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Japan rejects fishing complaint: Hsieh

By Sean Lin

The Japanese government has rejected Taiwan’s protests over its use of excessive force against a Taiwanese fishing boat suspected of fishing earlier this month in disputed waters, Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) said yesterday. The Tung Pan Chiu No. 28 on March 3 was chasedFULL STORY

Be ready for military action: Chinese media

China should prepare for military action over Taiwan following passage of the US’ Taiwan Travel Act, an editorial in China’s Global Times said yesterday. China has to “strike back” against the US’ act, for example by pressuring the US in other areas of bilateral cooperation suchFULL STORY

Cabinet backs information security industry

By Chen Wei-han

The Cabinet has launched a plan to develop the information security industry with the goal of doubling its output value to NT$78 billion (US$2.68 billion) by 2025. The plan would help the industry develop a competitive edge in the international market and cultivate information security professionals,FULL STORY

Taiwan ranks third in index on global transformation

Taiwan ranked third overall out of 129 developing and transitional countries in an index compiled by a German foundation that measures each nation’s performance in terms of political and economic transformation. Bertelsmann Stiftung’s 2018 Transformation Index, which looks at a nation’s transformation efforts from February 2015FULL STORY

DPP New Taipei City aspirants must declare stance on Shenao plant: KMT

By Sean Lin

Prospective Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) New Taipei City mayoral candidates should make clear their stance on whether they would issue a permit for a new Shenao Power Plant in the city’s Rueifang District (瑞芳) to burn coal, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus said yesterday. AllFULL STORY

KMT submits signatures for judicial plebiscite

By Jonathan Chin

Led by former Presidential Office deputy secretary-general Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強), a group of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) members yesterday delivered 3,000 signatures to the Central Election Commission for a proposed referendum on interference in the nation’s judicial system by politicians and the government. Lo andFULL STORY

Ex-president’s son wins DPP Kaohsiung nomination

By Chen Wei-han

Chen Chih-chung (陳致中), former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) son, yesterday won the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) nomination to run for a council seat in Kaohsiung. The DPP on Wednesday announced the results of three opinion polls conducted by telephone, which saw Chen Chih-chung topping theFULL STORY

Sword-wielding attacker sentenced to seven years

By Jason Pan

Lu Chun-yi (呂軍億) was yesterday sentenced to a total of seven years in prison for the attempted murder of a military police officer outside the Presidential Office Building in Taipei on Aug. 18 last year, and for stealing and carrying a lethal weapon. The Taipei DistrictFULL STORY

Taoyuan airport ranked No. 1 in immigration: poll

By Shelley Shan

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was ranked No. 1 in airport immigration and No. 15 in the world’s top airports this year in Skytrax’s annual global airport customer satisfaction survey, Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) said yesterday. The results of the survey — and the resulting SkytraxFULL STORY

Salvaging Blackhawk wreck could take months

By Shelley Shan

Salvaging the wreckage of a UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter that crashed last month while transporting a patient from Orchid Island (Lanyu, 蘭嶼) could take two to three months, Aviation Safety Council Chairman Hwung Hwung-hweng (黃煌煇) told lawmakers yesterday. Hwung was at a meeting of the legislature’sFULL STORY

Love River color ‘natural,’ environmental unit says

By Jake Chung

The Love River’s (愛河) current milky color is not due to pollution, but the result of natural sedimentary decomposition, the Kaohsiung Environmental Protection Bureau official said yesterday. Tests of water samples sent to the Environmental Protection Administration’s Environmental Analysis Laboratory showed an overabundance of calcium andFULL STORY

Special police unit officer loses job for having drugs

By Jason Pan

The Special Police Sixth Corps yesterday dismissed an officer from his job for possession of amphetamines. Cheng Chieh-hsu (鄭介煦), 29, a mid-level officer in the unit responsible for protecting the president, vice president and other top government leaders, was found with a pouch containing 1.18g ofFULL STORY

FEATURE: Presidential scribes mark milestones

By Amber Wang

Deep in the high-ceilinged corridors of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, calligraphers craft messages on behalf of the nation’s leaders as they seek to keep the traditional art alive. The president and vice president appoint personal scribes who create everything from small notes to largeFULL STORY

Eighty-one-year-old barber washes hair ‘to stay young’

By Chou Min-hung and Jake Chung

“Lots of exercise and being social — that’s the secret to being happy every day,” said 81-year-old Lee Hung-sen (李紅森), a long-term volunteer at Taoyuan hospitals. Employees of the Ten-Chen Medical Group branch in Jhongli District (中壢), Ten-Chen General Hospital and Yeezen Hospital in Yangmei DistrictFULL STORY

Walking barefoot gives parasites a way in: doctor

By Chang Tsung-chiu and Jake Chung

Walking barefoot can provide a sense of proximity to nature, but doctors said that doing so might provide parasites access to the body. In one case, Changhua County Christian Hospital received a five-year-old boy from the county’s Fusing Township (福興) who complained of bruising on hisFULL STORY

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