8 family members dead after arson attack in Hsinchu City

Eight people are dead, including four children, after a man set fire to his family’s home in Hsinchu City last night, June 15. Hsinchu City Fire Department received reports of a fire at a residence and tire shop on Dongda Road shortly after 10:00 pm. Firefighters brought the blaze under control and the fire was fully extinguished at around 11:00 pm. Firefighters entered the building and found eight charred bodies in the second-floor residence. According to reports, among the dead

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Two suspects charged for killing, burying Formosan black bear

Two men have been charged on suspicion of shooting dead a bear, removing the satellite tracking collar, and burying the animal in an attempt to hide the evidence in a remote mountain district in Nantou County earlier this month. Forestry Bureau staff monitoring the bear’s movements via a satellite tracking device went searching for the animal after the signal disappeared on May 6 in the vicinity of the Wujie communitiy in Renai Township. After searching the area where the signal

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Dashcam captures driver fleeing seconds before landslide would have buried him alive

A dashcam video circulating on social media sites shows the moment a driver running back to his car and reversing to safety just seconds before the hillside collapses onto the spot where he had parked his car, today, May 16. Taiwan has seen many rockfalls and landslides after several days of heavy rain under the influence of a rainy season stationary front. At around 1:30 pm this afternoon, Monday, a man named Lin was driving on a backroad used by

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Victims, gunman in California church shooting were all Taiwanese

The victims and the gunman involved in a shooting incident at an Orange County, California church that left one man dead and 5 people injured were all Taiwanese, according to reports in Taiwan’s Chinese language media. According to United Daily News, deputy director of Taiwan’s representative office (TECO) Los Angeles, Richard Lin, told Taiwan’s Central News Agency in a phone interview that police received a report of a shooting at the Geneva Presbyterian Church at 1:26 pm Sunday, May 15.

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Police fire warning shots after drunk driver crashes into café, resists arrest

Taichung City police fired two warning shots before arresting a drunk driver who crashed into a café while attempting to evade a roadside check this morning, May 15. Police on patrol in North District attempted to pull over a driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol at the intersection of Wuquan Road and Gongyuan Road at 9:10 am. However, the driver refused to stop, and sped away from the police. In the interests of public safety, police did

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Grieving migrant worker forcefully restrained after escaping from quarantine hotel

A migrant worker was sprayed with pepper spray and restrained by police and paramedics after he jumped from the third floor of a quarantine hotel in Hualien County yesterday, after receiving news that his mother had died. According to reports, the 29-year-old Indonesian national had been staying in the quarantine hotel after testing positive for COVID-19, and was due to return to work today, May 10. However, on the morning of May 9, the man received news of his mothers

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Machine gun bullet from WWII air raid found lodged in Tainan City temple roof

Workers renovating a 186-year-old temple in Tainan City found a machine gun bullet lodged in the roof, and it is most likely a relic of US air raids at the end of World War Two, the Tainan Cultural Assets Protection Association says. The Cultural Assets Association said that the Shanxing Temple in Jiali District was founded in 1836. The exquisite clay sculpture and other construction methods, the traditional Fujian-style courtyard, and the Golden Tang Hall reflect the characteristics of the

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Taiwan stocks tumble following Wall Street’s 5th consecutive weekly decline Friday

Taiwan’s Capitalization Weighted Stock Index (TAIEX) fell more than 300 points (2.19%) Monday after US markets marked a bearish 5-week-long losing streak Friday. Affected by high inflation, rising interest rates, and declines in corporate profits, Taiwan stocks fell to an almost one year low at prices not seen since May 21 last year. The TAIEX opened at 16,345.8, 62 points down from Friday’s close, and tumbled more than 200 points in early trading. After a brief rebound the decline continued

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Rainy season front expected to bring heavy rain this weekend

Weather forecasters are predicting a rainy weekend with a typical rainy season front expected to approach northern Taiwan, Thursday, and slowly move southward until it reaches the South China Sea, Tuesday. According to the Central Weather Bureau, as the weak front currently bringing cloudy weather today moves away, Tuesday and Wednesday will see temperatures rise to maximums of 31°C in northern and central parts of Taiwan, and 31°C to 33°C in the south with brief isolated showers and afternoon thunderstorms

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Monkey hit and killed by motorcycle, rider injured

A motorcyclist was sent to hospital with minor injuries, and a Formosan macaque died after it ran across the road and was hit by a motorcycle in Taitung County yesterday, May 7 Police from the Dawu police station received a report of an accident involving a heavy motorcycle at the 395.7 kilometer mark on Provincial Highway 9 in Taimali Township at around 1:00 pm. According to witnesses, the macaque suddenly dashed out onto the road and the rider, named Lin,

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Snorkeler missing off northeast coast for 24 hours picked up by fishing boat

A man who went missing while snorkeling off the coast of New Taipei City yesterday was rescued by a fishing boat in Yilan County this morning, Sunday, May 8. According to reports, the 43-year-old man, named Shen, went snorkeling with a partner, named You, near Magang Fishing Port in Gongliao District at around 8:00 am Saturday. At around noon, You went ashore but was unable to find Shen. You searched for several hours before calling the New Taipei City Fire

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