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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Coast Guard Intercepts Boatload of Illegal Immigrants

[Cover Picture: Liberty Times Network] A Chinese fishing boat carrying 19 illegal immigrants from Vietnam was intercepted by Kaohsiung Coastguard officers yesterday evening, April 9, 2017. According to a Liberty Times Network report, 10 females and 9 males had paid people smugglers around US$6,000 (NT$180,000), to be transported to Taiwan. The Vietnamese had traveled to the coast of China, where they boarded the fishing vessel. Coastguard officers arrested the 19, along with 3 boat crew around 12 nautical miles off

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Taiwan Police Uniform Design 30 Years Old: Time for Change

[Cover Picture from NPA Facebook page. Chinese reads: “New era, new police service”] Taiwan’s National Police Administration (NPA) has invited boots on the ground police officers, textile and clothing designers, and experts and scholars in related fields to participate in designing new uniforms for the nation’s police officers. The NPA convened a meeting on March 31 to instigate the research phase of a plan to update uniforms that were designed 30 years ago. A post on the NPA Facebook page

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Anti-Terror Drills Held in Taipei Ahead of Summer Universiade

[Cover Picture: United Daily News] An anti-terror exercise held in Taipei this afternoon, March 27, saw civilian and military police co-ordinate against a simulated terror attack involving explosives hidden in a sports stadium, and a hostage situation on a bus. The exercise was a rehearsal, or dummy run for an anti-terror drill to be held at 2:30pm, March 30, which will be attended by President Tsai Ing-wen. The exercises are being held in preparation for the 2017 Summer Universiade to

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Search for Missing Firefighter Called Off after 20 Days

[Picture: United Daily News] The search for a Taipei firefighter who went missing while on a hiking trip in Hualian County has been suspended after search and rescue teams failed to find a trace of the man after 20 days. Firefighter Li Ying-xun (李盈勳) lost contact with his two hiking partners when he went searching for water at around 4:00pm March 1. Due to the remoteness of the location it was more than 24 hours until the men were able

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