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Veterans march as bill progresses

By Shelley Shan

The 800 Heroes group of military veterans yesterday at a protest in Taipei vowed to defend the Constitution and their rights, after the Executive Yuan last week announced that it would soon present draft regulations governing military retirement pensions to the Legislative Yuan. Minister Without PortfolioFULL STORY

ANALYSIS: Chiang’s symbols might not go as quickly as hoped

By Stacy Hsu

Since the passage of the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice (促進轉型正義條例) on Dec. 5, people have been speculating if, when and how former president Chiang Kai-shek’s (蔣介石) symbols will be removed. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration has lamented that the question unfairly reduces the grandFULL STORY

FEATURE: Internet could play key role in local elections

By Yang Chun-hui and Sherry Hsiao

In addition to visiting electoral districts and expanding their local influence, people hoping to run in next year’s local elections have been placing an emphasis on digital strategies to engage with younger voters. The nine-in-one elections are to take place either on Nov. 24 or Dec.FULL STORY

Palau says ties ‘extremely stable’ and will not change

Palauan Ambassador to Taiwan Dilmei Olkeriil said that diplomatic ties between the two nations are “extremely stable,” despite a Chinese travel ban that prevents tourists from visiting the western Pacific island nation. Taiwan and Palau, which established official ties in December 1992, continue to enjoy exchangesFULL STORY

Police arrest four suspects as drug trafficking ‘mules’

By Jason Pan

Law enforcement officials yesterday announced the arrest of four Taiwanese men suspected of working as “mules” to transport illegal drugs from abroad. After receiving a tip-off, a police unit targeted the suspects, increasing surveillance at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and conducting a search of the airportFULL STORY

FDA adds foods to allergens list

By Lee I-chia

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week announced that it plans to classify five types of food ingredients as food allergens, which would need to be declared on packaged food labels starting in 2019. The Regulations on Food Allergens Labeling (食品過敏原標示規定) implemented on July 1,FULL STORY

Taipei aims for worldwide recognition with marathon

By Lee I-chia

The Taipei Marathon started from Taipei City Hall at 6:30am yesterday, with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) saying that he hopes it will become recognized as one of the world’s best marathons within a few years as the city gradually makes improvements to the event. DespiteFULL STORY

Animal rights activists go all-out in Taipei protest

By Lin Chia-nan

Advocates for animal rights and vegetarianism yesterday staged a demonstration in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義), shouting slogans and promoting the ethical treatment of animals. Braving the cold drizzle yesterday, more than 100 people marched between 3pm and 4pm from Xinyi Plaza (信義廣場) to Mitsukoshi Plaza (香堤廣場),FULL STORY

CPC aims to extract geothermal heat near Datunshan

State-run oil refiner CPC Co, Taiwan (CPC) is developing techniques to directly extract geothermal heat from underground and plans to study the feasibility of using these techniques on Datunshan (大屯山) in suburban Taipei next year, the company’s new head said yesterday. CPC chairman Tai Chein (戴謙),FULL STORY

Council slams Spain over deportation2017-12-17

By Stacy Hsu

The government yesterday criticized a Spanish court’s citation of the “one China” principle as the basis for its decision to deport 121 fraud suspects, including some Taiwanese, to China as per Beijing’s request, and urged China to refrain from suppressing Taiwan in the international communityFULL STORY

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