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Hung to end candidacy mystery

By Stacy Hsu

Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) is to announce her decision on seeking a district legislative seat in New Taipei City’s Yonghe District (永和) today, her office said yesterday. “Hung will let the public know her decision after giving the matter some serious thought,” spokesmanFULL STORY

‘Green’ energy efforts need a boost: Chen Chien-jen

By Loa Iok-sin

The government is not working hard enough to explore “green” energy options, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice presidential candidate Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said yesterday, adding that President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was looking for excuses in comments about a potential energy crisis in the nation. In aFULL STORY

Vote no factor in trade talks: MAC

By Stacy Hsu

Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Andrew Hsia (夏立言) yesterday dismissed speculation that January’s presidential and legislative elections would be a factor in hopes for a breakthrough in negotiations over the cross-strait trade in goods agreement. Hsia made the remarks on the sidelines of a meeting ofFULL STORY

New Chinese weapons raise concern

By William Lowther

Beijing is continuing to test space-age weapons that could make it increasingly difficult for the US to defend Taiwan in the case of an attack from China. The DF-ZF hypersonic glide vehicle, which is believed to be capable of speeds of between 4,000 and 8,000 milesFULL STORY

Republic Party announces its at-large candidate list

By Abraham Gerber

The Republic Party yesterday announced its legislator-at-large list, including Chen Hu-men (陳虎門), a former intelligence official who was jailed over his involvement in the assassination of a California-based journalist during the Martial Law era. Lawyer Chen Han-chou (陳漢洲) heads the list, with labor union representative LinFULL STORY

Aid for refugees set to continue

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said that it is to continue providing humanitarian assistance to refugees displaced by the onslaught of the Islamic State (IS) and other armed conflicts in the Middle East. The ministry continues to work with the US as wellFULL STORY

Taiwan adopts strict visa controls in wake of attacks

Taiwan has adopted more stringent screening for visa applications of people coming from countries that are deemed to be connected to recent terrorist attacks, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday. Department of West Asian and African Affairs Director-General Chen Chun-shen (陳俊賢) said thatFULL STORY

Housing reform advocates push for gap closure

By Sean Lin

Housing price reform advocates yesterday rallied in front of Taipei City Hall and urged Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) to push policies to reduce the gap between the the list value and market value of land, which is regularly published by local governments. Demonstrators called onFULL STORY

Activists promise to continue labor campaign

By Abraham Gerber

The nation’s two major political parties have refused to present a labor platform, labor activists said yesterday, promising to escalate protests until the presidential candidates make their policies clear. Activists from the National Alliance for Workers of Closed Factories, Taoyuan Confederation of Trade Unions and otherFULL STORY

Taipei Film Festival head Lee Lieh resigns from role

By Sean Lin

Film producer Lee Lieh (李烈) yesterday criticized the Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs, saying that its intervention in the organization of the Taipei Film Festival prompted her to resign from her role as chairperson. Lee said on Facebook that she decided to leave her post becauseFULL STORY

High hopes that new visa program will boost visitors

By Shelley Shan

More than 300 tourists from Vietnam and Thailand are expected to arrive in Taiwan via a new streamlined visa application process that took effect on Nov. 1, and which eased visa requirements for travelers from Southeast Asia and India. The Tourism Bureau said that theFULL STORY

Approval of Morgan Stanley’s takeover of CNS on hold

By Shelley Shan

Morgan Stanley’s acquisition of the nation’s largest cable television system might not be approved by administrative authorities by end of this year, as the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said yesterday at an administrative hearing that it has extended the deadline of the review until Jan.FULL STORY

Charity to launch first communal food pantry

By Yeh Kuan-yu and Jonathan Chin

A ceremony for the opening of a communal food pantry is to be held tomorrow at Taipei’s Bopiliao Historical Street in Wanhua District (萬華), hosted by the charity group Do You a Flavor. A food pantry in Bopiliao is the first of 100 pantries that theFULL STORY

E-book tells of multicultural love

By Elizabeth Hsu and Hsu Chih-wei

Jessica Ronco Chien (吉絲卡) grew up on a farm in the Philippines and came to Taiwan 16 years ago to work as caregiver. She was hired on a three-year contract to care for a disabled man, Chien Ching-tung (簡慶東), who had lost both armsFULL STORY

Dogs saved from breeding mill eligible for adoption

About 60 adult dogs, including chihuahuas and Japanese spitzes, are to be put up for adoption at the Taipei Animal Shelter this weekend, the Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA) said on Wednesday. Twenty-one adult chihuahuas and nine shiba inus willFULL STORY

Taipei bus drivers say job is high risk and very stressful

By Kuo Yi

Although the monthly salary of a bus driver might be as high as NT$70,000, bus companies in greater Taipei are short of drivers, as the job has long work hours, is high stress and considered high risk. A driver surnamed Lu (盧), who has beenFULL STORY

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