Lawmakers Run the Gauntlet to Get Inside Barricades

[Cover Picture: United Daily News] Legislators, staff, media, and observers struggled to get through protesters and barricades to enter the Legislative Yuan where the ruling Democratic Progressive Party will attempt to make a final review of a pension reform bill. DPP Secures the Podium DPP members made an early start and entered the conference room at around 7:00am to prevent the opposition KMT from occupying the podium. Political battles in the legislature frequently result in physical fights to control the

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Razor-wire Barricades Go Up: Government Prepares for Siege

[Cover Picture: United Daily News] Live Broadcast of Protests April 19 A district of Taipei containing the Presidential Palace, Executive Yuan, and Legislative Yuan is surrounded by razor-wire barricades as the ruling Democratic Progressive Party prepares to bring a pension reform bill for a final reading in the legislature. The reform bill, which President Tsai Ing-wen says is necessary to prevent the pension system’s imminent financial collapse, is opposed by retired public servants including military and police, and anti-reform groups

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Hello Kitty Car Lands Wheels Up

The driver of a pink Hello Kitty-themed car was treated for minor injuries after flipping the car in Tainan City, yesterday, Sunday, April 16. At around 1:30pm, the driver of a black car tried to go around a scooter rider who was waiting for a safe time to enter traffic. Video monitors showed the black car obliviously driving into the path of fast-moving traffic. The driver of the cute, pink, Hello Kitty car took evasive action, but lost control and

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Pro China Group Behind Statue Beheading

Former Taipei City Councilor and pro-Chinese unification group member Lee Cheng-long (李承龍) has been identified as the main suspect in the beheading of a bronze statue in Tainan City. The bronze statue, commemorating Japanese civil engineer Yoichi Hatta was found beheaded on Sunday at a memorial park in Guantian, Tainan City. The vandalism incident comes just three weeks before an annual memorial service is to be held at the park. Liberty Times Network reported that police identified Lee and a

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Matsu’s Blue Tears a sign of Environmental Crisis

[Picture: Lienchiang County Government] Pictures that went viral on the Internet showing the beauty of “blue tears” in the ocean around the Matsu Islands are actually a sign of an environmental crisis, according to sources cited in a report on Liberty Times Network. Between April and September, bioluminescent plankton emit a blue light, resulting in a phenomenon locals on the Matsu Islands call “blue tears.” The plankton, known to science as dinoflagellates, feed on nutrients in the water. While the

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American Police Officer Questioned for Carrying Firearm on Flight

A California cop has been questioned after inadvertently carrying a handgun and six bullets on a flight transiting in Taiwan. The Santa Monica police officer discovered she had forgotten to unpack the gun before embarking on a trip to Bangkok. After discovering her error, Nell Grant approached staff at the transit counter at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, and told them she had a handgun and six rounds of ammunition in her backpack. Airport police took her for interrogation, then handed

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Airplane Crashes After Landing on Orchid Island

Five people suffered light injuries when a Daily Air commuter flight skidded off the runway and crashed into a fence, after landing at Orchid Island’s Lanyu Airport this afternoon, April 13. Crosswinds are believed to have contributed to the incident, but the exact cause is under investigation. Liberty Times Network reports that four people refused hospital treatment after suffering abrasions, while a fifth was taken to a clinic suffering a foot injury. The aircraft is one of 4 DHC6-400s owned

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Political Fanpage Apologizes for Aboriginal Joke

The manager of an official fan page for former Vice-President, and contender for the post of KMT chairperson, Wu Den-yih, posted an apology on Facebook, after being criticized over a joke published to the page, that many considered discriminatory towards Taiwan’s indigenous people. Critics said the joke played on ethnic stereotypes of aborigines being uneducated, and at the same time mocked their accent. Wu served as Vice-President to Ma Ying-jeou from 2012-2016. He was First Vice Chairman of the KMT

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Armed Gold Robber Foiled

[Picture: United Daily News] A woman attempted to make off with NT$1.73 million worth of gold jewelry at a store in Hsinchu City yesterday, and was arrested when the owner chased her into the street, and drew the attention of patrolling police officers. On the evening of April 12, the 33 year-old unemployed woman, Ms Liang, entered the store, and told the store owner she was getting married, and wanted to purchase gold for her wedding. Liang spent 2 hours

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Drive-by Shooting not a Simple Case of Road Rage: Police

At least 12 shots were fired at a Mercedes Benz from a BMW at around 1:00am this morning, as the cars were traveling on a road in Kaohsiung City. The driver received a gunshot wound to his back. The male driver, Mr Xie, 26, and his female passenger, Ms Chen, pulled up at a police station after the shooting. They told police the shooting was the result of a traffic dispute. Media reports this morning said that police found at

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Driver Dragged 800 Meters After Being Thrown Out of Car

A man was declared dead at the hospital after being thrown out of the vehicle he was driving. He was then hit by another vehicle and dragged about 800 meters, on the National Highway in Miaoli County sometime after 4:00am this morning. The accident occurred during heavy rainfall. Mr Wu is suspected of not wearing a seatbelt when he lost control of his car and crashed into the center traffic barrier. A car driven by a Ms Huang hit Wu,

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