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Singing protesters decry flight route

By Lii Wen

More than 100 demonstrators yesterday sang in unison outside the Taipei office of China Southern Airlines to express their opposition to controversial flight routes proposed by Beijing. Headed by a coalition of social advocacy organizations and pro-independence groups, the protesters demanded that China cancel its plansFULL STORY

Taipei reaches tentative deal on ex-air force site

By Abraham Gerber

The Taipei City government and Executive Yuan have reached a tentative consensus over the future of the former Air Force Command Headquarters site, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday. He said that in a meeting late on Tuesday night with Vice Premier Simon Chang (張善政),FULL STORY

Planned party touts plans

By Lii Wen

People associated with the Social Democratic Party (SDP) — a center-left political party set to be launched by veteran social activists — have vowed to clinch five legislator-at-large seats in the elections in January next year. The party is to hold its inauguration event on MarchFULL STORY

Eight million expected to visit lanterns in Taichung

By Shelley Shan

Eight million visitors are expected to flock to Taichung over the next 10 days, with the annual Taiwan Lantern Festival opening yesterday. The main exhibition area near the high-speed railway station in Wuri District (烏日) features the main lantern, a golden bighorn sheep, which is aboutFULL STORY

Chinese capabilities in space pose threat to Taiwan: expert

By William Lowther

China’s growing space warfare capabilities pose a fundamental threat to Taiwan, a US expert on Chinese weapons systems said. Rick Fisher, a senior fellow on Asian military affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center in Alexandria, Virginia, was commenting on a report on China’s progressFULL STORY

Universities run foul of NIA regulations

By Wu Po-hsuan, Wu Chang-hung, and Chen Wei-han

The National Immigration Agency (NIA) has suspended six universities for six months from inviting Chinese academics and students over violations of regulations concerning Chinese academic visits, raising concerns in academic circles on the prospects of cross-strait university exchanges. National Taiwan University (NTU) and National Chengchi UniversityFULL STORY

Ministry of Labor revises rules for foreign caregivers

By Lii Wen

Some families who employ foreign caregivers are no longer required to retake health evaluations on people in care to renew existing contracts, the Ministry of Labor said yesterday. The new measure applies to families with members in three categories — those aged 80 and above, thoseFULL STORY

Decapitator faces life in prison

By Jason Pan

The Tainan High Court yesterday handed down a life sentence to Chen Chia-fu (陳佳富), who was found guilty of murdering his sister to claim an insurance payout, avoiding the death penalty so his mother would not lose both of her children. Chen, 37, was indicted onFULL STORY

Food writer Lucille Han dies of cancer at age 57

Taiwanese gourmet and writer Lucille Han (韓良露) died of a rare cancer on Tuesday, aged 57. Han was diagnosed with uterine sarcoma, which affects the muscle and supporting tissues of the uterus, about two months ago, after a trip to France with her husband inFULL STORY

Drugs, risky sexual behavior linked

By Stacy Hsu

Risky sexual activities and non-heterosexuality have been linked with higher rates of substance abuse, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) survey released yesterday found. The national survey, which polled approximately 17,800 people aged between 12 and 64, was the nation’s first that concentrated primarily on drugFULL STORY

Physicians promote anti-cancer effects of HPV vaccination

By Stacy Hsu

The Taiwan Association of Gynecologic Oncologists yesterday urged women to receive a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination at the youngest age possible to protect themselves from cervical cancer, which has increasingly endangered young women in Taiwan. Citing statistics from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, associationFULL STORY

Activists criticize adultery law, citing S Korean reversal

By Chen Ping-hung and Chen Wei-han

Women’s right groups and legal experts called for the decriminalization of adultery after South Korea’s Constitutional Court overturned a decades-old anti-cheating law last week. Taiwan is one of the few nations where extramarital sex is a criminal offense — punishable by a jail term of upFULL STORY

New magazine a voice for Orchid Island youth

By Chang Tsun-wei and Jake Chung

The first magazine seeking to give a voice to Orchid Island’s (蘭嶼, also known as Lanyu) younger generations was founded and had its first issue published last month, successfully drawing the attention of the island’s young people with its focus on social issues, fashion, scienceFULL STORY

Kaohsiung shortcuts on ferry site EIA: activists

By Sean Lin

Residents of Kaoshiung’s Siaogang District (小港) and environmental activists yesterday demonstrated in front of the Dalinpu (大林埔) community center to decry a Greater Kaohsiung Government plan for a 46-hectare special zone for ferry manufacturing as part of the South Star Plan, accusing the government ofFULL STORY

AEC report on nuclear scare heavily censored

By Tang Chia-ling

The Atomic Energy Council (AEC) yesterday published a special case report on its investigation into an incident in which the handles of a bundle of fuel rods at the Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei’s Shihimen District (石門) were found to be loose, butFULL STORY

More challenges for THSRC as stock lawsuits continue

By Shelley Shan

Plans to restructure the finances of the debt-ridden Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) face more challenges following a setback in lawsuits involving preferred stock at the Taiwan High Court on Tuesday, former minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) said yesterday. Yeh resigned inFULL STORY

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