Express train derailed by fallen rock as earthquake aftershocks continue to rattle Taiwan’s east coast

An express train bound for Taipei City derailed after hitting a boulder that fell onto the tracks in last night, but fortunately nobody was injured in the accident. According to reports, the Puyuma express train #445 from Taitung to New Taipei City hit a boulder and derailed near Heping Train Station in Xiulin Township in Hualien County at 9:10 pm. The accident caused traffic in both directions of the railway to be stopped. None of the 146 passengers or staff

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Taiwanese Tennis Talent Garland Sets Sights on Assisting Taiwan in Paris Olympics

Lyon Chiang: Taipei After last year’s Asian Games in Hangzhou, tennis player Joanna Garland, of Taiwanese-English descent, headed to Changsha, China, on April 6th. Joining forces with teammates Hsieh Su-wei, Chan Hao-ching, and others, she’s set to represent the Chinese Taipei team in the Kingen Cup starting on the 8th. Garland’s main goal for the year is to support Taiwan in the Olympics, due to her determined spirit to see Taiwanese athletes shine on the Olympic stage. Hsieh Su-wei, the

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Big earthquake on Taiwan’s east coast felt across island: reports of damage and casualties

Story still being revised and updated: 12:58 pm. Four people have died, and 98 are injured. Many people heading to work and school around Taiwan this morning had their morning commute interrupted when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast, causing shockwaves that shut down train and metro services in the capital Taipei and other cities. According to Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration, the earthquake struck at 7:58 am, at a depth of 15.5 kilometers, 25 kilometers south-southeast of Hualien

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Australian woman charged after airport customs finds large quantity of heroin in suitcase

A 60-year-old Australian woman has been charged for attempting to smuggle nearly 7 kilograms of heroin into Taiwan via Taoyuan International Airport. Taiwan’s Aviation Police Bureau announced today that the woman was arrested at Taoyuan International Airport in December 2023 when customs officers found a package containing 6.926 kilograms of heroin in her suitcase. According to the police press release, customs officers spotted abnormalities in the suitcase during an X-ray inspection of inbound luggage. Customs officers waited until the woman

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Bus accident leaves one dead, 14 injured in Kaohsiung City

One man died at the scene, and 14 people were injured, after a bus crashed into the roof of an underpass designed exclusively for motorcycles in Kaohsiung City yesterday, March 20. According to reports, at around 8:25 pm Wednesday, the 56-year-old driver named Deng (鄧) drove a double-deck tour bus in the motorcycle lane of a freeway underpass on Shuiguan Road in Renwu District, apparently ignoring height limit warning signs. Deng, sitting in the lower deck driver compartment, drove the

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Couple missing on Taiwan’s highest mountain found dead after 6-day search and rescue operation

The bodies of a couple who went missing while hiking on Yushan (Mount Jade) 9 days ago were found at the bottom of a slope below the south peak this morning, Tuesday, March 12. Zhang Zhongyi and his wife Wang Mingli, both 55 years old, were last seen at the Yuanfeng Cabin when they left to climb the south peak on the morning of March 3. Other mountain climbers reported them missing on March 5 after they did not return

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Teacher apologizes for using cat in physics experiment

A Taipei City cram school teacher has apologized after receiving widespread condemnation for using a real cat to demonstrate what physicists call “the falling cat problem.” Physics teacher Lee Feng took to social media late last night to make a public apology after a video of him conducting the experiment went viral yesterday. The video shows Lee holding a ginger cat upside down by its legs before releasing it and letting it fall to the ground in front of a

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Taiwan air force to increase late night flight training to counter CCP aggression

Taiwan’s air force apologized to the public as it announced that it would conduct late-night flight training to counter the increasing threat level posed by the Chinese military in Taiwan’s air and sea space. In a press release issued yesterday evening, March 5, Air Force Command said that it would comply with instructions from the Ministry of National Defense (MND) to increase nighttime combat skills and tactical execution experience for pilots of various types of aircraft to enhance preparedness and

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Men’s table tennis team world championship Bronze achievement: Lin envisions Olympic ticket as just the beginning

By Lyon Chiang In the recent ITTF World Championships in Busan Korea, the Taiwanese team achieved a historic milestone by defeating last year’s European champions, Sweden, and the world’s second-ranked team, Germany. They only fell to the French team in the semifinals, matching their best-ever finish. Lin Yun-Ju played the most matches for the team, participating in 11 games and contributing 9 wins. Despite losses to Japanese star Tomokazu Harimoto and French star F. Lebrun, Lin emerged as a key

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Man suspected of deliberately crashing truck into police station: 1 officer dead, 1 injured

A man is suspected of deliberately crashing a stolen truck into a police station, killing one officer and injuring another, before running onto railway tracks and being fatally hit by a train in Keelung City late last night. According to reports, a 34-year-old man, named Jian, stole a truck from the Aodi Fishing Port in Gongliao District. At 10:00 pm, Jian crashed the truck into the Badu Police Station in Nuannuan District at high speed, hitting two police officers. Jian

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Drug syndicate disguises drug mules as monks: Fake monks arrested at airports in Taiwan and Japan

A transnational drug trafficking group disguised drug smugglers as monks in an attempt to thwart airport security, but two of the fake monks have been arrested at airports in Taiwan and Japan. According to an investigation by the Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office, a 25-year-old Taiwanese man named Liu Jingting was recruited by a drug syndicate to smuggle ketamine from Cambodia to Taiwan in September 2023. Liu Jingting was accompanied by two members of the group, Xu and Gao, who acted

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