Man Shot to Death in Execution Style Killing

A man was shot at least 7 times at close range as he sat in his car on a street in Danshui (Tamsui) District, New Taipei City, shortly before 3:00am this morning. Chen Wenzhong, 47, was rushed to hospital, but did not respond to efforts to resuscitate him, and was declared dead at 4:15am. Chen drove to a residence in Hsinchun Street to pick up his 24 year-old fiance. As Chen sat in his BMW outside the building, a man

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4 Injured After Tour Bus Crashes During Illegal Overtake

[Pictures: Ilan County Fire Department.] Four people were injured, none seriously, after a bus collided with a truck while overtaking over double-yellow center-lines, on a wet and slippery mountain road in Ilan County this morning. At around 7:40am, a Capital Tours coach carrying 40 passengers from Taipei City en-route to Wuling Farm overtook another vehicle on an approach to a blind curve on highway 7. Dashcam footage [See video below] from the vehicle the bus was overtaking shows the coach

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Air New Zealand To Fly Direct Auckland to Taipei from November

Air New Zealand said it will fly up to 5 times per week direct between Auckland and Taipei Taoyuan International Airport starting in November 2018. The 11 hour flight NZ77 will depart Auckland at 10:35am and arrive in Taiwan at 4:50pm local time. Flight NZ78 will depart Taipei at 6:30pm, arriving in Auckland at 10:20am the following day. The route will be flown by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Air New Zealand briefly flew direct to Taipei in the winter of

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3 Dead and 1 Injured After Residential Fire in Cluttered House

[Pictures: Taichung Fire Bureau.] Two men and one woman died in a fire in Taichung City this morning, and another woman suffered burns to 45% of her body. The dead were found on the second floor, which firefighters said was filled with piles of clutter and books. The dead were two males surnamed Huang, 33, and 70 years-old, and a woman named Su, 32 years-old. A 65 year-old woman named Lin managed to escape but suffered burns to her upper

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Trains Delayed after 5.6 Earthquake Rocks East Coast

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook the east coast counties of Hualien and Taidong this morning, causing Taiwan Railways Administration to order all trains traveling between Fengtian and Ruisui to slow down until safety inspections are completed along the route. The earthquake struck at 7:10 am centered 38.64 kilometers east of Hualien County Yuli Earthquake Station with a maximum intensity of magnitude 5 felt in Changbin Township, Taitung County. Coastal townships south of Hualien City felt a magnitude 4. Maximum earthquake

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Migrant Worker Injured After Hit by Moving Train on Station Platform

An Indonesian man was injured after being hit by a moving train while standing on a platform at Chungli Station in Taoyuan today. Reports in Liberty Times Network and Apple Daily say the man was affected by alcohol at the time. At 3:32 pm, local shuttle service train No. 1204 traveling from Miaoli to Keelung was arriving at Chungli Station when the 31 year old man named as Rokim in media reports “moved toward the moving train.” Liberty Times reported

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Woman Killed by Train After Fainting on Station Platform

A 38 year-old woman died after fainting on platform 4 of Taipei Main Station this morning. A train was pulling into the station when the woman suddenly collapsed and fell forward, with head and shoulders protruding over the edge of the platform. The train driver hit the emergency brake, but was not able to stop in time to avoid hitting the woman. Paramedics found the woman, named Zhang, had suffered head trauma and had no signs of life at the

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Dealer Murdered During Drug Deal

A 26 year-old man stabbed a 24 year-old man to death during a drug deal in Taoyuan City early yesterday morning, Monday, February 20. At around 5:00 am, a man named Gao met a man named Chen at a temple behind Yuan Ze University with the intention of purchasing NT30,000 worth of drugs. The two men traveled to Bade District on Chen’s motorcycle. The men stopped at an intersection on Dongtai Street, where a dispute occurred. During the altercation, Gao

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Man Suffers Burns After Go Kart Bursts into Flames

A man turned into a human fireball after the go kart he was driving erupted into flames at a go kart track in Hsinchu County today, according to reports in Apple Daily and SETN. The twenty-one year-old man, named Peng, was enjoying a day out in sunny, warm weather, on the third day of the Lunar New Year holiday, when the accident happened in Hengshan Township shortly before 4:00 pm this afternoon. According to United Daily News, Peng suffered burns

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Patrol Car Hit while Running Red Light: Forgot to turn on Siren

A police car escorting an ambulance and a civilian car was hit by another car while running a red light in Miaoli County last night. According to Apple Daily, the police officers had forgotten to turn on the siren. Earlier in the evening, officers had received a report from concerned family members that a 38 year old man named Lee intended to commit suicide. Police located the man’s car near Jiuwenshui Bridge, and found Lee in the riverbed at around

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3 Grandma Pickpockets Arrested Working Traditional Lunar New Year Markets

Sharp-eyed police officers formed a task force in greater Taipei and have arrested three female pick-pockets at three different traditional markets as shoppers throng to buy supplies for the Lunar New Year holiday. The three were aged 71, 64, and 59. Ms Huang, 71, traveled from Taichung to work the markets in Taipei. Police believe Huang, who has criminal records for pick-pocketing extending back to 40 years ago or more, is too well known in Taichung, and thus headed to

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