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NPP’s Huang denies neglect of duties

By Lee I-chia

Facing threats of a recall campaign that on Friday passed the second-phase threshold, New Power Party (NPP) Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) yesterday said that he did not neglect his legislative duties and urged supporters of reform to vote for him again. The campaign was initiatedFULL STORY

Wu says KMT will not discuss CCP forum

By Stacy Hsu

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) yesterday denied allegations that his party is planning to send representatives to Beijing to discuss the possibility of holding the KMT-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) annual cross-strait forum in December. Wu on the sidelines of a public forum inFULL STORY

Local Elections: KMT plans to focus on incumbents

By Jonathan Chin

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) aims to win at least three special municipality mayoral elections and retain all of its incumbent positions in the nine-in-one elections next year. The KMT’s overall strategy is to retain incumbents in Miaoli, Nantou and Lienchiang counties, elect a successor toFULL STORY

Local Elections: Ko says it is KMT’s fault he is mayor

By Lee I-chia

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said it was the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) fault that he became the mayor. Ko made the remark at a discussion session during the Za Share EXPO for Innovative Education held in Huashan 1914 Creative Park. When talking about the topicFULL STORY

Local Elections: Local elections to be DPP’s first test since last year’s presidential election

By William Hetherington

Next year’s local elections are to be the first test for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) since last year’s presidential elections, the party’s director of organization Lee Cheng-yi (李政毅) said yesterday. The DPP is optimistic that it will pass the public’s scrutiny, Lee said, citing strongFULL STORY

Survey ranks cities for environmental action

By Lin Chia-nan

New Taipei City and Taichung performed best at promoting environmental actions last year, while Hualien, Taitung, Chiayi and Penghu counties did not submit documents for evaluation, a survey by the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union (TEPU) showed earlier this month. The union invited experts to form anFULL STORY

US gives Tsai permission to transit through territory

By William Hetherington

The US has agreed to let President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) transit through Guam and Hawaii when she visits the nation’s diplomatic allies in the Pacific later this month, the Presidential Office said on Friday. Tsai is scheduled to visit the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and the SolomonFULL STORY

Vice president says coal phase-out by 2050 realistic

By Lin Chia-nan

The nation is likely to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2050, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) told an environmental forum in Taipei yesterday, adding that the coal-fired facilities should be refined to reduce air pollution before then. The forum was held at National Taiwan UniversityFULL STORY

Mercury tumbles as wind picks up

Residents of Taiwan’s coastal areas should watch out for gusty winds and rogue waves caused by strong northeasterly winds and Typhoon Lan today, the Central Weather Bureau said. Gusts of intensities up to 9 or 11 can be expected along Taiwan’s coastline and waves inFULL STORY

Australian artist explores how humans adapt to ‘science fiction-like conditions’

Australian artist-scientist Sarah Pell, who performs in extreme environments to simulate what it is like to be in space, on Friday said in Taipei that she hopes to understand how human beings behave in difficult surroundings and learn to adjust accordingly. Trained by NASA onFULL STORY

Chaiyi museum receives first foreign gift

A Qing Dynasty silk embroidery featuring a three-clawed dragon has been donated to the Chiayi County Embroidery Culture Museum by an American, the Puzih City (朴子) mayor said on Friday. The 58cm by 51cm embroidery of a silver dragon with golden eyes and claws onFULL STORY

Yunlin authorities suspect father in three kids’ deaths

By Jason Pan

Yunlin County authorities are investigating the murder of at least three children of the same family over a six-year period and reports that family members helped to dispose of the bodies. The alleged filicides involve a couple from Yunlin County’s Lunbei Township (崙背). It is allegedFULL STORY

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