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Visits help US military ties: MND

By Chen Wei-han

The nation’s military ties with the US have improved with frequent visits, while Taiwan is in the process of acquiring key defense systems from the US including attack helicopters, frigates and missile systems, the Ministry of National Defense said. About 1,000 US military officials made 140FULL STORY

INTERVIEW: Minister Lin addresses critiques of pension reform

Liberty Times (LT): Despite public opinion polls showing 80 percent support for the reforms, misconceptions and opposing voices remain. Should these be addressed and clarified? Lin Wan-i (林萬億): The biggest point of contention has always been about violation of the principal of legitimate expectation if reformsFULL STORY

KMT’s Chan urges rivals to stop proposing Gou bid

By Stacy Hsu

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairmanship candidate Steve Chan (詹啟賢) yesterday urged other candidates to refrain from capitalizing on Hon Hai Precision Industry Co chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘), who has been mentioned as a potential KMT candidate for the presidential election in 2020. “A certain partyFULL STORY

Nation should raise support ahead of WHA: ex-official

By Lu Yi-hsuan and Jonathan Chin

The nation should garner the support of the international community and the next WHO director-general ahead of the World Health Assembly (WHA), former WHO representative Peter Chang (張武修) said. The WHO’s decisionmaking body is to meet later this month in Geneva, Switzerland, but Taiwan has yetFULL STORY

NCC to drop Morse code for amateur radio buffs

By Shelley Shan

A regulation requiring that amateur radio operators take the International Morse Code Test to obtain a license is soon to be abolished, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday. The commission has already approved the amendments, frequency and resources department deputy director Chen Chun-mu (陳春木) said.FULL STORY

Builders’ lack of interest delays Tamkang Bridge

By Shelley Shan

The Directorate-General of Highways (DGH) yesterday said it might have to postpone the opening of the Tamkang Bridge (淡江大橋) until after 2020 due to a lack of interest among construction firms in building it. The structure, which connects the Port of Taipei and Danhai New TownFULL STORY

Mysterious stone stacks revealed to have prosaic origins

By Wang Hsiu-ting and Jake Chung

Mysterious stone stacks that appeared in the “Green Tunnel” near Taitung County’s Luye Township (鹿野) are the spontaneous designs of local residents, the Yongan Community Development Association said. The Green Tunnel is an avenue of interlocking foliage that extends for about 20m from the Wuling BridgeFULL STORY

Drivers now have to pass road test to acquire license

From today, to gain a driver’s license, applicants must pass a road test in addition to a written test and an off-road test. Previously, applicants for licenses to drive light vehicles were only required to pass a written test and a simulated road test at anFULL STORY

NHI referral system used by 13,000 people since March

By Lee I-chia

More than 13,000 people have used the online patient referral system launched in March by the National Health Insurance Administration and more than 11,000 of them have successfully made appointments, the agency said. In celebration of the 22nd anniversary of the National Health Insurance (NHI), theFULL STORY

Ministry vows to protect victims of crime in draft2017-04-30

By Jason Pan

The Ministry of Justice on Friday announced plans to better protect the rights of victims of crime and their families, by enhancing their legal status and allowing them to participate in trial hearings, introducing a draft bill to address deficiencies in the judicial system. AsFULL STORY

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