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Taiwan mistakenly fires missile towards China, hitting trawler

Taipei - A Taiwanese warship mistakenly launched a supersonic "aircraft carrier killer" missile towards China on Friday, hitting a fishing boat and killing one person, the navy said, as ties between the island and its once bitter rival deteriorate.

Litany of errors led to Taiwan air crash: Report

Taipei - A catalogue of errors led the pilot of a passenger plane that crashed in Taiwan to shut down the only working engine, exclaiming: "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle," a damning report said Thursday.

Taiwan rejects ex-president's Hong Kong trip

Taipei - Taiwan's new government on Sunday refused former president Ma Ying-jeou permission to visit Hong Kong, citing national security considerations, sparking an angry response from his party.

Surging river water kills five hikers in Taiwan

Taipei - Surging waters triggered by torrential rain killed five people in Taiwan after they were swept away while hiking down a river canyon, officials said Monday.

Taiwan's Tsai urges China to heal Tiananmen pain

Taipei - Taiwan's new president Tsai Ing-wen urged China to give its people more rights and "heal past wounds and pain" on the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown Saturday.

Taiwan holds first Tiananmen commemoration in parliament

Taipei - Taiwan held the island's first ever commemoration in parliament Friday of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown as lawmakers urged the new government to address human rights issues in its dealing with China.

Believe the hype? How virtual reality could change your life

Taipei - Reducing errors made during surgery, bringing school books to life, enabling us to browse shops from the comfort of home -- virtual reality is not just about gaming, it will change our lives, according to some tech leaders.

Taiwan stages tech show, aims to become ‘Silicon Valley in Asia’

Taipei - Taiwan’s push to turn itself into the ‘Silicon Valley in Asia’ got a big boost with the staging of the region’s largest tech trade exhibition.

China-based cyber spies 'hack Taiwan ruling party'

Taipei - Mainland hackers were likely to be behind an attack on the website of Taiwan's ruling party, a US-based security firm said Thursday, as the island warns of growing cyber threats.

Taiwan stops Quaker Oats over glyphosates in products from U.S.

A random inspection by Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration detected glyphosate in 10 out of 36 Quaker Oats oatmeal products it tested, exceeding the country’s legal limit.

Taiwan angry over 'emotional' female president comments

Taipei - Outraged Taiwanese took to the Internet Thursday to slam sexist comments by a Chinese analyst who said the island's new president practises "emotional" politics because she is a single woman.

Taiwan's cat-loving president to adopt retired guide dogs

Taipei - Taiwan's new president, whose two cats grace many of her Facebook posts, said Thursday she would adopt three retired guide dogs, but dismissed media speculation over a "civil war" among presidential pets.

Taiwan indicts man over child's beheading

Taipei - Taiwanese prosecutors indicted a man Monday for murder over the public decapitation of a four year old girl, saying they would seek the death penalty for the "extremely cold-blooded" attack.

Taiwan's ex-president Ma faces lawsuits as immunity ends

Taipei - Dozens of lawsuits brought against former Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou reopened Saturday as his presidential immunity lapsed after the island swore in its new leader.

Beijing issues warning to Taiwan's new president

Taipei - Beijing warned Taiwan's new president Tsai Ing-wen against seeking independence Friday, cautioning that peace would be "impossible" if she made any moves to formally break away.

Taiwan's Tsai calls for 'positive dialogue' with Beijing

Taipei - Taiwan's new president Tsai Ing-wen called for "positive dialogue" with China in her much-anticipated inauguration speech Friday, striking a conciliatory tone in the face of an increasingly hostile Beijing.

U.S. dispute with Beijing over South China Sea islands heats up

Beijing - Tensions between the United States and China worsened last week after the U.S. Navy sent a warship past disputed islands in the South China Sea.

'Dead panda' scare over animal gifted to Taiwan by China

Taipei - Taipei Zoo was forced to deny reports that a giant panda gifted by China as a symbol of unity had died on Monday, in what initially appeared to be a frightening portent for cross-strait ties.

Fallen hero: How the tide turned for Taiwan's Ma

Taipei - He won Taiwan's largest ever landslide victory, a safe pair of hands promising prosperity and stability -- but president Ma Ying-jeou leaves office this month caricatured as incompetent, aloof and wildly out of step with public sentiment.

Religion goes green in Taiwan pollution battle

Taipei - Smoke billows daily from temples across Taiwan as visitors burn incense and paper money to bring luck and prosperity -- but that familiar fragrant haze could be a thing of the past as concerns grow over ritual pollutants.
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