Two-headed snake caught on school campus

A two-headed wolf snake was found by students at an elementary school in Chiayi County this morning, and it was sent to a research center for study despite a possible market value of up to a million Taiwan dollars. The Chiayi County Department of Agriculture dispatched a snake catcher to the school after receiving a report from school administrators. Students found the tiny snake while on cleaning duties at around 7:30 am on campus of Dayou Elementary School in rural

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Typhoon alert lifted: Chanthu leaves Taiwan relatively unscathed

Only minor damage and casualties were reported after Typhoon Chanthu skirted Taiwan’s east coast before heading toward China today, Sunday, September 12. The Central Weather Bureau lifted the land-based alert for Typhoon Chanthu at 8:30 pm and is expected to lift the sea warning at midnight if the storm maintains its current trajectory and speed. At the time the alert was lifted Typhoon Chanthu was located 190 kilometers east-northeast of Taipei moving north-northwest at a speed of 8 kilometers per

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United Nations helps Chinese Communist Party make American high schoolers say Taiwan part of China

A high school in Colorado changed references to Taiwan on its website after a UN committee said it was a “hiccup” in an application for students to participate in a UN teen advisory board. “Trying to give some students a taste of foreign affairs, Colorado‚Äôs Regis Jesuit High School applied for credentials to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women,” The Wall Street Journal reported September 10. However, the UN emailed the school informing them of a

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Runaway crane on Cross-Island Highway kills two

Two women died after a crane employed on a slope repair project on the Central Cross-Island Highway in Hualien County rolled into vehicles at around noon today, September 10. Police from Xincheng sub-bureau say that vehicles were stopped at the roadworks section at the 117 kilometer mark of Provincial Highway 8 when the crane hit the cars before crashing through a guardrail and rolling off the road. According to reports this afternoon, the driver was not in the crane at

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Employee launches unsuccessful car attack on uni admin center after work performance criticized

A university employee drank whiskey and smoked marijuana before attempting to drive his car into the administration center of Taipei National University of the Arts, yesterday, September 9. According to the police investigation, the 57-year-old man, named Lee, worked as a housekeeper and administrator at a university dormitory. Lee became disgruntled after he was called in for an interview during which his work performance was criticized. In response, Lee, who is said to come from a well-off family, drove his

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High-speed single-vehicle crash leaves one dead, one seriously injured

A woman died and a man was left critically injured after both were thrown out of a car that crashed into a utility pole in Miaoli County this morning, September 10. Emergency services responded to reports of a crash at the intersection of Miaoli County #43 and Dexing Road in Yuanli Township at around 6:40 am. Police and firefighters found a car that had been torn in half by the impact of the crash, with both occupants thrown out of

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Marine warning for Typhoon Chanthu issued: land warning expected tomorrow

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau has issued a marine warning for the Bashi Channel and surrounding waters as super Typhoon Chanthu approaches from the southeast this morning, Friday, September 10. Chanthu quickly morphed from a tropical depression earlier this week into a category 5 tropical storm over a period of just two days, making the 14th named tropical storm of the 2021 typhoon season the strongest to form in the northwest Pacific so far this year. Chanthu is expected to affect

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400 residents of building ordered into compulsory quarantine

Around 400 residents of a building in Banqiao District were suddenly ordered into quarantine facilities this morning as authorities escalate their response to a cluster of cases testing positive for COVID-19 at a nearby kindergarten. The building is one of two forming a gated community that share an outdoor entrance and exit. The 905 residents from 209 households in the two buildings were tested for COVID-19 yesterday. Six people, all residents of building B, returned positive results. New Taipei City

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Two trapped by rising river airlifted to safety in Taichung City

Two people were rescued by helicopter after becoming trapped on a sandbar when the water level of Dajia River in Taichung City suddenly rose due to heavy rain upstream. Taichung City Fire Department received reports that two people fishing in the Dajia River in Shigang District were trapped by rising water shortly after 3:00 pm. The Fire Department dispatched five fire trucks, one ambulance, an inflatable boat, and 10 personnel to conduct rescue operations. At around 4:00 pm the National

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China tests “underwater helicopter” prototype autonomous submersible vehicle in South China Sea

Chinese researchers have successfully tested a new type of autonomous unmanned submersible vehicle they have dubbed an “underwater helicopter” according to Chinese media outlets today, September 6. Reports say that tests carried out in the South China Sea successfully trialed take offs, landings, docking on a submarine apron, 360-degree steering, fixed-point hovering, wireless charging, acoustic navigation and tracking, and other functions of the vehicle. The project partners include Zhejiang University, Chinese Academy of Sciences Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy

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Chinese fishing boat fitted with anti-boarding spikes fails to evade Taiwan coast guard

Taiwan’s Coast Guard intercepted a Chinese fishing vessel operating illegally in waters near the Penghu Islands yesterday, and the boat was fitted with spikes designed to prevent boarding. Coast guard patrol boat #5053 was dispatched at 5:00 am, September 5, after a suspicious vessel was detected on radar. The crew of the patrol boat intercepted the Chinese-registered fishing boat 22.4 nautical miles southwest of Hua Islet. When the coast guard approached the vessel, it was noticed that three long steel

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