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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA


PM2.5 levels to rise

Yunlin County residents should prepare for poor air quality today and tomorrow, due to a lack of wind to disperse pollutants, the Environmental Protection Administration said yesterday. The administration said air quality in southern cities and counties was in the “unhealthy” range, with the key indicator for PM2.5 — fine particles measuring less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter — at level 8 on a 10-point scale. In other regions, PM2.5 measurements were at relatively safe levels from 3 to 6, the administration said. It said level-7 PM2.5 concentrations exceed 54 micrograms per cubic meter and are considered high, and that measurements above level 7 are deemed severe enough to cause health problems.


Woman arrested over murder

A Vietnamese woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her boyfriend and dismembering his body after a quarrel, police said. Nguyen Thi Soi, 33, was detained at her workplace in Kaohsiung as she was preparing to return to Vietnam on Friday, police said. She faces charges of killing Kieu Van Manh, 43, chopping up his body and disposing of the remains in a ditch. The two came to work in Taiwan separately earlier this year, police said, adding that Kieu was slain apparently for wanting to end their relationship. The case came to light on Nov. 18, when a dog was seen carrying a human skull in its mouth. The rest of Kieu’s remains were later found in a bag used for pig feed. Based on the lead, investigators located a pig farm in Kaohsiung’s Luzhu District (路竹), where Nguyen was employed as a caregiver. Police said that the victim met Nguyen at the farm on Oct. 15, shortly before he disappeared.


Traffic fatalities down

There were 1,380 traffic fatalities in the first 10 months of this year on the nation’s roads, a drop of 112 year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. In the 10-month period, Kaohsiung had the most A1 incidents — traffic accidents in which at least one life is lost within 24 hours. Kaohsiung recorded 149 deaths, followed by Tainan with 131 deaths and Changhua County with 108, according to the ministry. However, the figures showed a decrease of 45, 20 and 10 deaths in the three areas respectively from the same period of last year. Outlying Lienchiang County has the best traffic record in the nation, reporting zero traffic fatalities for six years in a row, the ministry said.


Man arrested over drugs

Police on Friday said they recently arrested a man for allegedly smuggling more than 1,000kg of chloroephedrine — a substance that can be used to produce amphetamines — from China into Taiwan. The 1,003kg of chloroephedrine, packaged in 106 bags, could be used to produce 700kg of amphetamines, worth about NT$200 million (US$6.09 million), the Criminal Investigation Bureau said. The bags were found following a tip-off, hidden among 700 packages of construction materials in a cargo container during an operation at Keelung Customs, police said. The operation came after months of intelligence-gathering. Following a later search operation, the police arrested a 22-year-old suspect surnamed Lin (林). Lin said he had come to take delivery of the “construction materials” for someone else, but he was unable to provide details of the origin of the NT$10 million used to pay for the importation of the construction material shipment.

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