Indigenous Taiwanese Gather in Taipei Ahead of Reconciliation Speech

Aboriginals gathered outside the Presidential Palace in Taipei tonight, on the eve of August 1, when it is expected that Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will deliver a speech that includes an apology to Taiwan’s Indigenous people. Riot police set up a cordon on Ketagalan Avenue, and attempted to move the group away. “Who are you to tell us where we can stand,” an indigenous leader proclaimed. “We were here before you, and we will decide where to stand.” The delegation

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Driver Suspected of Mass Murder-Suicide Allegedly Faced Jail term for Sexual Assault

The plot thickened today in an investigation into a tragic fire that killed 26 people traveling on a coach in Taiwan July 19, 2016. Yesterday, a forensics report found that the driver, Su Ming-cheng (蘇明成) had been driving drunk, and had stored 5 bottles of gasoline in the drivers compartment. Investigators began considering the possibility that the event may have been a murder-suicide. Apple Daily reports that a tour guide who previously worked with the bus driver recognized him after

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Two Cyclists Killed by Drunk Taxi Driver in Hualian

Two cyclists died this morning when a taxi driver drove down the wrong side of the road and hit them at high speed on the Su-Hua Highway in Hualian County. Witnesses of the accident frantically tried to revive the men, aged 50 and 26, using CPR until ambulances reached the scene, but both men were pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. The taxi driver was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.76.

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American Professor Killed in Traffic Accident

An American psychology professor died on July 10 after being hit by a bus while crossing a road in Taipei. University of California, Santa Cruz Professor of Psychology Bruce Bridgeman was visiting Taiwan to give a lecture at Taipei Medical University. Professor Bridgeman was hit by the bus around 10:00am while crossing Ren-ai Road at the intersection of Fuhsing Road. He was rushed to the nearby Ren-ai Hospital, but pronounced dead on arrival. He had been scheduled to deliver a

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Driver Suspected of Deliberately Setting Bus on Fire

The driver of a tourist coach that caught fire on National Freeway 2, killing all 26 people on board, is suspected of having been driving under the influence of alcohol, and deliberately setting himself and the coach on fire. A forensic report released today states that alcohol was found in the stomach, blood, and urine of the bus driver at a level of 1.07 milligrams per liter. The report also states that the driver’s compartment contained several containers of gasoline,

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North Korean Soldiers On the Run in China: Shootout with Chinese Police

Five North Korean soldiers on border-guard duty crossed into China on July 23, committing armed robberies in two villages. Two were detained after a shootout with Chinese military police this morning, July 28, while three are still on the run. According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, authorities in Jilin Province told residents to be on the alert and to try to avoid going out at night until the three men are caught. Several Chinese military police officers were injured

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Body of Missing Ecologist Found

The body of missing ecologist Wang Wulang was found yesterday in long grass about 320 meters from the lighthouse on Pengjia Islet. He had been reported missing the previous weekend after failing to return from the island by ferry to Keelung. The prominent ecology lecturer had a passion for coastal environments, and had once spent 67 days walking Taiwan’s 1,500 kilometer coastline. He lectured for the Wilderness Protection Society and National Museum of Marine Science and Technology. 2-meter tall grass

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Citizens Take Down Machete-Wielding Madman

A woman lost a finger and narrowly escaped with her life when her ex-husband attacked her with a brush-hook in Ilan County this afternoon, Friday, July 22. The man, 48, entered his ex-wife’s, restaurant and attacked the 42 year-old woman with a long-handled, 60 centimeter blade brush hook, severing her finger as she fended off the blow. The woman ran out to the street screaming for help. Video footage of the incident shows the woman running through a crowded shopping

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Tour Coach Catches Fire: 26 Dead

Last Update 14:50 A tour coach crashed into the guardrail after catching fire and going out of control on National Highway 2 near the airport interchange at around midday. Twenty-six people including 24 passengers, the driver, and a tour-guide were incinerated in the blaze. Because of the intensity of the fire, it took firefighters 30 minutes to extinguish the flames. The coach was carrying a tour group from Laoning Province, China. They were heading to Taipei Taoyuan International Airport to

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Train Bomber Speaks: Underestimated Power of Bomb

A man who detonated a bomb on a commuter train in Taipei July 7 has been able to talk to police after being taken out of critical care. Lin Ying-chang, 55, told police he made the bomb using principles he had learned playing with matches as a child. He said he bought firecrackers and used scissors to cut them open to remove the gunpowder. He made the detonation device using the scratch-pad of a matchbox and a match head, which

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Three Arrested in ATM Hack Case: Money Recovered

Three men were arrested today after a week-long manhunt for a group responsible for the theft of more than 80 million New Taiwan Dollars over the weekend of July 9-10. Latvian national, Peregudovs Andrejs, 41, was arrested in Dong-ao after being recognized by an off-duty police officer holidaying in Ilan County on Taiwan’s east coast. Another two suspects who had been under surveillance in Taipei City were arrested soon afterwards. The two Romanian men had accessed a locker rented by

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