Family rescued after teen locks them in and sets apartment on fire

Firefighters in New Taipei City used a ladder truck to rescue a family of four from a balcony, after they were locked in a burning apartment by a sixteen year old unhappy about being restricted from playing online games and watching TV this morning, September 27. Firefighters in Sanxia District responded to reports of a fire in a 14-storey building on Xuecheng Road at around 3:00 am. Four people were found trapped on the balcony of their burning 6th floor

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Suspect accidentally shot during arrest at freeway rest stop

Miaoli County police fired 7 shots, one of which hit a suspect in the abdomen after the wanted man attempted to ram police at a freeway rest stop this morning, September 27. Police said that the 49-year-old suspect, named Su, was wanted on suspicion of having committed cable thefts in Tongxiao and Sanyi townships. Tongxiao Township police notified their counterparts at the Sanyi police station that Su’s car had been spotted at the Sanyi Cheting Service Area – a freeway

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Trail closed after 4 hikers stung by hornets, one dies

A popular hiking trail in Ruifang District has been temporarily closed after four people were stung by Asian giant hornets in two separate incidents this weekend. A 73-year-old man named Lin and his 62-year-old wife, named Yang, were attacked by hornets while walking on the Sandiaoling Trail on September 24. Both were rushed to Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, but Ms Yang suffered an allergic reaction and organ failure and died yesterday, September 25. Mr Lin remains unconscious in the

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Family seeks answers after Taiwanese infectious disease expert’s sudden death in America

The family of a US-resident retired Taiwanese doctor who became unwell after receiving the third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, then died, has opened a Go Fund Me page to raise money for an autopsy to determine the cause of his death. The death of Wang Wei-sheng, MD, the former Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Mackay Memorial Hospital has deeply shocked Taiwan’s medical community. “Infectious disease senior Doctor Wang found dead at home in America after complete

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Government urged to hurry up with assistance for victims of suspected vaccine adverse events

The chairperson of the Chiayi City branch of the Taiwan People’s Party called on the government to be more proactive in assisting families of suspected cases of vaccine adverse events while visiting one such family yesterday, September 24. TPP Chiayi City Party Committee Chairperson Wu Tingzhen met with family of a 26-year-old man named Huang who is currently in a coma in the intensive care unit of Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital since suffering a stroke nine days ago. On September

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Police officer critically injured in drunk driving accident

A police officer who was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash in Pingtung County was found to have a blood alcohol level seven times over the legal limit, according to reports today, September 24. The 25-year-old detective named Chen drank alcohol with a colleague in his office at the Linyuan Police Station in Kaohsiung City after finishing his duties at 2:00 am. Chen left the station at around 4:00 am to return to his home in Pingtung County. However, Chen’s

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Air, land, sea search for missing intoxicated Brit ends with good news

An air, land, and sea search for a man who was believed missing after leaving a beachside bar in Kenting to go swimming this morning was called off when he was found asleep in his hotel room. According to reports, the 35-year-old British resident of Kaohsiung City left his wallet, phone, and clothing at the bar to go for a swim in South Bay, but failed to return. The bar owner found the man’s belongings when he was about to

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Drunk driver caught after falling asleep on freeway

 A man has been charged for endangering the public after police responded to reports of a man laying in the emergency lane of National Highway 1 in Yunlin County early this morning. National Highway Police Dounan Branch received reports at around 3:00 am that a man was seen sleeping behind a car parked on the Huwei Township section of the freeway near the Dounan Interchange. Police found the man, named Tsai, obviously drunk with a breath alcohol level of 0.78

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Underworld figure arrested after blatant insult to police angers Taiwan’s top cop

Police in Hsinchu County have arrested a man in connection to a case considered to be a blatant insult and provocation to Taiwan’s police force earlier this week. On Wednesday, September 15, a procession of local temple association groups banging drums and performing a lion dance proceeded to a police station in Zhudong Township, where they performed a noisy celebratory spectacle that included setting off fireworks in “congratulations” of the local police director’s “promotion.” However, the police branch director and

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Air France plane turns back to Beijing after “bang,” burning smell in cabin

An Air France flight from Beijing to Paris returned to Beijing shortly after takeoff this morning due to what the airline describes as a “technical fault,” but Chinese media outlets are saying was an explosion and fire in the passenger cabin. Air France said that the crew of flight AF393 flying from Beijing Capital International Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport September 18, 2021 decided to return to Beijing according to the aircraft manufacturer’s operating instructions and the company’s

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4 out of 11 imported COVID cases fully vaccinated: one with 3 doses

Four cases out 11 among people entering Taiwan in the last week occurred in people who were fully vaccinated, the Central Epidemic Command Center said today, September 17. CECC spokesperson  Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) announced the virus sequencing results for immigration cases between September 10 and September 16, saying all 11 cases had tested positive for the Delta variant. Cases included people entering the country from the United States, Japan, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and other countries, Chuang said. The

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