Taiwan stocks tumble following US market rout on tech shares

The Taiwan Stock Exchange Weighted Index (TAIEX) fell almost 500 points, breaching the 16,000 barrier to close at 15,953 points, a drop of 3.03% from the yesterday’s close of 16,452, falling below the 5-day, 10-day, and monthly moving average on the last day of trading for the month today, Friday, February 26. The trading day saw a large volume sell-off in late trading, including a single transaction that saw 34,323 shares of TSMC (TWSE: 2330) shares sold worth a total

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Taiwan’s China Airlines launches last chance farewell party flight on retiring “Queen of the Skies” Boeing 747

China Airlines is offering a last chance to fly on its 747-400 in the form of a “747 Queen of the Skies Farewell Party,” before retiring the aircraft from service. Originally scheduled for February 6, the farewell flight was postponed due to a coronavirus cluster infection in Taoyuan City in January. China Airlines today announced that the flight has been rescheduled for March 20. Passengers who were originally booked for the February 6 flight, and who are unable to make

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National record for cannabis cultivation broken once again, after 1,600+ plant grow-op busted

Chiayi County police and district prosecutors uncovered a record haul of 1,648 marijuana plants after raids on multiple properties in the county, Sunday, February 21. The previous record for a cannabis cultivation operation bust for Taiwan law enforcement was set in August 2020, when Taichung City Police uncovered 1,361 plants in Nantou County. See previous story: Biggest marijuana plantation in Taiwan’s history busted in Nantou County Chiayi County police began an investigation into the operation in November 2020, and raided

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“Mother of Satan” bomber commits suicide in Tainan Detention Center

A man dubbed by Taiwan media as the “Mother of Satan” bomber died of suspected suicide in the Tainan Detention Center two days ago, and an autopsy was carried out on his body today, February 23. Wu Fu-hong, 49, was found dead in his bed in a cell of the detention center Sunday morning. Wu had a cord wrapped around his neck, and his mouth and nose were stuffed with tissue, and taped up, according to reports. Detention center staff

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Two rail workers killed, one injured after being hit by locomotive

Two railway maintenance workers died, and another was seriously injured, after they were hit by a maintenance vehicle in Taitung County this morning, February 23. The three men were replacing a switch on tracks around one kilometer from Haiduan Train Station in Guanshan Township when they were hit by an electric maintenance vehicle being driven by a trainee driver at 8:35 am, according to reports. The three injured workers were rushed to Guanshan Tzu Chi Hospital, but two were pronounced

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Member of the audience attacks actor during Shanghai Disneyland stage performance, shouting “American Pig!”

A woman visiting Shanghai Disneyland jumped onto the stage during a performance of Pirates of the Caribbean, and slapped an actor on the head, while calling him “debauched”, and saying, “you are not worthy of being Chinese,” and “you are an American pig,” Saturday, February 20. Video footage of the incident circulated on Chinese social media websites, Sunday, leading to lively discussions about the incident. Pudong Public Security Bureau said that at about 5:00 pm, February 20, a woman took

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Monkey apes human behavior after zoo visitor drops iPhone

Just a couple of weeks after a Formosan macaque was spotted apparently hard at work at his desk at Sun Yat-sen University, a Southeast Asian relative was recorded attempting to use an iPhone at Hsinchu Zoo, today, Sunday, February 21. Zoo visitors were amazed and delighted when a crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis) picked up a gold-colored iPhone and began to swipe, tap, and stare at the device’s screen. The monkey’s behavior appeared to mimic that of humans, although, perhaps due

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Tesla navigation system bug: crashes if you mention “this” fish soup restaurant in Taiwan

A Tesla owner in Taiwan recently claimed that his car’s navigation system immediately crashed when he input the name and address of a particular fish soup restaurant in Tainan City, and other owners have confirmed the bug. Well-known tech and car bloggers also tested the bug and have uploaded video to social media sites to demonstrate the glitch. The videos show Tesla’s voice-activated navigation system crashing when asked to navigate to the Kaiyuan Road mackerel fish soup restaurant (開元路土魠魚羹) in

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2 dead, 8 injured in 20 vehicle crash on West Coast Expressway

Two people died and eight were injured after a multivehicle pile-up involving six trucks and 14 cars on the West Coast Expressway, this morning, Sunday, February 21. The crash occurred on the Yunjia Bridge at the boundary of Yunlin and Chiayi counties at 7:30 am. One person was obviously dead at the scene of the accident, and was not sent to hospital. Another was without vital signs, and was declared dead at the hospital. Eight people were described as being

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Transgender couple’s pregnancy announcement sparks medical controversy

An Internet celebrity who underwent sex reassignment surgery to become a woman announced that she was pregnant yesterday, sparking skepticism and controversy among the public and medical community. Jiang Jiawen (江嘉文) who goes by the nickname “Wang Yao,” made the announcement via Instagram yesterday, February 18, showing a picture of her belly, along with an ultrasound showing a foetus. Jiang said that she was 12 weeks pregnant. The 28-year-old Internet celebrity underwent sex reassignment surgery in Thailand in 2017. The

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Military drone crash lands in Taitung City park

A military unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) crash landed in Taitung Forest Park this evening, and the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) says the cause of the crash was an error in the flight control system. The UCAV took off from the Chih-hang Air Force Base this afternoon on a test flight, and landed in a forested section of Taitung Forest Park at 6:33 pm, according to reports. There were no casualties, but contact with trees caused

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