7 Injured in Restaurant Gas Explosion

[Picture: A man is seen rescuing his 3 year-old daughter after a gas explosion in Changhua County.] Seven people were injured, including a 3 year-old girl, when leaking gas at a table in a hot pot restaurant erupted into flames in Changhua County this evening, Thursday, November 9. Video monitors recorded the moment at around 6:00pm, when a staff member was attempting to change a gas bottle for the tabletop gas burner. The staff member looks nervous as he anxiously

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Air Force Fighter and Pilot Missing at Sea

[Picture: Ministry of Defense.] Taiwan’s navy and air force today are continuing the search for a pilot who went down in the ocean 60 nautical miles north of Pengjia Islet yesterday evening. Search and rescue operations were launched after contact with the Mirage 2000 was lost at 6:43pm, November 7. The aircraft was piloted by 28 year-old Captain Ho Tzu-yu (何子雨) of the 499th Tactical Fighter Wing, and was on a routine night flying training mission at the time. Air

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51 Shots Fired into House: Police Search for Gunman

At around 8:45am this morning in Tainan City, a man got out of a taxi, fired 51 shots into the garage door of a high-end residence, then entered another cab and fled. Police who arrived at the scene in Anping District recovered 51 bullet shells and 2 rounds of live ammunition scattered on the road. Fortunately, nobody was harmed in the incident as the residents were asleep on the third floor at the time, and the first floor only housed

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Angry Girlfriend Ditches Boyfriend’s Car

After officers accessed surveillance monitor footage today, they discovered that a woman had apparently deliberately driven a BMW into a drainage channel in Taipei City. Police received a report early this morning that a car had fallen into the stream in Nangang District. Nobody was found in or around the car. Police tracked down the owner, a man named Lin. Lin told them that he must have forgotten to apply the handbrake, causing the car to roll from the perfectly

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Foreign Nationals Suspected in NT$200 Million Diamond Heist

Police are seeking 6 men and 2 women said to be of a south Asian appearance after a bag containing NT$200 million worth of diamonds was stolen in broad daylight at the 2017 Taiwan Jewelry and Gem Fair yesterday, November 6. The fair, held at the Taipei World Trade Center in Xinyi District, had just concluded and exhibitors were packing up at the time of the robbery. According to a report in Liberty Times Network, a 46 year-old woman named

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Australian Artist Reproduces Kaohsiung Street-grit in Miniature

Australian artist Joshua Smith recently completed a model of a locksmith’s shop in Kaohsiung City and it will be on display in an exhibition at the Arcade Art Gallery in Kaohsiung from November 10. According to My Modern Met, Smith, a former stencil artist and gallerist has focused on creating miniature urban landscapes for the past two years. Smith’s previous work featured a building in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The Kaohsiung locksmith building is replicated on a 1:18 scale and includes

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Machine Pistol Seized During Roadside Check

A Zoraki 914 automatic pistol was confiscated by police after a driver was pulled over for running a red light in Changhua City shortly after midnight today, November 5. While submitting the driver to an alcohol breath test, police noticed a case on the floor of the vehicle which the driver said contained a power tool. Police insisted on searching the box and found it contained an assault pistol, magazines, a silencer, and 48 rounds of ammunition. The Zoraki 914,

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Murder Suspect Requests Quick Execution

A man arrested after 19 days on the run requested prosecutors have him executed as quickly as possible for having accidentally killed his own niece last month. On October 16, in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Wang, 60, was drunk and had an argument with one of his nieces about her noisy children. When another niece attempted to mediate, Wang shot her in the back. The bullet went through the 41 year-old woman’s heart and killed her. Wang then fled the

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Neighbor Rescues Infant Dangling from 4th Floor Window

A 2 year-old girl dangled precariously from a 4th floor window with her head stuck in the security bars in Taoyuan City last night until a brave neighbor climbed onto a narrow awning to help rescue the child. At around 10:00pm November 3, a man left a 2 year old child and a baby alone in the house as he went out to buy supper. The two year old managed to crawl out of a window and fell through the

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Baby Finless Porpoise Washed up on Oil-Stained Beach

A dead juvenile finless porpoise was found on an oil-contaminated beach in Kinmen County yesterday, November 3, after a Chinese-registered gravel ship that ran aground last month broke up and sank around 700 meters offshore. The vessel Quan Hai 88 ran aground on October 16, with 10 tons of diesel fuel and 60 tons of heavy oil on board, according to this Liberty Times Network Report made on October 17. The same report said that port authorities on the Taiwan

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Submachine Gun Among New Taipei City Arsenal

Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) officers arrested three men in New Taipei City yesterday and confiscated 8 guns including a Skorpion machine-pistol. Police made the arrests after investigating a 46 year-old man named Zheng (鄭), who was suspected of trafficking in black market firearms. Police had been tipped off to the operation last month. Yesterday afternoon, at around 4:00pm, police swooped on a construction company in Zhonghe District, where Zheng and his accomplices were believed to be making a transaction. The

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