Northern Taiwan pelted with rain: flood warnings issued for Greater Taipei

Torrential rain caused by a confluence of a rainy season front and peripheral circulation from a tropical storm has caused flooding in parts of Taipei City and New Taipei City this afternoon, Friday, June 4. The Central Weather Bureau issued a severe thunderstorm warning and extremely heavy rain warning for Taipei City, New Taipei City and Keelung City this afternoon, warning residents of Greater Taipei an surrounding mountain districts to be careful of instantaneous heavy rainfall which may “cause disasters.”

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Two Taipei City police officers slashed by homeless man who refused to wear mask

One police officer was cut on his neck, and another on his hand, after a homeless man reported for not wearing a mask attacked them with a machete at Taipei Main Station today, May 22. Police from the Zhongxiao West Road police station went to the south gate of the station plaza after a member of the public reported that a man was loitering near the station entrance without wearing a surgical mask at around 5:00 pm. The two police

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Taipei City Mayor accidentally flips the bird during live broadcast

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je appeared to be giving someone the finger during a live broadcast today, May 18, but it turns out that he was just trying to make a point. Mayor Ko said that there was good news amidst bad today, noting that the percentage of positive results at rapid testing stations in the city had fallen from 11% on the first day, to 4.7% today. Ko explained that on the first day of rapid testing, May 14,

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Gangster fires on cops in Wanhua District, Taipei City

A gangster with a history of firearms offences fired one shot at police in an attempt to evade arrest after being ambushed in Wanhua District, Taipei City today, March 7. Banqiao District police went to Wanhua District to arrest the 47-year-old Four Seas Gang member, named Chen, after receiving intelligence that he would be visiting friends at noon today. Nine police officers, in plain clothes, positioned themselves around a building on the corner of Xining South Road and Kaifeng Street.

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Bus driver, passenger fight over proper mask wearing

A bus driver and passenger had a physical conflict at a bus stop in Taipei City this afternoon, after an argument over the passenger’s improper wearing of a surgical mask. According to a China Times report, the bus driver, described as around 50 years old, had requested that a passenger, around 70 years old, put his mask fully over his mouth and nose. However, the passenger kept exposing his nose, and sometimes his mouth, and argued with the driver all

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Taipei City New Year’s Eve party to go ahead: Mayor says “Don’t be defeated by irrational fear”

While New Year’s Eve parties in most counties and cities around Taiwan will have been cancelled after a returnee from the UK tested positive with what the media has been touting as a ‘mutant’ strain of COVID-19, Taipei City’s New Year’s Eve party will go ahead, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) announced today, December 31. New Year’s events around the country were cancelled one by one yesterday, with a series of announcements from municipal governments, many of whom decided

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28,000 run in 2020 Taipei City Marathon: #Dare to Breathe

Taipei City held the 2020 marathon today, despite COVID restrictions, using the theme “#Dare to Breathe.” Taipei City Mayor Ke Wen-je said that it was probably the only large-scale city marathon to held in the world this year, thanking epidemic prevention staff for making it possible. A total of 37,000 people registered for the event, with just 28,000 accepted using a lottery system. Eight-thousand ran the full marathon, while 20,000 ran the half-marathon event. Twelve elite foreign athletes were invited

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Mutant invasive crayfish found infesting ponds in Taipei City park

A species of crayfish that reproduces asexually, and first appeared in Germany in 1995 before spreading through Europe and Africa, has been found infesting ponds in Da’an Forest Park, Taipei City. Taipei City Councilor Lo Chih-chiang (罗智强) held a press conference today, and said that a large number of the marbled crayfish had appeared in the ecological ponds of Da’an Forest Park. Lo revealed that the marbled crayfish were first discovered in the park in June last year by Associate

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One dead, one injured after bus mounts sidewalk in Taipei City

One man died, and an on-duty police officer was injured after a bus driver dozed off and crashed onto a sidewalk in Neihu District, Taipei City, this evening, September 21. The Sanchung Bus Company operated Blue 26 bus suddenly mounted the sidewalk on Neihu Road at around 8:00 pm, skidding to a stop after around 50 meters. The bus knocked down a 54-year-old man who lost vital signs at the scene of the accident, and was later pronounced dead at

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Man climbs outside of building to 14th floor after random knife attack

A man scaled the outside of a building to the 14th floor after attacking a random stranger with a knife in Taipei City today, leading to a standoff with police. Police received reports about a man armed with a kitchen chopper wandering along Hankou Street section 2 in Wanhua District at around 12:30 pm. The suspect, a 40-year-old man named Qiu (邱) approached a 49-year-old truck driver named Lee, as Lee was unloading goods. Lee noticed Qiu’s suspicious behavior, and

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PAC-3 missiles deployed in Taipei Zoo carpark ahead of nation-wide military exercise

A Patriot III surface-to-air missile system was deployed in the carpark of Taipei City Zoo in Muzha District today, as part of the nationwide Han Kuang (Hanguang) military exercises. The incongruous scene of a high-tech “Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target” air defense missile array set up in a civilian parking lot in a residential area of Taipei City drew the attention of members of the public who took pictures and uploaded them to social media. The missile system

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