on islands, sources say

By Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung

The Ministry of National Defense is to downsize garrisons on outlying islands and in riverside defense areas, while shoring up and possibly assigning frontline duties to automated defense systems to make up for the smaller military presence, sources said. All personnel on outlying islands and inFULL STORY

Fourth arrest in brutal murder

By Jason Pan

New Taipei City police yesterday arrested a US citizen in Yonghe District (永和) as the fourth suspect in a brutal murder and dismemberment case, after he reportedly helped destroy evidence. The man surnamed Hobbie, 46, has been in Taiwan for eight years, police said. He is marriedFULL STORY

Two KMT politicians facing jail

By Jason Pan

The Supreme Court yesterday convicted two prominent Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) politicians of graft and corruption, and sentenced them to prison. Former Nantou County commissioner Lee Chao-ching (李朝卿) faces 30 years in jail after the court upheld an earlier guilty ruling that he breached provisions ofFULL STORY

No proof of Chinese microchips in devices, NCC says

By Shelley Shan

The government has yet to find any communications device that has been implanted with a Chinese microchip, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday, adding that the government has established an Internet of Things (IoT) laboratory to enhance device inspections. The commission was scheduled to briefFULL STORY

Peach apologizes, gives compensation for diverted flights

By Shelley Shan

Japanese budget airline Peach Aviation late on Wednesday apologized and offered compensation to passengers it refused to allow to disembark when two of its flights were diverted from Kaohsiung to Taoyuan on Tuesday. The Kaohsiung International Airport closed its runway for more than five hours afterFULL STORY

Tainan alters law after demolishment

By Liu Wan-chun, Wu Chun-feng and Jonathan Chin

The Tainan Municipal Cultural Heritage Administration on Monday said it would provide broader legal protection to potential heritage sites after an 80-year-old mansion in Sinying District (新營) was demolished on Saturday last week. The colonial-style house, owned by members of a family surnamed Kuo (郭), onFULL STORY

Kinmen agency unveils superhero-themed figurines

By Wu Cheng-ting and Jonathan Chin

Captain Kinmen and Kinmen Wonder Woman were unveiled on Friday last week as the Kinmen Civil Service’s Department of Ethics’ seventh-generation mascots for honest government. Part traditional design and part pop culture, the figurines were created by Wang Ming-tsung (王明宗), a maker of traditional guardian lionsFULL STORY

Chiayi work reanimates traditional salt industry

By Tsai Tsung-hsun and Sherry Hsiao

Tsai Jiung-chiau (蔡炅樵), director of the Chiayi County Budai Cultural Association, is leading an effort to revive traditional methods of extracting sea salt. In 2002, industrialization saw the end of manual sea salt harvesting after more than 300 years. That year, dozens of salt workers changed careersFULL STORY

Anti-drugs efforts touted after decline in number of deaths

Twenty-eight people died in the first eight months of the year after using new forms of illegal drugs, fewer than a year earlier, reflecting the government’s anti-drug efforts, authorities said on Wednesday. However, the use of such drugs is spreading quickly, they said. Of the 28, 22FULL STORY

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