Cops Arrest Man Who Robbed Woman at Knife-point

Police arrested a man in Taoyuan within 30 hours of his robbing a woman at knife-point. Investigators say the man’s distinctive skull and crossbones jacket made it easy to trace the thief using traffic and surveillance cameras. On the evening of September 19, the 41 year-old Mr Zhang donned his skull and bones jacket, and armed with a combat knife, set out on his mission. First, Zhang stole a motorcycle license plate and hung it on his own scooter. Then

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Five Injured After Bus Hits Clearance Warning Bar

Five people were injured, one seriously, when a bus carrying students smashed into a clearance warning bar on the approach to a bridge in Luzhu Township, Taoyuan City, this evening, September 21. At about 8.30pm, the bus hit the clearance bar at a speed high enough to cause the impact to peel away part of the roof from the front of the vehicle. Five people were sent to hospital, including a seriously injured 17 year-old. The bus was carrying 29

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Armed Bank Robbery in Taipei City

[Cover Picture: Central News Agency] A female customer was threatened with a knife to the neck during an armed robbery at a bank in Shilin District, Taipei City this afternoon, September 20. At around 1:00pm, a man wearing a motorcycle helmet and a surgical mask walked into a branch of Taipei Star Bank on Jiantan Road, and approached a 30 year-old woman at the counter from behind. The man grabbed the woman, put a knife to her neck and threw

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Three Injured, 1 Dead in New Taipei City Gangland Shooting

Breaking news: updates and changes expected. Five people were shot during temple celebrations in New Taipei City’s Tucheng District today and at least one is dead. One of the victims is a gang boss named Lin Li-chang (林立昌) who belongs to the Heavenly Way Alliance. At the time of writing Lin is in a critical condition after being shot 6 times. Lin was not breathing and had no heartbeat when brought to the hospital, but was revived and is currently

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Old Man Burning Ghost Money Dies after Falling into Fire

[Cover picture: United Daily News] An 88 year old man who lost his balance and fell into a fire as he was burning ghost money 2 days ago has passed away after his family agreed to remove him from life-support systems yesterday, September 19. Mr Lin was burning ghost money, also known as “joss paper” or “gold paper,” as an offering to spirits in the lead-up to the closing of the gates of the realm of the dead, which occurs

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Lawyer in Coma After Post Court Case Beating

A lawyer in Taoyuan was beaten up near the Taoyuan District Court yesterday, September 18, by the man he had just faced in court. The 60 year-old lawyer, Mr Ju, was rushed to hospital unconscious, and remains in a coma in the intensive care unit of a local hospital after undergoing brain surgery. Mr Ju had faced 43 year-old Mr Wu in court over a NT$150,000 debt Wu owed to Ju. Wu had offered items as security and compensation for

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Mummified Corpse Found in House

Graphic Image Warning! Real-estate agents inspecting a house in Chiayi County ahead of a foreclosure sale, were shocked to discover a mummified corpse in a bathroom. The corpse is believed to be the owner of the house owner, Mr Liao. Mr Liao 64 had inherited the house after his parents died a couple of years ago, but did not make the mortgage payments. The bank and its agents could not locate Mr Liao, so they contacted his younger brother to

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Man Rides Around Taiwan Naked to Promote Legalization of Nudity

Naked except for a codpiece that barely covers his penis and scrotum, Jiang Yi-shao has been riding around Taiwan on a scooter to promote nudity as a basic human right. The 24 year-old departed Hualian September 5 and has made the news after being spotted in Taitung and on the Hengchun Peninsular. Today he appeared in Kaohsiung. Mr Jiang hopes supporters will join him in an island-wide nude carnival and march to demand the legalization of nudity in Taiwan. In

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Driver in Fatal Bus Crash May Have Been Looking at Phone

Mirror Media alleges that the driver of a bus that crashed in Kaohsiung last week, killing six and injuring 11 may have been looking at, or looking for his phone in the moments before the accident. In an article published today, Mirror quotes an anonymous, informed source who claims to have seen footage recorded by the vehicle’s internal video monitors that shows the bus driver looking and reaching down to his right. The driver’s head was bowed down, the source

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Big Waves Lash North Coast: Truck Swept to Sea, 104 Anglers Trapped, 1 Person Drowned

[Cover picture: United Daily News] Anglers fishing off a breakwater at the entrance of Keelung Harbor were suddenly faced with a life-threatening situation when a series of large waves surged over the concrete platform this morning. Keelung Harbor Bureau said that sea conditions before the waves began to surge where normal. At around 8:00am waves began to surge over the breakwater. A truck that had just pulled up near the edge of the breakwater was knocked over by the waves.

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Midnight Swim Turns into 2 Hour Ordeal for Canadian Woman

A Canadian woman swimming with a group of friends at a New Taipei City Beach was swept out by a rip tide at around 1:00am this morning. The woman managed to make it back to shore on her own around 2 hours later. The group of 5 friends were camping at a Baishawan beach. They decided to go for a midnight swim, but got into difficulties in the large waves. Four men got back to shore, but the 23 year-old

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