Five missing after ship sinks in the Taiwan Strait

Five Thai nationals were rescued and five are missing after a ship lost power in the Taiwan Strait, then sank while being towed to the Port of Kaohsiung last night, October 23. The Seatran Ferry 12, a Tuvulu-registered passenger – vehicular ferry, had been purchased in Japan, and was en route to Thailand when the main engine and auxiliary engines failed at around 11:00 am, yesterday. The ship’s crew contacted a shipping company and hired a tug to tow it

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Indian press hits back at China’s attempt to dictate what and how it reports regarding Taiwan

Senior editors at India’s World is one News (WION) struck back after the Chinese Embassy sent a letter protesting an interview conducted with Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, October 21. The letter sent by the Chinese Embassy to the New Delhi based media outlet “lodges firm opposition and strong protest against WION providing [a] platform for Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority separatist activities.” Ironically, the content of the letter, which WION Executive Editor Palki Sharma posted on Twitter, actually

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Demonstration in Taipei Sunday in support of Hong Kong democracy activists detained in China

Human rights groups are organizing a demonstration to be held in Taipei City, Sunday, October 25, in support of 12 Hong Kong democracy activists who are being held in China after attempting to flee to Taiwan by sea, August 23. The Taiwan Human Rights Promotion Association, the Civil Justice Reform Foundation, and other civil rights groups are organizing the Taiwan Supports Hong Kong Parade. Organizers have called on supporters to gather at 2:00 pm, October 25, at SOGO Square, outside

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First of 52 new commuter trains to arrive in Taiwan Saturday

Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) is preparing to take delivery of the first shipment of new EMU900 local service trains which are expected to arrive October 24. Built in Korea by Hyundai Rotem, the trains are being touted as a big improvement in local train services. With a total cost of NT$25.3 billion (US$873 million), TRA has ordered 52 trains at 10 cars per train. The first 20 cars will arrive at the Port of Hualien, Saturday. The EMU900 will gradually

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Man arrested for fatal hit and run also faces drugs and guns charges

A suspect was arrested yesterday, after an investigation into a hit and run accident in Chiayi County, and police also found a handgun, ammunition, and drugs in the suspect’s motel room. On the morning of October 12, a car suspected to have been driven by a man named Lin, hit a scooter in Dalin Township, Chiayi County. The 32-year-old scooter rider, named Lee, was left seriously injured, and died in hospital yesterday, October 19. Lin did not stop after the

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China claims 10.9 million COVID tests in Qingdao City all negative: Taiwan’s Health Minister says “impossible”

Chinese officials claimed yesterday that COVID-19 tests on 10.9 million people in Qingdao City, Shandong Province, had all returned negative results, but Taiwan’s Health Minister, Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), said today that such a result was impossible. Citywide tests for Qingdao City’s population of 11 million were ordered after a cluster infection of 13 people centered around a local hospital was discovered recently. The cluster was claimed to be China’s first case of locally transmitted COVID-19 in over two months. The

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Suspect cannabis grower claims 467 plants were for his own use

A man told police that 467 marijuana plants growing on two New Taipei City properties were for his own use, but investigators are not buying his claim. Police began an investigation recently after residents reported a suspicious smell coming from a house in Tamsui District. Investigators suspected the smell was marijuana and applied for a search warrant. Yesterday afternoon, October 15, police raided the property and arrested a 43-year-old man named Liao after finding 120 cannabis plants in the house.

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Five human-rights-violating dictatorships elected to United Nations Human Rights Council while democratic nation Taiwan still denied UN membership

The United States and Israel are among critics of the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to advance China, Russia, Cuba, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan to the United Nation’s top human rights body – the United Nation’s Human Rights Council (UNHCR), and Taiwan United Nations Alliance is also calling out the UN’s hypocrisy. “Today the UN General Assembly once again elected countries with abhorrent human rights records, including China, Russia, and Cuba. Venezuela was elected in 2019,” US Secretary of State Mike

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Small truck gets stuck in big truck and hitches a ride on freeway

A light truck crashed into the back of a gravel truck on National Freeway 3 today, and was dragged for around one kilometer. The small truck, driven by a 58-year-old man named Liu smashed into the back of the semi-trailer at the 45 kilometer southbound mark. The driver of the gravel-truck, Mr Hsiao, did not feel the impact, and continued to drive along the freeway oblivious to the fact that he had a hitchhiker attached to the back of his

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President visits long-range, early-warning station: Media speculates on US personnel spotted in the background

President Tsai Ing-wen visited a long-range, early-warning radar facility today, October 13, and the media is abuzz about the first time US personnel have been included in official pictures on the site. Due to adverse weather conditions, a helicopter could not be used to transport President Tsai to the facility, but not to be deterred, a bus was deployed to ferry the presidential contingent from Zhudong Township to the remote base, situated at an altitude of more than 2,600 meters,

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Freighter runs aground on coast of southern Taiwan after crew abandons crippled ship

A crew of 13 was rescued from a freighter yesterday, after the drifting vessel began to list dangerously, then the ship ran aground after an attempt to tow the vessel failed. The Sierra-Leone-registered, 2,600 ton general-cargo freighter, Zhihai 8, lost power in the early hours of the morning, yesterday, October 12. The crew abandoned ship by life raft after the ship began listing severely to starboard, threatening to overturn. Coast Guard vessels and a helicopter were dispatched from the Port

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