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Court rules BCC land ownership illegal

By Chen Hui-ping and Jake Chung

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday continued to press the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) over its “ill-gotten party assets” after a ruling on Tuesday that questioned the legitimacy of its possession of properties in New Taipei City. The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a TaiwanFULL STORY

Councilors in suing war over explosions

Alison Hsiao

Greater Kaohsiung City Council’s Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus is suing Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) for dereliction of duty that resulted in the loss of lives, while the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus on the council has countered with legal action against Vice President WuFULL STORY

Lien China’s ‘Trojan Horse’: DPP

Lu Heng- chien, Kuo An-chia and Jason Pan

Questioning the vast wealth and property holdings of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien (連勝文), several Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei city councilors accused Lien of setting up business ventures that are nothing more than a “Trojan Horse” for Chinese conglomerates toFULL STORY

Groups call for MAC to halt talks during probe

Loa Iok-sin

Following allegations that former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) leaked classified negotiation information to China, civic groups yesterday panned the government’s handling of the issue, calling on MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) to step down and demanding that all cross-strait talksFULL STORY

Journalist suing police after alleged violence and attack on press freedom

Chien Li-chung and Jason Pan

A journalist for online news agency Newtalk went to the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday to press charges against New Taipei City police in a bid to uphold freedom of the press, and to protest against police violence toward media workers. News reporter Lin Yu-yo (林雨佑)FULL STORY

Forum discusses merits of possible free-trade zones

Experts from Taiwan and China agreed at a forum in Taipei on Tuesday that the two sides should cooperate more closely in economic and trade liberalization to address global challenges. Zhang Youwen (張幼文), director of the Institute of World Economy at the Shanghai Academy of SocialFULL STORY

New appeal bid for longest serving death row inmate

By Loa Iok-sin

Human rights and judicial reform advocates yesterday filed an extraordinary appeal for death row inmate Chiou Ho-shun (邱和順), who has been imprisoned for nearly 23 years after he was sentenced to death for two homicides in 1987. They said the evidence against Chiou was questionableFULL STORY

Call to change laws regulating e-cigarettes

By Stacy Hsu

A number of anti-smoking advocates yesterday urged the government to regulate electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product rather than a controlled drug to address rampant illegal sales of the device. The call came one day after the WHO report called for tighter regulation of e-cigarettes, includingFULL STORY

Workers not happy: survey

More than 60 percent of employees in this nation suffer “mental and physical hardship” at work, according to the results of a survey released by 1111 Job Bank yesterday. The online employment agency said that about 62 percent of respondents said that they feel burdenedFULL STORY

Budai Township’s visitor center to become a hotel

By Shelley Shan

The visitor center in Chiayi County’s Budai Township (布袋) will be converted into a three-star hotel under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model, the Tourism Bureau said. The bureau has selected Ke Hong International, a Chiayi-based contractor, to build and manage the hotel. The BOT contract will beFULL STORY

NCC downplays fears about Ting Hsin buying CNS

By Shelley Shan

The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said that it will consider all factors when reviewing Ting Hsin International Group’s acquisition of cable service operator China Network Systems (CNS) to determine if the deal would bring undue influence to media content. “We have yet to seeFULL STORY

Bureau tightens rules on tour payments

By Shelley Shan

Chinese travel agencies offering high-quality tours must make full payment before they can secure entry permits to Taiwan, the Tourism Bureau said yesterday. The “pay first, service later” principle represents a major change in government policy, Tourism Bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Hsi-tsung (張錫聰) said. He said thatFULL STORY

Review of proposal to extend Chinese visits postponed

A proposal to extend the number of days Chinese tourists are allowed to stay in Taiwan has been put on hold because of security concerns raised by an opposition lawmaker, the National Immigration Agency said on Tuesday. The agency on Aug. 11 announced partial amendmentsFULL STORY

Line increases prices for sticker, icon downloads

By Kan Chih-chi and Jason Pan

Fans of popular social messaging app Line have to fork out more money starting today, as the Japanese company has doubled the prices of its icons and stickers from NT$30 to NT$60. “We have many Taiwan illustrators who have been producing outstanding graphic art andFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

CRIME LCY’s Lee out on bail LCY Chemical Corp chairman and chief executive officer Bowei Lee (李謀偉) was released on NT$20 million (US$666,882) bail late on Tuesday after being listed as a potential defendant in the case on the deadly gas pipeline explosions that rocked Greater KaohsiungFULL STORY

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