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KMT caucus ‘unaware’ of recall plans

By William Hetherington

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday revealed that it was unaware of plans by the party’s headquarters to demand a recall of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators, saying it learned of the issue from the media. KMT caucus convener Sufin Siluko (廖國棟) said that demandsFULL STORY

Lawmaker touts Italian trade at association launch

By Jason Pan

Members of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said organic farming in Italy and bilateral trade and cultural exchanges with the European nation were discussed when they inaugurated the Taiwan-Italy Inter-Parliamentary Amity Association at the legislature in Taipei yesterday. “There are many similarities between agricultural productionFULL STORY

Follow Taiwan on ‘Three Principles,’ Ma tells China

By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jake Chung

If the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) truly wants to realize the dreams of Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙), it is welcome to come and learn from Taiwan, “as long as it can achieve Sun’s ideals in a democratic and peaceful manner,” former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) saidFULL STORY

US includes Taiwan in military bill

The US Congress included for the first time a section on senior military exchanges with Taiwan as it passed its National Defense Authorization Act for the next fiscal year. The Senate on Thursday voted 92-7 to pass the bill after it was voted through the HouseFULL STORY

Hai Pa Wang move might trigger ‘one China’ domino effect

By Lin Liang-sheng and Jonathan Chin

Seafood restaurant chain Hai Pa Wang’s statement that it supports the “one China” policy could create a “domino effect” that could affect other Taiwanese businesses, a Chinese academic said. The company on Monday issued a statement in the form of an advert in the Chinese-language WantFULL STORY

Tainan councilor’s puppet fields import ban queries

By Tsai Wen-chu and Jonathan Chin

Tainan City Councilor Hsieh Lung-chieh (謝龍介) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday conducted a question-and-answer session with Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) using a puppet. Hsieh’s performance, made in character and using a stage voice, appeared to cool tempers, providing welcome relief to councilorsFULL STORY

Students rally in support of same-sex marriage bill

By Sean Lin

A coalition of National Taiwan University (NTU) student clubs and associations yesterday rallied in front of the university to voice their support for the legalization of same-sex marriage, urging legislators to ensure true equality by passing the proposed amendment to Article 972 of the CivilFULL STORY

Activists denounce sex education critics

By Abraham Gerber

Teachers should retain the freedom to include outside reference materials in sex education classes, including discussion of homosexuality, advocates said yesterday at a news conference at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. More than a dozen members of the Taiwan Gender Equity Education Association, the Awakening FoundationFULL STORY

Taipei police inaugurate new cybercrime division

By Sean Lin

The Taipei Police Department yesterday unveiled its High Technology Crime Investigation Unit to tackle criminal activities involving the use of advanced technology. “In July this year, the Taipei Police Department cracked the First Bank automated teller machine theft, which had drawn international attention. The fraud ringFULL STORY

Same-sex marriage divisions deepen at judicial reform body

By Abraham Gerber

Judicial Reform Foundation divisions over same-sex marriage deepened yesterday after a statement on gender equality rights drew criticism. The foundation released a statement late on Thursday saying that “gender issues” were an important part of judicial reform, but omitted discussion of specific issues. “Taiwan needs more judicialFULL STORY

Authorities question three over death at luxury hotel

By Jason Pan

Authorities yesterday questioned three men as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged fatal drug overdose of a young woman following an alleged days-long sex and drugs party at a luxury hotel in Taipei. Investigators continued questioning the men, surnamed Chiang (江), Hung (洪)FULL STORY

Government aims to entice 30,000 to enter agriculture

The government plans to appeal to young people in a bid to rejuvenate the aging agricultural sector, Council of Agriculture Minister Tsao Chi-hung (曹啟鴻) said on Thursday. Over the next 10 years, the government aims to encourage 30,000 young people to enter the sector, Tsao said,FULL STORY

National Communications Commission to meet with CTV about financial plans

By Shelley Shan

The National Communications Commission said it would ask China Television (CTV) to explain its plans to improve its financial situation amid a continuing loss of advertising revenue. The terrestrial TV network has experienced a dramatic decline in advertising revenue amid the growing appeal of the Internet,FULL STORY

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