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Chu says he will not run for president

By Lai Hsiao-tung

New Taipei City Mayor and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) yesterday unequivocally said that he will not run for president next year. “I won’t take part in the 2016 [presidential election], all right?” Chu said when a reporter asked him if he wouldFULL STORY

Tsai hopes to make Kaohsiung gateway to world

By Jake Chung

Embarking on a tour of Taiwan following her nomination as the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) candidate for next year’s presidential election, DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) made her first stop in Kaohsiung and said that the city would become an important door to the internationalFULL STORY

US Taiwan-Interpol bill introduced

By William Lowther

A new bill urging US President Barack Obama to push for observer status for Taiwan in the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) was introduced into the US Congress on Thursday. Sponsored by US Representative Matt Salmon, chairman of the US House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on AsiaFULL STORY

Pro-independence Free Taiwan Party launched

By Jason Pan

Civic group leaders and members yesterday joined students and Sunflower movement activists in launching the nation’s newest political party, which its chief organizer, Tsay Ting-kuei (蔡丁貴), said would be named the Free Taiwan Party (自由台灣黨). Tsay said the party’s platform is to advocate Taiwanese independence andFULL STORY

Army instructor injured by discharge of tank’s gun

By Jason Pan

An instructor with the 564th Armored Brigade, southern Taiwan’s main armored combat unit, was injured in the accidental firing of a tank’s main gun this week, an incident an opposition party legislator said demonstrated that soldiers operate under dangerous circumstances and face the constant riskFULL STORY

Taichung hospital treats Nauruan minister’s eyes

Nauruan Minister of Health Valdon Dowiyogo has completed medical treatment for retinal and macular degeneration, a chronic eye disorder that affects the retina, at Taichung Veterans General Hospital, a hospital ophthalmologist said. Dowiyogo suffers from macular degeneration and was affected by retinal disorders caused byFULL STORY

Annette Lu urges Tsai to clarify her ‘status quo’ policy

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday urged Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to clarify her recent statement that maintaining the “status quo” forms the basis of the party’s cross-strait policy. “I basically support Tsai’s idea, but what does maintaining the ‘status quo’FULL STORY

SPCA calls for end to animal testing

By Alison Hsiao

The Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), accompanied by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alicia Wang (王育敏), yesterday called for an end to cosmetics testing on animals in the nation, with Wang proposing an amendment to the Statute for Control ofFULL STORY

Plane crash survivor celebrates life

By Stacy Hsu

Few people have the chance of asking themselves what they want to do with their lives after surviving a plane crash, but 72-year-old Liu Chao-hui (劉兆輝), one of the survivors of the TransAsia Airways crash in February, has decided to resume his medical career asFULL STORY

Water conservation habits need to be formed: WRA

Taiwan’s major source of fresh water is rain, which falls in large volumes each year when tropical storms arrive, but the island can only store about 20 percent of its annual rainfall, a Water Resources Agency (WRA) official said earlier this week in Tainan. WRA chiefFULL STORY

Do not ignore post-menopausal bleeding: doctor

By Hsieh Chieh-yu and Chen Wei-han

A doctor has urged women to seek medical help if they experience post-menopausal vaginal bleeding, as it can be a sign of a serious disorder, citing a case of a Nantou County woman who was diagnosed with endometrial cancer after experiencing the symptom. The woman, surnamedFULL STORY

City-published journals a waste of funds: councilor

By Abraham Gerber

The Taipei City Government wastes more than NT$43 million (US$1.38 million) each year publishing magazines that no one reads, Taipei City Councilor Lin Shih-tsung (林世宗) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday. “The volume of magazines printed by the city government last year wouldFULL STORY

Residents say little done to preserve Yingge’s kilns

By Chang An-chiao and Chen Wei-han

Immediate preservation efforts are needed to protect historical kilns in New Taipei City’s Yingge District (鶯歌), but none of the kilns are listed as cultural heritage, despite numerous requests. The capital of the nation’s ceramics industry, Yingge used to have more than 300 kilns duringFULL STORY

Firefly population falls as tourism damages habitats

By Huang Shu-li and Chen Wei-han

Tourist misbehavior has damaged firefly habitats in Yunlin County and led to a decline in the local firefly population, with two environmental groups deciding to cancel their annual firefly-watching tours this year due to environmental concerns. The county’s mountainous areas are home to a variety ofFULL STORY

Exhibition on folk song master in June

By Yang Yuan-ting and Chen Wei-han

The 110th birthday of Teng Yu-hsien (鄧雨賢), known as the father of Taiwanese folk songs, will be marked in June with an exhibition showcasing his original scores, photographs and collections at the National Central Library in Taipei. Born in 1906 in Taoyuan during the Japanese colonialFULL STORY

Students step up shoe donation project

By Chiu Chih-jou and Jake Chung

The Jin Hsin Industrial and Commercial Vocational High School in Pingtung County’s Chaojhou Township (潮州) has called for donations of shoes in usable condition and appropriate for African terrain. The Step30 project seeks secondhand shoes to help people in the rural areas of Kenya and Uganda,FULL STORY

CNN shines spotlight on Taipei’s beef noodle soup

US news network CNN on Wednesday picked eight restaurants that it said serves the best beef noodles in Taipei, a city that it noted has an annual festival devoted to the dish. “At beef noodle soup’s equivalent of Oscars night [the Taipei Beef Noodle Festival], awardsFULL STORY

NCC may waive device certification

By Shelley Shan

The National Communications Commission (NCC) is considering waiving the requirement for certification for some low-power electronic devices before they can be sold in Taiwan. The devices include headsets or selfie sticks utilizing Bluetooth technology and other devices transmitting signals through radio frequencies, the commission said. NCC spokespersonFULL STORY

Fisherman catches unusual ‘hunchback’ turtle off Taitung

A Taitung fisherman caught an unusual-looking “hunchback” sea turtle in waters off the nation’s southeast coast on Wednesday. The fisherman, Tien Cheng-yung (田秤勇), said he was fishing in waters off Pingtung and Taitung counties when he unexpectedly pulled up a heavy turtle that had an unusuallyFULL STORY

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