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2014 ELECTIONS: Assistant questioned in Ko wiretap case

By Jason Pan, Tu Chu-min and Jake Chung

An office assistant to independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) was questioned and listed as a defendant yesterday afternoon in a prosecutors’ investigation into allegations of wiretapping at one of Ko’s offices. The assistant, Peng Sheng-shao (彭盛韶), was allowed to post bail of NT$30,000 (US$971).FULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Legislators’ comments on organ harvesting draw ire

By Loa Iok-sin and Tseng Wei-chen

Accusations by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislators Su Ching-chuan (蘇清泉) and Liao Kuo-tung (廖國棟) that independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) was complicit in the harvesting of organs from patients not yet brain dead drew fire from doctors across the country. Citing a paperFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Lien Chan’s ‘bastard’ barb bounces off Ko Wen-je

By Loa Iok-sin

Independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said he does not care if he is called a bastard — however, he added that he does think it hurtful that former vice president Lien Chan (連戰) criticized Taiwanese who had to go through the “Japanizing”FULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: KMT, DPP gear up for final campaign rallies

By Chen Hui-ping, Yu Chao-fu, Huang Shu-li and Jake Chung

With Saturday’s elections entering the final countdown phase, heavyweights from both the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were busy criss-crossing the nation to drum up support for their candidates. President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who doubles as KMT chairman, was in KeelungFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Fu Kun-chi sand sculpture called act of ‘brown-nosing’

By Hua Meng-ching

With only six days remaining before the Nov. 29 nine-in-one elections, some Hualien County residents said they were “disgusted” when they found a sand sculpture of Hualien County Commissioner Fu Kun-chi (傅崑萁) and his wife placed conspicuously at the venue of a local flower festivalFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Vote-buying, other election irregularities rampant

By Jason Pan

As campaigning goes into its final week, reports of alleged vote-buying, candidate bribery and other election irregularities are rampant, with the judicial agencies handling a total of 3,651 cases, involving 8,930 people by the end of the week. The figures came from compiled statistics by theFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Local councils rife with corruption, watchdog says

By Abraham Gerber

Local city and county councils remain opaque and unresponsive, with their lack of transparency leading to rampant corruption and waste, civil activists said Friday. Citizen Congress Watch published results of a candidate pledge campaign asking Taipei and New Taipei City councilor candidates to promise to supportFULL STORY

Ex-toll collectors allege violence

By Lii Wen

Former toll collectors yesterday accused police of inaction after the activists were allegedly assaulted by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) supporters on Thursday night, when they tried to air their grievances to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) at a KMT rally. The former toll collectors vowed to stageFULL STORY

Taoyuan residents back HPV immunization: poll

By Stacy Hsu

More than 90 percent of Taoyuan County residents are satisfied with the local government’s policy of free human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization for female junior-high school students, with about 38,900 shots to be administered to young girls by the end of this year, according to aFULL STORY

Stars flock to Taiwan for Golden Horse Awards

Big-name stars from the Chinese-language cinema industry yesterday gathered in Taipei for the 51st Golden Horse Awards ceremony. Touted as the Chinese-language equivalent to the Oscars, the star-studded event saw Chinese celebrities Gong Li (鞏俐), Zhang Ziyi (章子怡), Hollywood actress Lily Collins and Japanese actor MasatoshiFULL STORY

‘Kano’ wins two gongs on eve of Golden Horse Awards

Taiwanese baseball film Kano was on Friday named both the audience’s and critics’ favorite on the eve of the 51st Golden Horse Awards, one of the most prestigious film awards ceremonies in Asia. Kano won the non-competition Golden Horse Audience Choice Award, as well as theFULL STORY

Literary awards ‘weave together’ Aboriginal flair

By Lii Wen

The spirit of Tminun — meaning “to weave” in the Atayal language — was evoked at the Aboriginal Literary Awards yesterday, as organizers expressed their desire to “weave together” members of the diverse Aboriginal literary community. Accompanied by live music performed by an Aboriginal choir, theFULL STORY

Prosecutors’ office seeks death penalty for man accused of ‘perverse’ murder

By Jason Pan

Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office on Thursday said they are seeking the death penalty for Chang Yen-wen (張彥文), who stalked his girlfriend after their relationship ended and allegedly stabbed her to death on a street in Taipei City in September. Following the indictment, the Taipei District CourtFULL STORY

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