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Taiwan News Quck Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ AVIATION

Wu's plane fails to take off

The Air Force yesterday said it would re-examine Premier Wu Den-yih’s (吳敦義) chartered FK-5003 after it failed to take off twice from Kaohsiung International Airport yesterday morning. Wu returned to Taipei on the high-speed rail link instead. Air Force spokesman Lieutenant General Pan Kong-hsiao (潘恭孝) told a press conference later in the day that because the plane’s alert lights turned red before both departure attempts, the pilots decided not to take off. The same plane’s landing gear caught fire in November when it landed at Taichung International Airport while President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was on board. The fire was swiftly put out by Air Force personnel. Pan said the reasons for the two incidents were different. He didn’t elaborate further.

■ CRIME

Fugitive finally detained

A man wanted for starting a fire that killed 28 people a quarter of a century ago has been detained by police just days before a 25-year-old arrest warrant expired, officers said yesterday. The suspect, identified only by his surname Chen (陳), had been on the run after he allegedly set a hotel ablaze in southern Taiwan in 1985 with the help of three other men, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said. One of Chen’s alleged accomplices was executed on a murder conviction, while the other two have been released from prison after serving their respective terms, the bureau said in a statement. Chen, now 50, had evaded the authorities until police got a tip-off on his whereabouts in December which led to his arrest on Tuesday, only eight days before the expiry of the arrest warrant.

■ MEDIA

Lee Teng-hui film aired

A documentary on former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) was premiered on the Asian network of the Biography Channel last night, the cable channel said. The one-hour documentary titled Lee Teng-hui: The First Chinese Democracy, was aired at 9pm in nine Asian markets, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. It focused on how Lee transformed Taiwan from an authoritarian regime into a full democracy in the 12 years of his presidency that began in 1988, following the death of president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國). One of Lee’s best known achievements was helping to bring about Taiwan’s first popular presidential election in 1996, in which he scored a comfortable victory.

■ SPORTS

Kaohsiung to bid for events

Kaohsiung City Government was yesterday granted the right to compete to host three international sports events on behalf of Taiwan. City government Deputy Secretary-General Hsu Chao-chuan (?? said the city would submit its plans to host the 2013 Asian Youth Games, the 2013 Asian Indoor Games and the 2016 Asian Beach Games to the International Olympic Committee by the end of the year, adding that the city government was confident of its capability of hosting the three events given its success hosting the World Games last summer. If the city wins the right to host any of the three events, it would be the first time the events have taken place in Taiwan, Hsu said. Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) said the city government would compete for the right to host any major international sports event that would help boost the city’s profile internationally.

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