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Taiwan quick take

Phenomena

Chiayi woman spots UFO

A white, oval unidentified flying object described as being the size of a basketball was sighted and videotaped by a Chiayi woman on Sunday. A "UFO specialist" did not rule out that it could have been an object from outer space. The woman, surnamed Wang, reported that her child was playing in the yard Sunday evening when she saw the object moving in a bamboo copse in front of the house. Alerted by the child's shout, Wang saw the object moving noiselessly and immediately videotaped the scene. The woman reported that the object was tinged with green around the edges. It moved up and down, right and left for nearly 20 minutes before flying rapidly southward and out of sight.

Security

Man attempts attack

Presidential Office spokesman James Huang (黃志芳) warned the public yesterday not the to challenge the office's security by breaking the law. The comments came after a 33-year old man was arrested yesterday for an attempted attack on the Presidential Office. Huang said Chiang Kao-yuan (江高原) was pouring gasoline along the sidewalk in front of the Presidential Office and was arrested by security guards before he was able to ignite the gasoline. After interrogation, Chiang was suspected of being mentally ill. According to Huang, Chiang told police that he had written an e-mail to President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) asking for help. Chiang said in the e-mail that the government had inserted a chip in his brain when he was born, causing him to suffer both mentally and physically.

Diplomacy

Moscow office turns 10

Taiwan's representative office in Moscow celebrated its 10th anniversary on Sunday. Representative Chen Rong-jye (陳榮傑) said at a reception to mark the event that the economic and cultural exchanges between Russia and Taiwan have increased substantially since the office opened. He thanked friends in Russia for helping to make this improvement possible.

Health

Official urges vigilance

With more people going abroad during the summer, a public health official called yesterday for vigilance against outbreaks of dengue fever -- a mosquito-transmitted disease. Lin Ting (林鼎), a division chief with the Center for Disease Control, said Thailand, India, Hong Kong, Australia and Cambodia have all reported dengue fever outbreaks in recent months. "Local people should remain alert when traveling in those countries to avoid contracting the disease and possibly triggering an outbreak in Taiwan," Lin said.

Cross-strait ties

HK bill a blow to unification

The Cabinet said yesterday the controversy over an anti-subversion bill in Hong Kong has dashed hopes the nation might reunite with China on Beijing's terms. "We have never harbored any illusions about `one country, two systems,'" Cabinet spokesman Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said, referring to the formula China adopted to govern Hong Kong by promising the former British colony a high degree of autonomy. "The recent development in Hong Kong shows the entire world `one country, two systems' doesn't work in Hong Kong and won't work in Taiwan. It's a total failure."

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