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NOVEMBER ELECTIONS: Nantou hopeful seeks innovative growth

By Chen Hsin-jen and Jake Chung

With the experience of turning the small town of Jiji (集集) in Nantou County into a nationally recognized tourist hotspot, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator and county commissioner candidate Lin Ming-chen (林明溱) said that he is certain that if the county were to develop itsFULL STORY

NOVEMBER ELECTIONS: DPP Nantou candidate cites KMT corruption

By Chen Feng-li and Jake Chung

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Nantou County commissioner candidate Lee Wen-chung (李文忠) said he is confident that his previous performance in the Legislative Yuan would more than make up for his lack of experience in county government and place him ahead of his rival, Chinese NationalistFULL STORY

China bars attorney from Buddhist master

By Loa Lok-sin

Chinese authorities have rejected the request of pro-democracy Chinese Buddhist master Shi Shengguan’s (釋聖觀) lawyer to visit him in prison, while also barring his dharma student, Buddhist nun Shi Guoshi (釋果實), from leaving the country. Chinese authorities have charged Shi Shengguan with “inciting subversion ofFULL STORY

Taiwan could lead on gay marriage: Sachs

Former Constitutional Court of South Africa judge Albie Sachs on Friday said that Taiwan would set itself apart from other countries and become a leader in openness if it became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. It is “very heartening” to see thatFULL STORY

Nuclear power is not the best option: Brundtland

Former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, the winner of the first Tang Prize in Sustainable Development, on Friday said that nuclear power is not her preferred source of new energy due to the complexities involved. Brundtland, who chaired the World Commission on Environment andFULL STORY

Japanese ‘TRA’ is good idea, but difficult, Lee says

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) said on Friday in Osaka that he agreed with the idea of Japan enacting its own version of the US’ Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), but that he understood it would be very difficult for Japan to do. Lee expressed hisFULL STORY

Chinese illegally copied historic texts: legislator

By Tsu Fang-ho

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃) yesterday accused China’s Sanxitang, also known as the Beijing Suyin Cultural Broadcasting Corp, of publishing unauthorized copies of the Wenyuan Chamber (文淵閣) edition of the Complete Library of the Four Treasuries (四庫全書), which is reposited in theFULL STORY

Xinyi police accused of corruption

By Jason Pan

Taipei City Councilor Chung Hsiao-ping (鍾小平) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) accused the Xinyi District (信義) Police Precinct of having received bribes from nightclubs and other entertainment businesses within its jurisdiction, amounting to running a protection racket. Chung said he got the inside information directFULL STORY

Three hospital staff poisoned by heavy metal

Taiwan has recorded its first thallium poisoning cases in more than a decade, with three medical staff at the same hospital falling victim and the cause remaining unknown, doctors said yesterday. The three victims are two orthopedic surgeons and a former nurse of the TaipeiFULL STORY

Repeat drunk driver receives heaviest-ever penalty

By Jason Pan

The Kaohsiung District Court on Friday sentenced a man to 10 years in jail and fined him NT$10.05 million (US$332,400) over a drunk-driving incident that killed one person and left another seriously injured. Legal experts said it was the most severe punishment the nation has seenFULL STORY

Statistics reveal birth rate edged up by 0.5 percent

Between January and last month, 132,470 babies were born in Taiwan, a 0.5 percent increase from the same period last year, according to statistics released yesterday by the Ministry of the Interior. The number of newborns for the whole of this year is expected toFULL STORY

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