Armed Robber Taken Down by Post Office Customers

A woman armed with a knife grabbed another woman as hostage and threatened to harm her if staff didn’t hand over the cash at a post office in Hsintien, New Taipei City, today. Post office staff complied and put NT$170,000 into a paper bag. Before the would-be robber could take the cash, however, members of the public surrounded her and overpowered the woman. Ms Zheng (鄭), 57, entered the post office on Anming (安民) Street at around 11:35am this morning

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Driver Runs Away after High-Speed Collision

[Cover Picture: Liberty Times Network] A driver in Kaohsiung left the scene of an accident this morning after slamming into a scooter at high speed and seriously injuring a woman before careering into a lamp post and seriously damaging his own car. At 4:15am police were called to the scene of the accident in Qianzhen District (前鎮區) where they found the injured woman named Lai. Ms Lai suffered head injuries and multiple fractures, including a fractured pelvis. Police found the

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Man Attempts Suicide by Bus

A man in Banciao District of New Taipei City yesterday ran and leapt into the path of a bus in an apparent suicide attempt. The 920 line bus was traveling in the inside lane of Wenhua Road en route from Linkou to Banciao when the 55 year-old man named Wu walked into the outside lane, then suddenly ran towards the bus and leapt at the windscreen. The bus driver slammed on the brakes, causing passengers to scream and fall over.

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Woman Has Firefighters Break Down Door to Catch Husband with Another Woman

A woman in New Taipei City made a false report that her husband may be suffering a medical emergency, in order to catch him with another woman. Police and firefighters went to a residence in Sanchong District Sunday afternoon after a woman named Mrs Chen told them her husband had recently been released from hospital and was locked in the house, possibly unconscious. After firefighters began smashing the security gate, Mr Chen, 55, dressed only in his underpants, opened the

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Taiwan Scientists Challenge Japan on Kuroshio Current Energy Claims: We Were First

Researchers from Taiwan’s National Sun Yat Sen University told the media yesterday, that Japan was not the first country to generate power from an ocean current as claimed in Japanese media this month. On August 14, a Japanese team in association with industrial machinery manufacturer IHI Corp conducted a 5-day test off the coast of Japan’s southeastern Kuchinoshima Island in the Kagoshima Prefecture, achieving a maximum power generation capacity of 30 kilowatts. The experiment demonstrated that power could be generated

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Taiwan Prepares for Typhoon Hato

Typhoon Hato is expected to make landfall in southern Taiwan with the eye passing to the south of the island tomorrow. Although classified as a weak typhoon, Philippines state weather bureau PAGASA warned that the cyclone had intensified as it swept over the northernmost parts of the Philippines. According to PAGASA, maximum sustained winds had risen from 65kph to 80kph by late Monday morning. Counties on the east coast and in the south of Taiwan are bracing for heavy rain

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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. Shortly after 10:00am, Lu Jun-yi (呂軍億) entered the Presidential Palace grounds through the west gate, jumped a knee-high fence, and attacked a guard attempting to prevent him entering the building. Lu was immediately subdued by other military police officers, and the injured officer was

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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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