Store in Hsinchu Sells Swastika as German National Flag

A car accessories store in Jhubei City, Hsinchu County is selling Nazi flags as German flags. When exposed on social media, commenters criticized the store for “lacking international values”. A Facebook user uploaded images to a Hsinchu-based breaking news group earlier today showing the Nazi flag for sale among the national flags of many nations. Sitting between the American and Canadian flags, the label in Chinese reads “German national flag.” A reporter for Liberty Times Network went to the store

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Cops Help Foreign Student Tow Scooter to Repair Shop

A Ukrainian student studying at National Chiao Tung University was impressed by the helpfulness of Taiwan police after police officers helped him locate a mechanic and then towed him to the repair shop yesterday, October 10. Mykola was enjoying a trip around Hsinchu County’s Neiwan Scenic Area when his scooter broke down. It was a national holiday and the last day of a four-day long weekend, so most motorcycle repair shops were closed. Two police officers spotted the blond-haired, blue-eyed

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Taipei Prison Expansion Completed: Overcrowding to be Reduced

A 6 storey building was opened at Taipei Prison in Taoyuan this morning. A Ministry of Justice spokesman said that the new facility will help reduce overcrowding and ensure that international human rights standards are met. The original prison was designed to hold 2,700 prisoners but already has a prison population that exceeds 3,000. The new building will be able to house 1,300 inmates in 146 cells that have bunk beds and a writing desk. Taiwan’s prison authorities are striving

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65 Illegal Immigrants Arrested in Swoop on Chicken Slaughterhouse

Immigration police, New Taipei City police, and Labor Bureau officials yesterday raided a chicken slaughter and distribution factory in Hsinchuang District. Of 78 foreign workers, 65 were found to be undocumented. Police received a tip-off recently that a chicken factory was employing the undocumented foreign workers in order to meet extra demand for chicken meat in the lead up to the mid-Autumn festival, when Taiwanese according to recent tradition, gather with family and friends to enjoy a barbecue. The 2,000

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UK Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Taiwan Judiciary in Extradition Case

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled in favor of Taiwan judicial authorities contesting a decision made by the Appeal Court in Scotland concerning the extradition of a Scotsman who absconded from Taiwan after being convicted of offenses relating to a fatal traffic accident in 2010. Zain Dean was convicted and sentenced after trial by the District Court of Taipei in March 2011. The court pronounced Dean guilty of driving while under the influence of alcohol, negligent manslaughter, and

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Flood Victim’s Remains Found on Matsu Islands

A badly decomposed corpse found in the Matsu Islands is believed to belong to an 85 year old woman named Tang, who fell into flood waters in a mountainous area near Keelung City June 2. Coast Guard officers received a report from fishermen who were gathering shellfish when they stumbled across human remains on the shore of Nangan, the southern main island of the Matsu group, at around noon yesterday. Although the corpse was in such an advanced state of

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Taiwan’s Death Clock Ticking Faster: Ministry of Health and Welfare

Ministry of Health and Welfare officials today released national mortality statistics for 2016, and noted that on average one person died every 3 minutes and 3 seconds, 11 seconds faster than the previous year. The statistical report revealed that a total of 172, 418 people died in Taiwan last year. The leading cause of death was cancer, which took a life every 11 minutes, 2 seconds, 11 seconds faster than the previous year. Cancer accounted for 27.7% of deaths, with

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Firefighter Rappels to Rescue Woman Dangling 24 Floors Up

Firefighters and police were involved in a risky rescue in Tainan City yesterday, when a suicidal woman climbed over a safety barrier and sat on a narrow ledge on the roof of a 24-story building. Ms Lee, 22, held on to a steel post and lowered herself off the ledge. Officers held her until a firefighter used rappelling equipment to suspend himself below the woman. The firefighter then pushed her back up to the ledge. Ms Lee reportedly had become

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Taiwan High Speed Rail Criticized Over Discriminatory Hiring Policy

[Cover picture: Nikkei] A Kaohsiung City Government councilor, and a spokesman for a prisoner rehabilitation group spoke out today against a clause in Taiwan High Speed Rail’s tender contracts that prohibit contractors from employing people with criminal records. Kaohsiung City councilor Lina Chen (陳麗娜) said the restriction was discriminatory, unlawful, and unconstitutional. Councilor Chen requested THSR to remove the discriminatory clause or she will report the company to the Control Yuan. A spokesperson for a prisoner rehabilitation group, Liu Jia-guo

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Same-Sex Marriage Rights Guaranteed by Constitution: Highest Court Rules

Taiwan’s highest court, the Judicial Yuan, today declared that denial of same-sex marriage rights were a violation of rights guaranteed by the constitution of the Republic of China, and ordered the government to amend the civil code within a period of 2 years. According to the ruling, if the civil code remains unamended after the expiration of 2 years, the provisions of the civil code that specify that marriage is between “husband and wife” will become null and void, and

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Taiwan’s Shortest Taxi Driver Dedicated to Helping Disabled

[Cover picture: Mirror Media] Known as Taiwan’s shortest taxi driver, Cheng Jianzhi (程健智) quit his job in veterinary research to fulfill his high-school dream of driving a ‘barrier-free’ taxi. Just 123cm tall, Cheng was born with Osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease. Cheng was forced to drop out of high school due to injuries, but enrolled in veterinary studies at the age of 27. After graduation Cheng worked for the Council of Agriculture. Now 44 years-old, as a

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