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KMT mulls drafting candidate to run

By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Ho Yu-hua

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is mulling whether to select its candidate for next year’s presidential election via a traditional primary or by drafting someone with better odds of winning, according to sources, who said that while the party’s higher echelons are determined to pickFULL STORY

‘Consensus’ view could hurt KMT: survey

By Lii Wen

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) no longer maintains dominance on cross-strait issues in the public’s view, Chinese Culture University professor Yao Li-ming (姚立明) said yesterday. Debate on the so-called “1992 consensus” can no longer be seen as a weak spot for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ChairpersonFULL STORY

NCC urges broadcasting act changes

By Shelley Shan

The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday urged the Legislative Yuan to quickly pass amendments to three broadcasting acts it sees as the solution to all problems related to must-carry channels. “Current must-carry channel regulations are to soon generate much controversy. The amendments to the three broadcastingFULL STORY

TSU legislator alleges police collusion

By Loa Iok-sin

Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Legislator Chou Ni-an (周倪安) yesterday had a loud confrontation with Kinmen County councilors who tried to interrupt her news conference, at which she accused the police of taking sides when she and other protesters were reportedly attacked by black-clad men onFULL STORY

Shih Ming-te pledges to back same-sex marriage if presidential bid succeeds

Veteran political activist Shih Ming-te (施明德) yesterday spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage and gay rights in a Facebook post, saying that if he were elected president next year, his government would allow same-sex marriage and give gay couples the same rights as heterosexualFULL STORY

Student cleared on some charges after flinging book at Ma

By Lii Wen

The Taipei District Court yesterday acquitted Flanc Radical spokesperson Yen Ming-wei (顏銘緯) of charges filed after he threw a book at President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in September last year. Yen, a student at National Sun Yat-sen University, made headlines when he hurled a copy of GeorgeFULL STORY

Taichung tree relocation panned

By Sean Lin

More than 1,000 Taichung residents yesterday protested against a move by the Taichung City Government to allow Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) to relocate more than 150,000 trees on Dadu Mountain (大肚山) for the firm’s 18-inch wafer foundry in the Central Taiwan Science Park. Braving theFULL STORY

Student, 17, arrested for threatening killing spree

By Shelley Shan

A 17-year-old vocational high-school student was arrested by the police early yesterday morning after he allegedly posted a message online threatening to go on a killing spree at Taipei Railway Station today, which he said would be similar to the crime committed by university studentFULL STORY

Religious exhibit puts spotlight on Haitian voodoo

An exhibition featuring the Haitian voodoo religion is being held at a museum of the world’s religions in New Taipei City and is the latest effort by Haiti’s embassy in Taiwan to promote the Caribbean nation’s culture. More than 300 Haitian artifacts related to theFULL STORY

Rare crane recovers from scare, adds fans

A young Siberian white crane that migrated to a northern Taiwan wetland in December last year, and survived attacks by hawks and stray dogs, has now stolen the hearts of Taiwanese. The little white crane, about a year old, flew into the Cingshuei Wetlands (清水濕地)FULL STORY

MOFA unveils working holiday safety tutorial

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has released a short video to encourage Taiwanese youth to stay safe while participating in increasingly popular working holiday programs, which allow youngsters to work while traveling in other nations. The video is available on YouTube and is toFULL STORY

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