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KMT think tank questions diplomacy ‘black budget’

By Sean Lin

The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) National Policy Foundation think tank yesterday raised questions over revised budget proposals for the current fiscal year, saying that the government might be reinstating “dollar diplomacy” through a drastically inflated “black budget,” while the national defense budget has slumped toFULL STORY

DPP should accept petition to pardon Chen: lawmaker

By Chen Wei-han

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should approve a petition for former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), also known as A-bian (阿扁), to be pardoned at its national congress on Sunday, DPP Legislator Hsu Chih-chieh (許智傑) said yesterday. The Local Council Alliance for A-bian’s Amnesty launched the petition,FULL STORY

FSC chairman Koo violated principle of administrative neutrality: KMT

By Sean Lin

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus yesterday said Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) Chairman Wellington Koo (顧立雄) violated the principle of administrative neutrality by attending a meeting of the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) New Frontier Foundation think tank on Tuesday. Koo’s participation at the meeting wasFULL STORY

KMT slams ministry over letter’s altered party name

By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jonathan Chin

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Culture and Communications Committee deputy director-general Lee Ming-hsien (李明賢) yesterday panned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for masking the word “Chinese” in the party’s name on an envelope addressed to the party last week. Covering the word “clearly had a political connotationFULL STORY

Indonesian refugees should be granted residency: legislator

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Apollo Chen (陳學聖) on Wednesday urged the government to show its commitment to human rights and give permanent residency to Indonesians who took refuge in Taiwan to escape persecution against ethnic Chinese in the latter half of the 20th century. ChenFULL STORY

EU forms group to examine, conduct trade exchanges

There have been signs of progress in trade relations between Taiwan and the EU, with an EU official on Tuesday saying that the EU has formed a task force to evaluate and conduct exchanges with Taiwan. The European Commission released The EU Trade Policy Review,FULL STORY

One killed in temple shooting

By Jason Pan

One man was killed and another critically injured yesterday in a suspected gang-related shooting at a temple charity event in New Taipei City’s Tucheng District (土城). A 20-year-old male suspect named Chen Chih-lun (陳致綸) turned himself in at the Tucheng Police Precinct yesterday afternoon, police said. AuthoritiesFULL STORY

Police hunt armed robbery suspect

By Jason Pan

Police were at time of press last night pursuing a male suspect after an armed robbery at a Shilin District (士林) Taipei Star Bank (瑞興商業銀行) in Taipei, from which the suspect fled with NT$300,000 (US$9,956) cash. The robbery occurred shortly after 1pm yesterday, when the suspectFULL STORY

Family seeks justice for slain Vietnamese worker

The father and sister of deceased Vietnamese migrant worker Nguyen Quoc Phi yesterday rallied in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei, seeking justice for the worker who was shot and killed by police last month. The latest rally, organized by the Migrant Empowerment Network inFULL STORY

Nation’s first unisex reproductive clinic launched in Taipei

By Lee I-chia

The Taipei Veterans General Hospital’s third outpatient building, which includes the nation’s first joint female and male reproductive medicine outpatient clinic, was yesterday opened to the public. Hospital superintendant Chang Deh-ming (張德明) said the hospital sees more than 2.5 million outpatients every year. To meet growing demand,FULL STORY

Couple with fake passports denied entry at airport

Customs officials at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Tuesday stopped a couple from India from entering the nation due to suspected counterfeit passports. The Border Affairs Corps yesterday said that the couple was found in possession of fraudulent Singaporean passports and Canadian electronic travel authorizations.FULL STORY

Amended law floods city with heritage site requests

By Chang Kai-hsiang and Jonathan Chin

The Taipei City Government has been inundated by requests to preserve old buildings after the promulgation of the amended Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法), the Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs said on Tuesday last week. The amended law has led to an increased number of partiesFULL STORY

Kaohsiung history buffs petition to preserve tomb

By Huang Chia-lin and Jake Chung

History and culture enthusiasts in Kaohsiung have petitioned to keep three tombs in Fudingjin Public Cemetery (覆鼎金), as they provide a glimpse into the history of the city’s international marine transportation industry. The cemetery in Sanmin District (三民) has been around since the Japanese colonial era,FULL STORY

Comics to be distributed worldwide in campaign for rabies awareness

By Wu Hsin-tien and William Hetherington

The Global Alliance for Rabies Control is to use comics by a National Taiwan University professor’s daughter in a rabies awareness campaign that is to be distributed worldwide. National Taiwan University professor of veterinary sciences Fei Chang-yung (費昌勇) and his daughter, Fei Hsih-huai (費詩懷), who recentlyFULL STORY

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