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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with agencies

CRIME

Man fights off kidnappers

A Taiwanese man was shot and wounded as he fought off kidnappers in the southern Philippines, days after gunmen freed another trader when their getaway car ran out of gasoline, police said yesterday. Jung Yeh-lai, 30, was recuperating in a hospital in Zamboanga City under police guard after he was wounded by one of three gunmen who posed as customers, then tried to drag him outside the office of his import-export business on Saturday, police regional director Edwin Corvera said. The attackers fled in a waiting speedboat, he said. The kidnapping attempt came just days after another victim in Zamboanga was abandoned by his abductors who were being chased by police, Senior Superintendent Cedric Train said.

ROBOTICS

Taiwan takes nine medals

Competing against top contestants from around the world, teams from Taiwan won nine medals in various competition categories at this year’s World Robot Olympiad (WRO), which ended in Manila on Sunday. The WRO is an event where science, technology and education bring together young people from all over the globe to apply their creativity and problem-solving skills in educational robot competitions. The contest, first held in Singapore in 2004, is conducted among three different age groups: elementary, junior and senior. Up against 1,200 students from 22 countries, the 80 members of 24 Taiwanese teams, representing various private and public schools, took home one silver medal in the open category for senior-high school students and one bronze in the elementary open category. The award for Most Popular Robot in the junior-high category also went to Taiwan.

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