Man Breaks into Presidential Palace: Slashes Military Cop with Samurai Sword

A military police officer guarding a back door of the Presidential Palace this morning was slashed in the neck, when a man entered the palace grounds with a Japanese military officer’s sword stolen from a museum. At around 10:00am, a man rode a motorcycle through the west gate into the car park near door No. 4, jumped a knee-high fence, and attacked the guard. The man was immediately subdued by other military police officers, and the injured officer was rushed

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Nation-wide Blackouts Cause Chaos

Factories halted production, traffic signals failed, and people were trapped in elevators this evening, as power failures brought blackouts to many parts of Taiwan. At 4:51pm the six gas-powered electricity generating units at the Datan (大潭) power plant in Taoyuan County malfunctioned, reducing the national power supply by 4.38 million kilowatts, and triggering emergency power rationing systems that caused rolling blackouts around the country. The Datan power station (also spelled Tatan) is the world’s largest gas turbine combined cycle power

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Bulk Carrier Aground off Kaohsiung Coast

A 51,208 ton bulk carrier carrying coal bound for a power station in Kaohsiung ran aground yesterday as it approached a docking facility. Attempts to move the vessel at the next high tide failed this morning. The Maritime and Port Bureau said that yesterday at 5:20pm, August 14, they received a report that a vessel had run aground while approached the coal unloading facility at the Xingda Power Station. A strong current is said to have hampered the pilot’s ability

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China Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Japan

A China Airlines flight from Hiroshima to Taipei made an emergency landing at Fukuoka Airport this morning after a warning light indicated a problem with one of the engines. The China Airlines Boeing B738, flight 113, was carrying 134 passengers at an altitude of 9100 meters when the warning light for the right-hand side engine came on at around 9:45am. The pilot contacted the control tower at Fukuoka Airport and requested to make an emergency landing. Fukuoka Airport closed the

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Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission to be Dissolved: Lim Applauds

Executive Yuan Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung today announced that the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission will be dissolved at the end of the year. No provisions were made to fund the MTAC in the 2018 budget. New Power Party legislator Freddy Lim applauded the move, saying that the people of Taiwan waste hundreds of millions of dollars every year funding the MTAC on the basis of a fantasy that Tibetan and Mongolian affairs are the affairs of Taiwan. Hsu said

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Pollution Traced to Petrochemical Plant

Pollution that resulted in a Miaoli County stream turning a milky-white color was traced to a Petrochemical plant in an industrial area today. The EPA have opened legal proceedings against the company responsible. Miaoli County Government Environmental Protection Bureau officers traced the source of the pollution after complaints by local residents who said that the stream changed color on a daily basis. Sometimes the water turns red, sometimes blue, and the last few days, milky white. EPB officers inspected plants

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Two Foreign Students Die in Shilin Apartment Fire

Two foreign students are believed to have died in a 4th-floor roof-top apartment in Shilin District this evening after a fire broke out around 7:00pm. At 8:20pm, firefighters found the bodies of one male and one female. The apartment owner, who owns the 3rd and 4th floor apartments of the building, said he had rented the residence to two foreign students attending Ming Chuan University. Police and firefighters are investigating and attempting to clarify the identities of the deceased and

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Grower of “Marijuana Botanical Garden” Turns Himself In

A man responsible for growing almost 600 cannabis plants on 3 floors of a rental property in Tucheng District, New Taipei City, turned himself in today, after realizing he couldn’t remain on the run. Chinese language media referred to the operation as a “marijuana botanical garden.” Police busted the operation August 3, after the landlord checked the property and found the locks had been changed, and a strong grass-like odor emanated from what purportedly was a frozen seafood distribution business.

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Highway Cop Dies in the Line of Duty

A Highway Police officer died today after a truck plowed into the back of his patrol car as he was parked on the road shoulder behind a broken down car. Five others were injured in the accident. At around 11:00am Officer Chen and Officer Yang pulled up behind the broken down car On Freeway 3 in Hsinchu County to improve visibility and prevent a rear-end accident as a tow truck prepared to move the vehicle. A truck then rear-ended the

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Dog Fighting Ring Busted in Chiayi

Police swooped on a property in Shuishang township, Chiayi County yesterday and arrested organizers of a dog fighting ring and gamblers. Two pit bulls were rescued. A total of 16 people were arrested including the 55 year-old organizer named Chen. Chen collected a NT$200 entry fee from customers and took 5% from bets placed on the fights. The customers have been charged with offenses relating to gambling regulations, while Chen and the owners of the two dogs were also charged

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Killer Driver in Custody: Toddler Fights for Life

A woman who caused a car accident that killed three members of a family of five in Pingtung County Friday, August 4, will be kept in custody after a court ruling this morning. See previous article: Driver Runs Red Light: Kills 3 Injures 7 Ms Yang, 36, sped away after rear-ending a car stopped at a red light in Wandan township at around 10:00pm Friday evening. Two hundred meters down the road, Yang rear-ended another car carrying two adults and

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