Taiwan prosecutors find Elon Musk not guilty of instructing or inducing people to smoke marijuana

The Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office has concluded that Elon Musk is not guilty of inducing others to smoke marijuana, following an investigation arising from accusations made against the American billionaire by lawyer Zoe Lee. On August 23, 2023, Lee, who serves as secretary-general of Taiwan’s Green Party, filed a lawsuit accusing Musk of smoking marijuana during a show aired online in 2018, spreading the notion that marijuana is harmless. Musk also loosened regulations to allow marijuana advertisements on his social

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Surfers suspend competition, perform ceremony for contestant who died in traffic accident

Surfers competing in the Taiwan Open of Surfing in Taitung County today suspended the morning’s events, and held a paddle-out ceremony for an Indonesian contestant who died in a traffic accident yesterday. More than 100 surfers carried flowers and paddled out of the surf zone to form a circle before holding a minute’s silence in remembrance of 24-year-old pro surfer Febriansyah. The Taitung County Government liaised with Indonesia’s representative office in Taiwan to contact and provide assistance to Febriansyah’s family.

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Indonesian pro surfer dead after motorcycle accident on Taiwan’s east coast

An Indonesian man visiting Taiwan to compete in an international surfing competition was declared dead at the hospital, after suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle accident on the coastal highway in Taitung County last night, November 10. Police and Fire Department paramedics responded to reports of a single-vehicle accident on Highway 11 in Donghe Township shortly after midnight, Friday. The 24-year-old Indonesian national, Febriansyah was found seriously injured after crashing into a tree while riding a motor scooter. Febriansyah was

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EVA Air flight canceled after baggage trailer collides with plane at Bangkok Airport

An EVA Air flight from Bangkok to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was canceled after the aircraft was hit by two runaway baggage trailers, rendering the plane unairworthy for take-off. According to EVA Air, Flight BR202, Bangkok to Taoyuan, was originally scheduled to take off at 2:40 pm local time yesterday, November 9. However, a short time before boarding, two baggage trailers being towed near the plane disconnected from the tow tractor. The trailers collided with the engine cowling of the

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5 passengers injured in fatal bus crash still in intensive care: bus driver charged with negligent homicide

Five passengers from a group of 39 who were injured, one fatally, when a bus overturned in Yilan County yesterday, remain in a critical condition, and the bus driver has been charged with negligent homicide following a preliminary investigation into the crash. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board investigated the scene of the crash yesterday evening, and again this morning. Investigators recorded marks and scratches on the road surface that extended more than 100 meters, along with impact-damaged guardrails

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Tour bus overturns on mountain road: 1 dead, 38 injured

One person died, and 38 were injured after a tour bus overturned on a mountain road in Yilan County, Sunday afternoon, October 5. The Yilan County Fire Department dispatched personnel and equipment from eight fire stations following reports of a bus crashing and overturning at the 5.3 kilometer mark of the Taiping Mountain Access Road at 3:17 pm. According to reports, there were 42 people aboard the bus, which was carrying a group of environmental volunteers from Bade District, Taoyuan

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Gang affiliate dead after breaking first rule of gun safety

A man in northern Taiwan died Monday evening after he put a gun he believed to be malfunctioning to his own head before pulling the trigger to demonstrate that it didn’t work. According to reports, the 40-year-old man, named Tsai, was entertaining a friend named Su and two teenage boys in his living room when the accident occured. According to the police investigation, which included video footage from a home security camera, and the testimony of witnesses, Tsai pulled a

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Electric bicycle vendor charged for negligent homicide after battery explosion leads to death of elderly woman

An electric bicycle vendor in New Taipei City has been indicted on charges of negligent homicide, after an investigation into the death of an elderly woman who was seriously injured when a lithium-ion battery exploded under the seat of a tricycle she was riding earlier this year. According to the investigation by the New Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office, a man named Chen purchased an electric tricycle from a vendor at the Chongxin Bridge Flea Market in Sanchong District on December

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Beer spillage causes serious traffic jam for morning commuters in Keelung City

Commuters trying to get to work or school were stuck in a serious traffic jam this morning, after a load of more than 500 boxes of Taiwan beer fell off a truck in Keelung City’s Anle District. According to reports, the accident happened at around 6:30 am on Jijin Road near the Highway 3 Jijin Freeway Interchange. Thousands of people attempting to get to downtown Keelung, or to Taipei via the freeway, were affected. The Keelung City Environmental Protection Bureau

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Road Rage: Driver forces motorcyclist off road, gets shot with pepper gun

A man was shot five times with a pepper ball gun after he forced a motorcyclist off the road in a road rage incident in Kaohsiung City, it was revealed after a video of the incident was shared on social media, yesterday, October 30. A helmet-cam video uploaded to social media showed the driver of blue sedan cutting across traffic from the left lane to make a right-hand turn in Sanmin District at around 7:00 am on September 16. According

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Stray silver fox to be put up for adoption if owner doesn’t come forward

A Miaoli County animal shelter will put a silver fox up for adoption if the owner doesn’t claim it within seven days, after the rare exotic pet was found wandering in a suburb of Miaoli City in recent days. Members of the public reported an unusual-looking stray dog with a Buddhist lucky charm hanging from its neck in the Fuxing Mountain area on the outskirts of Miaoli City a few days ago. The “dog” was chased by other stray dogs

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