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Penghu Crash: Military aircraft transport the injured

By Stacy Hsu

Seven passengers who sustained injuries in a plane crash on Peng-hu on Wednesday were flown to Taiwan proper yesterday morning on two C-130 military aircraft, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said in a press release. “Two of the passengers were sent to Taipei, with oneFULL STORY

Penghu Crash: Foreign dignitaries express condolences

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

Foreign dignitaries in Taiwan yesterday expressed their condolences over the 48 passengers and crew killed in a fatal air crash in Penghu County on Wednesday night that injured 10 others, with some observing a moment of silence in tribute to the victims. “Representatives to Taiwan fromFULL STORY

Penghu Crash: President expresses sorrow over deaths, orders investigation

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) expressed deep sorrow on Wednesday night after learning of the TransAsia Airways crash in Penghu that killed 48 of its 58 passengers and crew. “The president has instructed the relevant authorities to get to the bottom of what caused the accident onFULL STORY

Penghu Crash: Two French students among victims of crash

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

Among the passengers presumed dead in the Penghu County plane crash were two French medical students in an exchange program at National Taiwan University, the university’s Office of Superintendent head Lin Te-ta (林德達) said yesterday. Jeromine Deramond and Penelope Luternauer, who were both 23 and fromFULL STORY

Penghu Crash: DPP legislator calls for commissioner to vacate position

By Chris Wang

On Wednesday, Penghu Commissioner Wang Chien-fa (王乾發) was lambasted for a planned visit to China that critics said showed a disregard for the potential damage to lives and properties caused by Typhoon Matmo, which brought fierce winds and torrential rain to the nation, and causedFULL STORY

Pilot zones to help nation, Japan versus China: Jiang

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

A government proposal to establish free economic pilot zones is aimed at facilitating economic liberalization and consolidating the nation’s economic alliance with Japan to counter competition from China, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said in an interview with the BBC’s Chinese-language service. People who think that theFULL STORY

Security adviser defends eligibility for Keelung race

By Alison Hsiao

National Security Council adviser Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功) yesterday defended his potential appointment by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) as its new candidate for the Keelung mayoral race, saying he was “returning” to the city, rather than being “parachuted in” as critics have said. While theFULL STORY

Chen Chu leads in poll on Kaohsiung: ‘China Times’

By Chris Wang

Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), who is seeking re-election, enjoys a lead of almost 40 percentage points over Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate Yang Chiu-hsing (楊秋興), a public opinion poll released yesterday showed. In a rematch between Chen, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), andFULL STORY

Boss gets 12 years in edible oil scandal

By Jake Chung

Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co chairman Kao Cheng-li (高振利) has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud and false labeling, while the company was fined NT$38 million (US$1.2 million), the Intellectual Property Court said yesterday. Chang Chi, along with Wei Chuan Food Corp, FormosaFULL STORY

Fisheries accord with Manila to be inked soon: official

An agreement between Taiwan and the Philippines on law enforcement cooperation on fishery matters in their overlapping economic waters is expected to be inked “soon,” a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday. The two sides have reached a consensus on signing the agreement andFULL STORY

All aboard the love train for couples in Kaohsiung

By Yang Ching-ching and Jake Chung

In a show of vitality and creativity, while meeting rising demand from couples wanting to use the Greater Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system’s Formosa Boulevard Station for wedding photography, Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp (KTRC) and local wedding gown stores have launched a “Sweet Happiness”FULL STORY

Siew proposes new ‘cooperative free-trade zones’

Former vice president Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) has proposed that Taiwan and China should establish “cooperative free-trade zones” to avoid “zero-sum” competition in trade and economics. Speaking at an economic forum organized by CommonWealth Magazine, Siew said globalization and economic integration have transformed China from the “world’sFULL STORY

Taiwan lifts travel alert for Guangdong Province

The Mainland Affairs Council on Wednesday withdrew a yellow travel advisory for Guangdong Province in southern China, after health authorities lowered an H7N9 epidemic alert for the area. There have been no new cases of the deadly avian influenza strain in Guangdong over the past month,FULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

TOURISM Taiwanese flock to Japan Taiwanese made up the largest number of foreign visitors to Japan in the first half of the year, figures released by the Japan National Tourist Organization on Wednesday showed. Of the record high 6.26 million visitors to Japan in the first sixFULL STORY

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