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Police summon student who hurled ‘Formosa Betrayed’ at President Ma

By Alison Hsiao

Yen Ming-wei (顏銘緯), the student who hurled a book at President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) last week, has been notified that police want to question him because at least two people are separately suing him, alleging he incurred physical harm and obstructed officers from discharging theirFULL STORY

Chinese spy satellites ‘might threaten navy’

By William Lowther

China has launched new spy satellites that might further threaten Taiwanese warships in the case of a military clash, a US expert said. “Beijing’s looming ability to overwhelm Taiwan’s combat ships is a key reason Washington must help Taipei to obtain submarines,” veteran military analyst RichardFULL STORY

Submarines still top shopping list, minister says

By Jason Pan

The nation’s top priority in buying arms from the US is obtaining submarines to bolster its naval defense, while buying more advanced fighter jets is second on the list, according to Minister of National Defense Yen Ming (嚴明). “Our first priority is the purchase of diesel-electricFULL STORY

Ko rebuts more questions about personal finances

By Loa Iok-sin

Independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday dismissed questions about his personal finances made by former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) and defended the National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) against accusations that it failed to declare one of its bank accounts.FULL STORY

Allies urge the nation’s inclusion in UN groups

The annual debate of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly concluded on Tuesday, during which 16 of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies spoke out for the country, the same number as last year. Taiwan should be allowed to participate in UN specialized organizations, said the headsFULL STORY

NSC stays silent on state of King Pu-tsung’s health

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

The National Security Council (NSC) yesterday did not comment on a report that said council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) recently underwent coronary artery stenting, referring inquiries to another report carried by the state-owned Central News Agency (CNA). According to a report by the Chinese-language Liberty TimesFULL STORY

New Taipei City rejects plan for fuel rod storage

By Sean Lin

The New Taipei City Government yesterday rejected Taiwan Power Co’s (Taipower) soil and water conservation plan for dry-storing 1,680 bundles of spent nuclear fuel rods at the Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant, citing concerns over flooding and the site’s resilience against earthquakes. City Agriculture Department Secretary-GeneralFULL STORY

No US Ebola warning, CDC says

By Stacy Hsu

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday said that it currently does not plan to raise the travel warning for the US, which saw its first imported case of Ebola confirmed on Tuesday. “Judging from the quality and standards of the US’ public health and medicalFULL STORY

HPA issues measures against cancer

By Stacy Hsu

The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) yesterday issued a set of 10 measures to prevent cancer as part of its efforts to help the public combat a disease that is expected to affect 22 million people worldwide annually over the next two decades. “According to the currentFULL STORY

Frankfurt Book Fair to host Taiwanese graphic novelists

The Taiwan pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest book fair in the world, is to feature a graphic novel section for the first time this year. The new section will showcase graphic novels by Taiwanese artists. Two graphic novelists — Juan Kuang-min (阮光民)FULL STORY

Taipei says Matsu festival is to be free from incense

By Abraham Gerber

Worshipers at this year’s Matsu Cultural Festival will not be allowed to burn incense or paper money, Taipei’s Department of Civic Affairs said yesterday. Matsu is one of Taiwan’s most important traditional deities, with 17 temples in Taipei alone. Official worship in Taipei was originallyFULL STORY

Migrant stay limits may be eliminated

By Lii Wen

Migrant workers might no longer have to leave the country every three years if a proposal by the Ministry of Labor now under review by the legislature is passed. If passed, the measures would take effect next year. The ministry said it has drafted an amendmentFULL STORY

Overtime proposed for work orders sent by apps

By Lii Wen

Employees who receive work orders after hours through instant messaging applications should receive overtime pay, according to an amendment proposed by lawmakers yesterday during a question-and-answer session with Minister of Labor Chen Hsiung-wen (陳雄文). In the wake of a confirmed case of “overwork at home” thatFULL STORY

Taipei taxes on non-resident housing to rise

By Abraham Gerber

Taxes on non-resident housing in Taipei are set to double, according to a bill passed yesterday by the Taipei City Council’s Laws and Regulations Committee. Rates are set to rise from 1.2 percent to 2.4 percent for the first two non-residential housing units and 3.6 percentFULL STORY

Flavor Full Foods chairman and brother sentenced

Two former senior executives of a cooking oil company were each sentenced on Tuesday to one year and four months in prison, suspended for two years, and NT$25 million (US$821,000) in fines for mixing cheaper oils into the company’s well-known “pure” sesame oil products soldFULL STORY

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