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SOCIETY

Divorce rate dips slightly

A total of 53,144 couples were divorced last year, down 0.8 percent from the previous year, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of the Interior. On average, 145.6 couples were divorced every day last year, 1.25 fewer per day than in 2013, the statistics showed. Last year’s numbers also showed a trend toward a higher divorce rate among couples who had been married for less than five years (31.28 percent) and those married for more than a decade (46.29 percent) last year. In 2004, just 39.99 percent of couples getting divorced had been married for more than a decade, the ministry said. Asked about reasons behind this trend, ministry officials cited marriages to foreigners as a possible factor. In 2004, the divorce rate for those who had been married to foreigners for more than decade, including people from Hong Kong, Macau or China, was 3.34 percent, but last year it was 41.9 percent.

SOCIETY

Mother presses charges

The mother of an eighth-grade student who was hit by a truck in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Yingge District (鶯歌) late last month on Saturday accused a schoolmate of her son of attempted murder for pushing her son into traffic. Chinese-language media reports said the eighth-grader, surnamed Hsu (許), has been hospitalized with a head injury for almost two weeks and needs plastic surgery on his face for the injuries he received in the accident. Hsu’s mother said a schoolmate, surnamed Chiu (邱), deliberately pushed her son into oncoming traffic because he was jealous that Hsu had a 7-inch phablet. After hearing her son’s account of the incident and watching video from the truck’s data recorder, Hsu’s mother went a Yingge police station to file charges. Chiu’s mother was quoted in the media reports as saying that her son was joking around with Hsu and never intended to push him into the road, adding that he had been distressed for days about the accident.

SOCIETY

Post office tripped up by dog

A New Taipei City post office must pay a woman NT$170,000 in compensation for injuries she incurred after tripping over a dog at the post office, the Taiwan High Court has ruled. The accident occurred on Dec. 26, 2012, when a woman surnamed Wang (王) went to a post office in Tucheng District (土城). According to the verdict, as Wang was leaving the post office, she tripped over a dog lying on the floor and fell onto an umbrella stand, resulting in a 2cm laceration on her jaw. During the first trial, a district court said the post office should be held responsible and should pay Wang NT$150,000 in compensation. The post office’s defense was that the dog belonged to another customer and it had no control over the canine. Both sides appealed the ruling to the High Court. The High Court ruled for the plaintiff, and increased her compensation, including NT$20,000 for scar removal treatment.

CROSS-STRAIT TIES

Kinmen boss pushes ties

Kinmen County Commissioner Chen Fu-hai (陳福海) yesterday said that he would spare no effort to help Kinmen become a pilot zone for trade and economic cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. Chen made the pledge at a cross-strait forum in Xiamen, China, according to Xinhua news agency. Chen said that his county has played a key role in the development of cross-strait ties thanks to its geographic position. Problems facing Kinmen, such as water and electricity shortages, can be resolved only through cross-strait cooperation, he said.

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