Murderous Mayor’s Sentence Reduced After 25 Million Payment

A Chiayi County township mayor who was sentenced to life imprisonment after paying a hitman to murder a police officer, has had his sentence reduced after paying a large sum of money to the victim’s family. In April 2016, Jhuci Township Mayor, Wang Kun-hong, was sentenced to life imprisonment along with the gunman surnamed Liu, after 47 year-old police officer and SWAT team member Lin Jin-zhong was ambushed and brutally murdered with three shotgun blasts outside his wife’s art supply

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Same-Sex Marriage Rights Guaranteed by Constitution: Highest Court Rules

Taiwan’s highest court, the Judicial Yuan, today declared that denial of same-sex marriage rights were a violation of rights guaranteed by the constitution of the Republic of China, and ordered the government to amend the civil code within a period of 2 years. According to the ruling, if the civil code remains unamended after the expiration of 2 years, the provisions of the civil code that specify that marriage is between “husband and wife” will become null and void, and

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Dolphin’s Tail Hacked Off

East Coast National Scenic Area Administration officers found a dead dolphin on Sanxiantai Reef. The carcass, which had not yet decomposed was missing a tail, and the tail appears to have been cut off with a sharp knife. It is suspected that fishermen cut off the tail after the dolphin became entangled in a fishing net. The carcass has been sent to Taiwan Cetacean Society for further research and confirmation about the cause of death. Source: Taiwan People News. Two

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Rare Omura’s Whale Sighted off Hualian

One of the world’s most mysterious species, the Omura’s Whale (Balaenoptera omurai) was recorded on video by whale watchers off the coast of Hualian on May 20. The video was uploaded to Facebook, allowing a Japanese whale expert to identify the species. It is the first confirmed record of the species in Taiwan waters. Kuroshio Ocean Education foundation spokesperson He Zile (何姿樂) said that adult Omura’s Whales grow up to 10 meters long, so the individual recorded is a juvenile.

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Pilots Sleeping on the Job: Whistleblower

Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) has promised to investigate after allegations were made that pilots on Tiger Air flights regularly took naps after take-off. The allegations were made by a co-pilot who took pictures over a one year period of 8 pilots sleeping on the job. Tiger Air, a Taiwan-based low cost carrier, said that of the 8 pilots, 5 are currently employed by the airline, and 3 have since left. The CAA said that if the allegations are proven,

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Woman Decapitated in Kaohsiung

A 52 year-old mentally-ill woman was decapitated by her 54 year old brother on a busy street in Kaohsiung this morning. At around 9:30am, the woman surnamed Lin tried to leave the house. Her brother tried to prevent her leaving and an altercation ensued. United Daily News reported that witnesses said Ms Lin kneeled and begged for forgiveness as Mr Lin wielded the chopper. Ms Lin even kowtowed. But Mr Lin grabbed her by the hair and chopped her neck

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21 Vehicle Pile-up on National Highway

Twenty-one vehicles were involved in an accident on the National Highway in Changhua County this morning May 16. One person was sent to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The vehicles included 3 large trucks, SUVs and sedans. One truck driver was trapped in his vehicle and sustained light injuries. It was raining heavily when the accident occurred at around 10:45am on the northbound lanes at the 202km mark. The accident blocked northbound traffic, causing a 7 kilometer long traffic jam.

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Rare Mega-mouth Shark Caught off Hualien

A fisherman contacted authorities after catching a rare mega mouth shark in waters off the coast of Hualien County on Taiwan’s east coast this morning, May 16. The captain of the fishing boat, Mr Wu, notified the coast guard, as required by law, after bringing up the 5 meter-long, 700kg shark. The shark has already been sold to a seafood restaurant in Ilan County’s Suao township. Apple Daily reported that the restaurant paid NT$80 per kilogram for the shark. Kuroshio

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Balloon Causes High Speed Rail Delays

A balloon entangled in overhead power lines caused delays that affected up to 12,000 passengers traveling on Taiwan High Speed Rail between Taichung and Miaoli this morning, May 16. Nine south-bound and 11 northbound services were affected as bidirectional travel was limited to a single line. The large red balloon was spotted shortly before 8:00am, and was removed at 9:35am. Power was restored at 9:38am. Crew were sent to the location above the Daan River and had to walk 800

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Man in Coma After Jumping Out of Moving Car

A man jumped out of a moving vehicle in Hsinchu County yesterday, resulting in a severe head injury and inter-cranial bleeding. The 38 year-old man named Chen, jumped out of the backseat after having a fight with his girlfriend, who was driving. Ms Gao, also 38, kept driving after Chen jumped, and has been charged by police for leaving the scene of an accident. Gao, who was distraught when told of the seriousness of Chen’s injuries, told police she thought

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Taiwan’s King of Comedy Passes Away

Popular entertainer Chu Ke-liang died of liver failure at 5:00am this morning, Monday, May 15, at National Taiwan University Hospital after a long battle with colorectal cancer. He was 70 years-old. President Tsai Ingwen was among the many who sent condolences to Chu’s family. President Tsai wrote on Facebook that Taiwan had lost a generation’s King of Comedy. “We hope he will continue to bring laughter in heaven,” said Chu’s family, who released a statement around 7am. Born Hsieh Hsin-Ta

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