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Same-Sex Marriage in Taiwan: The Rocky Road to Equality

Taiwan holds its breath as it awaits the verdict of the Constitutional Court hearing on same-sex marriage tomorrow. The News Lens Date: 2017/05/23 By: ZiQing Low Taiwan’s highest court is set to make a landmark ruling tomorrow on whether the country’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The Constitutional…

U.S., Germany, Australia, Burkina Faso back Taiwan at WHA

Focus Taiwan Date: 2017/05/23 By: Tang Pei-chun, Tai Ya-chen and Y.F. Low Geneva, May 22 (CNA) The representatives of the United States, Germany, Australia and Burkina Faso spoke in support of uninvited Taiwan at the World Health Assembly (WHA) that opened in Geneva Monday. Taking the floor during a…

Hochen Tan defends shortened hours

THREE TO A CAR:The bureau has decided to enforce high occupancy vehicle hours from 7am to 12pm on the Sun Yat-Sen Freeway and Formosa Freeway on Saturday Taipei Times Date: May 24, 2017 By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter Armed with data collected during major holidays, Minister of Transportation…

Man drops gun while waiting for the MRT

The China Post Date: May 23, 2017 By: The China Post TAIPEI, Taiwan — Imagine waiting for the subway on a busy weekday and seeing a gun fall from another waiting bystander. That’s what happened Monday morning on Taiwan’s busiest subway system, with a daily ridership of an estimated…

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Tsai to RNC co-chair: Taiwan a reliable security partner

Radio Taiwan International 2017-05-23 President Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan is a reliable partner for the United States in upholding regional security. Tsai was speaking Tuesday while meeting a delegation led by Bob Paduchik, the co-chair of the Republican National Committee. “America’s continued support and assistance plays an irreplaceable…

Taipei 101 the top landmark in Taiwan

Taipei 101 has been tapped as the top landmark of Taiwan for three years in a row Taiwan News Date: 2017/05/23 By: Maggie Huang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei 101 has been picked as the top landmark of Taiwan, followed by Lungshan Temple, and…

More junior military officers urged

AMENDMENTS:The Act of Military Service for Officers and Noncommissioned Officers of the Armed Forces is a major cause of the lack of junior officers, three DPP lawmakers said Taipei Times Date: May 24, 2017 By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday proposed amendments…

Weather to turn showery following thundershowers Tuesday afternoon

The China Post Date: May 23, 2017 By: CNA TAIPEI, Taiwan — The weather would be mostly cloudy or sunny around the country Tuesday but the Central Weather Bureau warned of thundershowers in the afternoon, particularly in northern, northeastern Taiwan and mountainous areas in central and southern Taiwan.…

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Zip around the streets of Taipei in a “forest bus”

The bus is themed as “a boy’s imaginary forest” Taiwan News Date: 2017/05/23 By: Maggie Huang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A “forest bus” is going to start its service on Wednesday, as passengers will be able to sit on the grass in the bus, and enjoy the ride around…

Han Kuang tests branches’ coordination

Taipei Times Date: May 24, 2017 By: Staff writer, with CNA All three branches of Taiwan’s military yesterday took part in a drill against a simulated attack by China, in the second stage of this year’s Han Kuang series of military exercises, the military said. During the drill, F-16 jets, which took off…

Discontent with president’s performance drops to 51.8%: poll

The China Post Date: May 23, 2017 By: CNA TAIPEI, Taiwan — President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) public approval rating is 39.4 percent, while 51.8 percent of the public are dissatisfied with her performance in handling national affairs and policies, according to a monthly survey released Monday. The disapproval rating was significantly higher than…

Taiwan health minister positive about talks with US counterpart

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2017-05-22 Taiwan’s health minister, Chen Shih-chung, met with his US counterpart in Geneva on Sunday (local time). Chen said following the talks that he was “excited” about the prospects for working with the US on health and disease prevention measures. Chen’s meeting with US Secretary of Health and Human…

China sends letter barring ‘Taiwan Province’ from attending WHA

Letter sent by China to WHO states that ‘Taiwan Province of China’ shall not participate in WHA Taiwan News Date: 2017/05/22 By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — For the first time in eight years, Taiwan has been excluded from attending the World Health Assembly (WHA) due to pressure…