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Tsai encourages investment in Africa

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday vowed that Taiwan would not be absent in Africa and could make more contributions to Swaziland and elsewhere on the continent. Tsai made the remarks at a dinner with Taiwanese living in southern Africa, as part of her four-day visitFULL STORY

Taiwan hopes TIFA talks resume this year

Taiwan hopes that talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the US will resume this year, an official at the Office of Trade Negotiations told lawmakers yesterday. Since Washington had not filled its deputy trade representative posts after US President Donald TrumpFULL STORY

PLAAF conducting drills skirting Taiwan’s space

By Jonathan Chin

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has over the past two days conducted drills with strategic bombers and support aircraft that skirted Taiwan’s territorial space, the Ministry of National Defense said yesterday. The ministry identified the Chinese planes as two H-6K bombers andFULL STORY

Man charged with espionage detained

By Jason Pan

The New Taipei City District Court yesterday ordered the detention of a Taiwanese businessman accused of attempting to recruit judicial and government officials to develop a spy network for China in Taiwan. The suspect, Hung Chin-hsi (洪金錫), has been charged with violating the National Security ActFULL STORY

Taipei voters want DPP to field own candidate: survey

By Yang Chun-hui and Jonathan Chin

A poll released yesterday showed that 42 percent of Taipei voters think the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should field its own candidate for November’s Taipei mayoral election, while 28.3 percent favor the DPP endorsing Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲). The response from Taipei respondents differed fromFULL STORY

Lee Ching-yu urges UK to note rights abuses in China

Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), the wife of Taiwanese human rights and democracy activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲), called on the UK to pay more attention to China’s human rights abuses, during a hearing at the British parliament on Wednesday. Lee Ming-che was in November last year sentenced toFULL STORY

KMT lawmaker wants Taiwan to emulate Duterte

By Jason Pan

A Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator yesterday said the government should follow the Philippines’ example in fighting illegal drugs by executing drug dealers. Concern over the rise of new forms of recreational drugs and their spread in schools and society in general was the focusFULL STORY

Taiwan Fact Checking Center to open in July

By Shelley Shan

The nation’s first fact-checking center was established yesterday to tackle the spread of fake news on social media. The Taiwan Fact Checking Center (台灣事實查核中心), a partnership between the Taiwan Media Watch and the Quality News Development Association, is scheduled to begin operations in July. TheFULL STORY

Students treated for symptoms of food poisoning

By Sherry Hsiao

More than 180 students at National Chia-Yi Senior Commercial Vocation School ended up in hospital emergency rooms in Chiayi on Wednesday and yesterday with suspected food poisoning, and two who were severely ill have been hospitalized. The students began experiencing dizziness, nausea and diarrhea after lunchFULL STORY

Union demands employee status for golf club caddies

By Ann Maxon

A dozen members of the Hsing-fu Golf Club Union and their supporters yesterday protested in front of the Presidential Office Building, to demand that the Ministry of Labor end “the deliberate misclassification” of caddies as independent contractors instead of golf club employees. The New Taipei CityFULL STORY

MECO sponsoring photo competition

Submissions are being accepted for a photography competition promoting the natural beauty of the Philippines and the work of Filipinos in Taiwan, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taipei said yesterday. The contest is open to amateurs and professionals and there is no restrictionsFULL STORY

NCC chair inspects South China Sea atolls’ systems

By Shelley Shan

A new telecommunications system for the Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島) is going to greatly facilitate the provision of humanitarian assistance to areas near the islands, National Communications Commission (NCC) Chairwoman Nicole Chan (詹婷怡) said yesterday after inspecting facilities built by Chunghwa Telecom on theFULL STORY

Thai sex worker, 26, tests positive for HIV: officials

A Thai woman who met with scores of clients in Tainan for sex over the past two weeks has tested positive for HIV, the Tainan Public Health Bureau said on Wednesday. The 26-year-old woman, who arrived on a visitor’s visa, was picked up at aFULL STORY

No further water rationing necessary in south: office

Although cold weather fronts have brought some rain to Taiwan in recent days, a water shortage is looming in Tainan and elsewhere in the south, as reservoirs there are drying up. Local reservoirs have received almost no rain over the past few days as theFULL STORY

Miaoli township to restore century-old railway stations

By Cheng Ming-hsiang and William Hetherington

Two 100-year-old railway stations in Miaoli’s Zaociao Township (造橋) have been selected for renovation as part of a project to restore historical stops. One of the stations, Zaociao Railway Station, is located along the Taiwan Railways Administration’s (TRA) Mountain Line and was built from reinforced concrete. TheFULL STORY

‘Clumsy’ teacher coaches aspiring patisserie chefs

By Chen Feng-li and Jake Chung

A junior high school instructor in Nantou County has inspired more than 200 students with her life story and experiences, encouraging them to pursue baking certificates. Students at Jhongsing Junior High School affectionately call cooking class instructor Chen Shu-hui (陳淑惠) “Mother Chen.” Over the past nine years,FULL STORY

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