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SIEGE AFTERMATH: Luo challenged over civil disobedience

By Chien Li-chung, Chen Hsien-yi and Jake Chung

Lawyers who volunteered to help defend Sunflower movement members butted heads with the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday over the definition of “civil disobedience” amid arguments that the movement is an exercise of democratic rights and should not face judicial repercussions. The Sunflower movement occupied theFULL STORY

SIEGE AFTERMATH: Ker worked with speaker to end student occupation

By Chris Wang

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus convener Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) yesterday confirmed that he had worked with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) behind the scenes to help bring about the students’ withdrawal from the legislative chamber, ending the Sunflower movement’s three-week-long occupation of the Legislative Yuan.FULL STORY

SIEGE AFTERMATH: Taipei police chief says he ordered forced eviction

By Rich Chang

Taipei City Police Department Commissioner Huang Sheng-yung (黃昇勇) yesterday said he gave the order to evict demonstrators from the Legislative Yuan’s front plaza on Friday morning last week, which led to protests outside the Zhongzheng First Police Precinct station in Taipei that evening. “I myself madeFULL STORY

DPP plans new law to resolve nuclear dispute

By Chris Wang

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday said it plans to propose a special statute that will pave the way for a national referendum to resolve the decades-long controversy over the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮). DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌)FULL STORY

Ma pledges party reform, KMT members unimpressed

By Shih Hsiao-kuang, Su Fang-ho and Stacy Hsu

Several Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers have dismissed a plan announced by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) at a party caucus meeting on Tuesday to usher in party reforms, saying that Ma’s priority should be reconciling with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平). Ma, who also serves asFULL STORY

Glaser urges Ma to be proactive in South China Sea

By William Lowther

A US academic is urging President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to defuse tensions in the South China Sea by clarifying the “nine-dash line” and bringing Taiwan’s maritime claims into conformity with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Center forFULL STORY

Officials vow to complete the Taoyuan Aerotropolis

By Shelley Shan

Government officials yesterday vowed to complete the Taoyuan Aerotropolis Project, saying it would be a key project affecting the economic development of the nation in the next generation. The project is a large development surrounding the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) Director-GeneralFULL STORY

Students rally for rights of hens

By Lee I-chia

More than a dozen students from Chung Yuan Christian University, dressed in yellow chicken costumes and accompanied by animal welfare activists, rallied in front of the Council of Agriculture yesterday morning to call for healthier living environments for egg-producing hens at chicken farms. Three students dressedFULL STORY

Environmentalists protest Changhua industrial plan

By Lee I-chia

Several environmentalists staged a rally outside the Environmental Protection Administration in Taipei yesterday afternoon to protest against planned construction of an industrial park in Dacheng Township (大城), Changhua County, which they say will damage high-quality farmland and possibly contaminate groundwater in the area. The Taiwan WaterFULL STORY

Convenience store wins noise pollution appeal

By Yang Kuo-wen and Jason Pan

A man in Taipei recently thought he had won a court victory over a 7-Eleven convenience store’s “noise pollution” when he sued the store and won. However, the store lodged an appeal and the Taiwan High Court overturned the original decision, judging that the noise levelFULL STORY

Foundation says parents are raising spoiled children

By Loa Iok-sin

A survey by the Children’s Welfare League Foundation (CWLF) found that more than 50 percent of Taiwanese children are spoiled because their parents are too “obedient” toward them, which could cause social difficulties for the children when they grow up. While it is natural forFULL STORY

CtiTV gets fine for women comments

By Shelley Shan

CtiTV’s news channel (中天新聞台) was fined NT$500,000 (US$16,500) yesterday for broadcasting derogatory comments about female participants in the Sunflower protest movement in one of its popular night-time talk shows. The channel’s News Tornado (新聞龍捲風) program upset many viewers after one of its regular guests, Peng Hua-ganFULL STORY

Nominee vows no leaks to president

By Rich Chang

Prosecutor-general nominee Yen Ta-ho (顏大和) vowed yesterday in the Legislative Yuan not to leak details of any ongoing investigations to the president if his nomination is approved. Yen’s nomination to be the successor to former prosecutor-general Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) was jointly reviewed yesterday by theFULL STORY

Annette Lu calls on Su to enter Taipei mayoral race

By Chris Wang

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday left for a two-week trip to the US, but not before urging Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) to seek the party’s nomination for the Taipei mayoral election later this year. The press release issued by Lu’sFULL STORY

Cancel rail discounts for foreigners, CY urges

As the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) continues to struggle with years of accumulated losses, the Control Yuan has proposed making up part of the difference by canceling discounts for foreigners who are disabled, elderly or aged under 12. Chien Lin Hui-chun (錢林慧君), aFULL STORY

Students protest campus newspaper suspensions

Students and alumni of Shih Hsin University protested on Tuesday against the suspension of two campus newspapers funded by the university, urging the school’s board of directors to continue to support the publications. Dozens of students and alumni gathered in front of the administrative buildingFULL STORY

Man sentenced for forcing kiss on his subordinate

By Rich Chang

The Taiwan High Court’s Taichung branch has given a man a suspended sentence of eight months in prison with a two-year probation period for forcibly kissing a female subordinate for five seconds. The court also ordered him to pay the victim NT$800,000 in compensation. The rulingFULL STORY

CDC to close H7N9 control center, as flu season ends

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Tuesday that the level of its surveillance on the H7N9 avian influenza strain will return to normal, ending the operation of its H7N9 Central Epidemic Command Center. The CDC’s latest assessment found no evidence that there willFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

DIPLOMACY Slovakia scheme lifts off The government signed a memorandum of understanding with a Slovakian delegation on Tuesday that will pave the way for a bilateral working holiday program to begin in June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The program will allow up to 100 youngFULL STORY

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