Fighter Malfunction Affects Civilian Flights in Okinawa

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter aircraft lost a tire while taking off at Naha Airport today, causing the runway to be blocked for more than two hours. At least 60 civilian flights and 3,800 passengers were affected by the incident. One of four F-15s had to abort take-off at around 1:20pm when a tire peeled off the front wheel, leaving the fighter stranded on the airport’s single runway. The aircraft was removed after repairs shortly after 3:00pm. In

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Remote Mountain Cabin Defaced with “Foreign Graffiti”

A remote mountain cabin used by hikers and researchers in Yushan (Mt. Jade) National Park has been found defaced by graffiti in English and French. Images began circulating on social media yesterday. Dafen Mountain Cabin, 40 kilometers from the Walami trail-head in Hualien and at an altitude of 1320 meters, requires a 3 day hike to reach. It is considered Taiwan’s most important Formosan black bear research area. On the outside of the cabin is spray-painted “La Balle” (the ball),

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Beijing Gives the Hush Order on Scholar’s Funeral

Picture from a Communist Chinese website. Chinese Communist Party officials quashed plans for a grand farewell for late scholar Zhou You-guang, in his hometown of Changzhou Saturday, January 21, 2017. The 111 year-old scholar, known as “the father of pinyin” passed away January 14, just one day after his eleventy-first birthday. Beijing let Changzhou know who’s boss by insisting that only family members and friends could attend his funeral, and no outsiders or media were allowed. It was a quiet

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Abandoned New Born Spends Night Out of Doors

A new born baby with umbilical cord still attached survived the night in an alley in Tainan City on the coldest night so far this winter. A resident of Anping District heard the baby crying in the early hours of the morning, but ignored the cries, thinking it was just a stray cat. Hearing the cries again after waking up, the middle-aged man surnamed Liu went out to investigate. Mr Liu found a new-born baby boy wrapped in a green

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Martin Scorsese in Taiwan for “Silence” Premiere

Martin Scorsese arrived at Taipei Songshan International Airport today after taking a private flight from Japan to attend the Taiwan premiere of his movie “Silence,” which was filmed in Taiwan. The 74 year-old AFI Life Achievement Award director stepped out of the EVA Business Center at 3:09pm this afternoon, Wednesday, January 18, described as “elegantly attired in a casual suit” by a writer at Apple Daily. Set in 17th century Nagasaki, Japan, the film follows the story of Catholic missionaries

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150kg of Meth Seized in Kaohsiung

Police and Coast Guard units swooped on a warehouse in Taliao District, Kaohsiung City today, and seized 150 kilograms of amphetamine. A man surnamed Chen has been arrested, and police are investigating in an attempt to trace the source of the drugs, and accomplices involved. Source: United Daily News

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Man Busted for Importing and Selling Exotic Ants

Police and Council of Agriculture officials raided a residence in Miaoli County this morning and confiscated thousands of live ants imported from China. The haul included species that could cause significant damage to Taiwan’s ecology, and agricultural industry. A 35 year old man surnamed Liu imported the ants from China after purchasing them on the Tabao network. He had been using Facebook to sell the ants. More than 1,000 ants were seized consisting of various species, some of which were

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People Pitch-in to Lift Bus off Accident Victim

Fifteen passers-by helped lift a bus to free a man who was stuck under it after the bus smashed into the back of the victim’s SUV in Sanxia, yesterday evening. At around 8:00pm, a couple had just parked their car and were taking their 4 year-old twins out of the back seat, when a bus driver ‘suffering a lapse in concentration’ drove his bus into the back of the vehicle. Thirty-four year-old Ms Wu was thrown onto the sidewalk, while

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Double-Decker Buses Begin Service in Taipei

A fleet of open-top double-decker buses offering tours of Taipei City were officially launched today January 18, 2017. The bright red buses reminiscent of London’s famous buses, will operate on 2 routes that take in Taipei’s major attractions. Audio guides are available in four languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Tickets start from NT$300 for a four-hour tour, and from now until Chinese New Year’s eve, people traveling in pairs can take advantage of a 2 for 1 special. The

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Underground Arsenal Seized in Taoyuan

Police in Taoyuan arrested a 25 year old man with a gang background after they found him in possession of a weapons arsenal and 6 kilograms of ketamine. Among the weapons were a hand grenade, a sub-machine gun, 4 assault rifles, 13 handguns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Police arrested the man surnamed Xie after finding the weapons and drugs in his car.

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Factory Goes up in Smoke in the Middle of Residential Neighborhood

A massive fire in a tire factory in Taoyuan County’s Zhongli (Chungli) District resulted in a pall of smoke that could be seen from the neighboring Hsinchu County and New Taipei City. Fortunately no injuries or fatalities were recorded, but a legislator called for the factory to be relocated to an industrial zone. Taiwan lags behind many countries when it comes to zoning laws. Many neighborhoods offer a mix of industrial, commercial, and residential establishments. Manufacturing facilities are even often

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