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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Driver Causes Paint Spill then Drives Away: 3 Injured

Three scooter riders in Kaohsiung yesterday required hospital treatment after slipping on paint spilled on the road. The driver of the truck who left the scene after the paint spill will be fined for failing to deal with the spill. Four 20 liter buckets of white paint fell off the back of the truck. The driver picked the buckets up and put them on the sidewalk before driving away. The driver told police that he didn’t know how to deal

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Iranian Fighter Strikes Again: Bus Driver and Cops Injured

An Iranian man who was released without bail after fighting with police near the Presidential Palace yesterday morning, beat up a bus driver in Yonghe District before fighting with police who came to the driver’s assistance this morning. Wahid, 31, was released without bail last night and restricted to his residence in Yonghe District. At around 6:00am, Wahid appeared in the middle of a road in Yonghe District, impeding traffic. The driver of a shuttle bus got out to try

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Iranian Man Attacks Cops

An Iranian man referred to in Chinese language news reports as “Wahid” attacked police officers standing guard at an intersection of Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei City this morning. Two officers required hospital treatment after the attack. Shortly after 11:00am the police officers were standing in the pouring rain at the intersection of Gongyuan Road and Ketagalan Boulevard when the Iranian suddenly approached and started swinging punches. Liberty Times Network reported that the man is about 30 years old and is

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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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Eight Months Prison for NT$87 Snatch & Grab

A man in Pingtung County was sentenced to 8 months in prison after being convicted of stealing NT$87 from a busker at a Pingtung night market earlier this year. On June 2, at around 8:00pm, a 58 year-old ukulele player named Shia was performing at the night market and had accumulated NT$87 in his bowl, when a thief suddenly snatched the bowl and ran. Mr Shia chased the thief, 40 year-old Hung, and caught up with him on a street

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7 Injured in Tainan City Bus Crash

[Cover picture: UDN] Six passengers suffered minor injuries, and the driver was seriously injured, when a bus crashed into a steel column in Tainan City’s Xinying District today. It is suspected the driver suffered a heart attack before the accident. At around 7:30am this morning, a Tainan City Bus veered across the center line into the path of oncoming traffic, mounted the sidewalk, knocked down a light pole and a fire hydrant, then slammed into the steel columns outside the

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12 Injured in Tour Bus Accident

Eleven Vietnamese tourists and the Taiwanese driver of their tour bus were injured when the bus ran into the back of a semi-trailer on a highway near Keelung this morning at around 10:30am. The 53 year-old driver, Mr Chen was trapped in the driver’s compartment for more than 30 minutes. Chen suffered a fractured pelvis, a lumbar vertebra fracture, and a broken thumb. Eleven passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries, mostly to the head and hands. The tour

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Mother Leaves Baby at Scene of Accident: Seeks Medical Attention for Herself

Emergency workers called to the scene of a single-vehicle car accident in Kaohsiung City this morning were shocked to find a 2 month-old baby in a baby carrier/safety seat on the sidewalk, and no sign of the mother or other occupants of the vehicle. The baby was conscious and had no visible trauma, however, at the after an examination at the hospital, it was found that the infant had suffered an intracranial hemorrhage. The baby was later reported to be

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Felon Holds Knife to Neck and Flees Court

A man who had his parole revoked after being arrested for firearms offenses put a knife to his own neck, told bailiffs to stay away, and escaped from the Hsinchu District Court wearing fetters yesterday, Wednesday, October 4. Ho Rong-qi (何榮淇) had just been told that he would be going back to prison when he drew a utility knife and threatened to kill himself. Ho escaped the basement-level court via the judges’ passageway and locked a fire door behind him,

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Tour Coach Stuck in Motorcycle Underpass

A tour coach carrying Chinese tourists in Kaohsiung this morning stuck fast against the top of a low-clearance underpass reserved exclusively for motorcycle traffic. At around 9:30am, the coach carrying 16 passengers, described as independent Chinese tourists on their way to Kenting, mistakenly took the motorcycle lane of the freeway underpass in Fengshan District. Although the vehicle was damaged, nobody was hurt and the passengers disembarked themselves. The driver was cagey about what happened. He insisted that his coach was

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