Train Bomber Sentenced to 30 Years

A man who detonated a bomb on a local train in New Taipei City last year, injuring 25 people including himself, was handed a 30 year prison sentence by Taipei District Court Wednesday, February 22. Lin Ying-Chang claimed that his bomb was just a crude device manufactured from firecrackers purchased at a supermarket. Lin argued that he had only sought death for himself, and had not intended to kill or injure others. Lin also said that he had purchased only

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US Marines to be Stationed in Taiwan: No Problem

Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee today said that plans by American Institute in Taiwan to station Marines to guard its new compound in Neihu District, Taipei City was legal under international diplomatic conventions. The Minister was responding to a question raised by DPP legislator Tsai, Shih-Ying (蔡適應) in the Legislative Yuan. Tsai asked whether it would be legal for the AIT to station American troops in its compound, and if so, would it be legal for those troops to

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Brunch Restaurant Fined for Not Hiring Men

A brunch restaurant in Banciao District was fined NT$150,000 today after being found guilty of discriminatory hiring practices that violated gender equality provisions under Article 7 of the Employment Act. Yummy Brunch was accused of refusing to interview a male job seeker when he applied for an advertised position for a server at the well-known restaurant. Management told the man that they do not accept males for interviews, and that the servers were required to wear a dress as a

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Bungee Jumpers Banned

Local police and representatives of Nantou County Government showed up at a suspension bridge in Xinyi Township this morning to stop a bungee jumping event slated for today February 19. The authorities were informed by members of the public that bungee jumps from the bridge were planned for February 19 and March 5. However, the organizers had not obtained permission from the county government or relevant authorities. The Dongpu Suspension Bridge is the longest and highest in Taiwan, with a

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Taipei Railway Workshop to be Redeveloped as Railway Museum

The Culture Bureau and Ministry of Transport signed a memorandum of agreement yesterday to jointly develop a railway heritage museum in the old Taipei Railway Workshop complex. The Taipei Railway Workshop is a large facility built in 1935 during Taiwan’s Japanese colonial era. It has remained unused since it closed down in 2012. Buildings and yards occupy a 16.82 hectare site on Civic Boulevard in Xinyi District. The workshop was declared a national historic site in 2015. Buildings on the

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Historic American Military Quarters Destroyed by Fire

[Picture: Liberty Times Network.] A building in the historic Yangmingshan US Military Housing complex was destroyed by fire yesterday. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Firefighters received a report of a fire in the complex shortly after 8:00pm. The building was well-ablaze by the time firefighters arrived. Although the firefighters were unable to save the bungalow, they managed to extinguish the fire before it could spread to other buildings. The buildings at the site served as housing for

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Worst Road Accident in 30 Years: 33 Dead, 11 Injured

[Picture: United Daily News] Firefighters worked through the night to extricate dead and injured passengers after a tour coach overturned on a highway near Taipei at around 9:00pm February 13. The accident marks the worst road accident in Taiwan in 30 years with 33 Dead and 11 injured. The tour group had spent the day visiting Wuling Farm in Ilan County to view cherry blossoms. The bus overturned while negotiating a bend at the Mucha Interchange on Highway 5. Preliminary

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Tour Bus Crash: 28 Dead at the Scene

Picture: UDN. A tour bus carrying 44 passengers lost control on National Highway 5, and crashed over a safety barrier near the Mucha Interchange this evening, February 13, 2017. The death toll so far stands at 28, according to Taiwan media reports. A further 16 injured passengers have been rushed to various hospitals in the area.

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Man Sentenced to Death for Murder of Relatives

A Taoyuan man was sentenced to death today, February 13, for a multiple murder by arson committed Chinese New Year’s eve 2016. February 7, 2016, Weng Ren-xian (翁仁賢), 51, purchased 20 liters of gasoline and distributed it into various containers on the second floor of the house. He then waited for his older siblings to gather with their families in the first floor dining room before pouring gasoline around the house in Longtan, Taoyuan City. A total of 16 people

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Another Rare Porpoise Found Dead: Two in Four Days

The carcass of an Indo-Pacific finless porpoise was found washed up on the coast of New Taipei City’s Wanli District, at around 5:00pm on the evening of February 3. It is the second member of the vulnerable species to be found dead in just four days. Eight Indo-Pacific finless porpoises were recorded washed up on the coast of Taiwan in the eighteen years between 1998 and 2016. A juvenile female was found on a beach in Shimen District of New

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Rare Porpoise Washed Up On New Taipei City Beach

The remains of a rarely-seen Indo-Pacific finless porpoise was found washed up on a beach in New Taipei City’s Shimen District yesterday, January 31. Members of Taiwan Cetacean Society, along with officials from New Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office, identified the animal as a one year old juvenile female. They estimated it had been dead about 2 days. The body showed signs of injury, but it is unknown if it was injured before it died, or damaged

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