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Presidential Office denies King ordered Chang out

By Alison Hsiao

The Presidential Office yesterday spurned a claim in the media calling National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) the person who ordered former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) to leave, reiterating that it was MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) who proposedFULL STORY

Alex Tsai recall move overcomes initial threshold

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

The first threshold in a campaign to initiate a recall of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alex Tsai (蔡正元) has been crossed, after more than 2 percent of the total electorate in Taipei’s Neihu (內湖) and Nangang (南港) districts signed a petition backing the motion,FULL STORY

Court upholds Banciao land ruling

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the Taiwan High Court’s ruling in favor of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, revoking the Broadcasting Corp of China’s (BCC) ownership of eight lots in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋). Yesterday’s decision was final. According to the decision, theFULL STORY

TSU announces education program survey results

By Sean Lin

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday announced the results of a public opinion poll on the 12-year national education program, in which 63 percent of respondents said the newly implemented system is a failure and 73 percent said parents are dissatisfied with the program. The survey,FULL STORY

Ministry expresses worry over Australia drug cases

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

The increasing number of cases of Taiwanese involved in alleged drug smuggling in Australia is beyond ludicrous, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday. Australia has arrested 24 Taiwanese in drugs busts this year, bringing the total number of Taiwanese arrested for drug smuggling inFULL STORY

Premier meets with 88 Executive Yuan advisers

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday sat down with 88 advisers to the Executive Yuan for a two-hour closed-door meeting followed by lunch, with some of the attendees being voter brokers who are influential in mobilizing people in elections. Among the participants who have drawn media attentionFULL STORY

Rats, shoppers battle for space in Taichung street

By Tsai Shu-yuan and Jason Pan

One of Greater Taichung’s most popular commercial streets seems to have become a haven for rats, with the furry creatures seen scurrying around in the presence of shoppers and complaints about the problem piling up. Store owners in the city’s Yizhong Street Commercial Area (一中商圈)FULL STORY

Portable gas stoves fall short of safety standards

By Stacy Hsu

About one in three camp stoves recently tested by the Consumers’ Foundation failed to meet national quality standards, prompting the foundation to urge caution when people buy portable gas stoves. With barbecues a popular tradition during the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept. 8 thisFULL STORY

Thai help sought to pursue murder suspect

The passport used by the main suspect in a recent kidnap-and-murder case when he fled to Thailand was annulled immediately after the Bureau of Consular Affairs was notified of the case, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. The bureau annulled the passport used byFULL STORY

Netizens lend a hand after rescuer of 200 dogs dies

By Huang Hsu-lei and Jason Pan

Netizens have come to the rescue after the owner of a private animal shelter in Greater Kaohsiung passed away last week, leaving the more than 200 dogs under his care without food for days. Lin Chih-tsang (林吉蒼) had been taking care of stray dogs for yearsFULL STORY

Little Tigers’ songs in KTV parlors after dispute settled

By Jake Chung

Songs by the popular 1990s Taiwanese boy band The Little Tigers (小虎隊) have finally made their way into the nation’s two major KTV chains — Holiday and Cashbox — after a 25-year dispute over intellectual property rights was settled, media reports said. The group — composedFULL STORY

Overpass to change life in Yuanlin

By Shelley Shan

The Yuanlin railway overpass in Changhua County’s Yuanlin Township (員林) is scheduled to become operational by the end of this year, turning the railway into a catalyst for development instead of a barrier, officials said. The Railway Reconstruction Bureau said the overpass will help eliminateFULL STORY

NHI will cover new cancer drug

By Stacy Hsu

A new orally administered targeted therapy for metastatic breast cancer that has spread to the brain is to be covered by the National Health Insurance (NHI) program, in an effort to substantially reduce patients’ medical costs, the NHI Administration (NHIA) said yesterday. Lapatinib, sold as Tykerb,FULL STORY

Floating book fair making three port calls in Taiwan

The MV Logos Hope, home to the largest floating book fair in the world, has docked in Taiwan for the first time, bringing hundreds of thousands of books and hundreds of volunteers. Operated by the German Christian charity GBA Ships — formerly Gute BucherFULL STORY

Butterfly wings lift Greater Taichung students to victory

By Tsai Shu-yuan

Two juniors from Taichung Municipal Hui-wen High School recently claimed the top prize at this year’s Shizuoka Kita Youth Science Engineering Forum after unlocking the secret to why Japanese white butterflies (Pieris rapae crucivora) dominate the white butterfly (Pieris canidia) population in Taiwan. Yuan Li-yun (袁笠芸)FULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

CULTURE Arts event to open An annual event aimed at promoting cultural and arts exchanges between Taiwan and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region will begin in Taipei next week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. The Asia-Pacific Culture Day will open on Sept. 6 and,FULL STORY

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