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Taiwan News

China policy in question after Taiwan polls landslide

Taipei - Taiwan's warmer relations with China were called into question Sunday after the island's Beijing-friendly ruling party suffered its worst-ever polls defeat in local elections, sparking the resignation of Premier Jiang Yi-huah.

Taiwan premier resigns over party's landslide poll defeat

Taipei - Taiwan's premier resigned Saturday after his Beijing-friendly ruling party suffered a landslide defeat at the island's biggest ever local elections, as public fears grow over China's increasing influence.

Tropical storm Fung-Wong lashes Taiwan, killing one

Taipei - Tropical storm Fung-Wong on Sunday pounded Taiwan with torrential downpours and powerful winds, killing one person and forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights and ferry services.

Hong Kong tests for tainted Taiwan cooking oil

Hong Kong - Sweet buns and dumplings were pulled from the shelves in Hong Kong as authorities checked Monday whether they contained the recycled Taiwanese cooking oil that has sparked a growing regional food safety scare.

Taiwan to spend $2.5 billion on anti-missile systems

Taipei - Taiwan plans to spend Tw$74.8 billion ($2.5 billion) in the next nine years to acquire anti-missile systems to boost its aerial defences against China, a lawmaker and media said Saturday.

Taiwan apologizes for naming dish 'Long Live the Nazis'

A menu change at a restaurant in Taiwan dumps their popular 'Long Live Nazis' dish from list, prompted by a local TV station feature.

Taiwan opens investigation into gas explosion disaster

Kaohsiung - Taiwan's president promised on Saturday to launch a swift investigation into the cause of deadly gas explosions that rocked the island's densely populated second city, as residents accused local authorities of failing to avert the tragedy.

Multiple gas explosions hit Taiwan's Kaohsiung city

Kaohsiung - A series of gas explosions ripped through Taiwan’s Kaohsiung city killing at least 27 people and injuring more than 250.

Gas blasts kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan

Kaohsiung - A series of powerful gas blasts killed at least 24 people and injured up to 271 in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, overturning cars and ripping up roads, officials said Friday.

Powerful Taiwan gas explosions kill 20, injure 270

Taipei - Gas leaks triggered a series of powerful explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, killing at least 20 people and injuring up to 270, officials said Friday, warning that the toll is expected to rise.

Multiple gas explosions in Taiwan; 15 dead over 228 injured

China's Central News is reporting that multiple blasts have torn through the city of Kaohsiung in Southwestern Taiwan, killing 15 people and injuring 228. The gas leaks are thought to have come from the sewer system underneath the streets.

Foreign experts inspect Taiwan plane crash site

Taipei - International experts were examining the site of the fatal TransAsia Airways crash in Taiwan on Saturday, as new evidence surfaced that the plane may have collided with nearby trees before plunging to the ground.

Taiwan airline sorry for crash as relatives blast chairman

Makung - Taiwan's TransAsia Airways ran an apology on the front pages of five major newspapers Friday, pledging to shoulder the "utmost responsibility" after 48 people died when one of its planes crashed in stormy weather.

Taiwan rescuers find black boxes after air crash kills 48

Makung - Rescuers said Thursday they had recovered black boxes from the Taiwanese aircraft which crashed in torrential rain killing 48 people, as angry relatives blamed authorities for the worst air disaster in a decade.

At least 42 killed in Taiwan plane crash: officials

Taipei - At least 42 people were killed in a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday, officials said, with witnesses and local media reporting the flight came down in a storm after an aborted landing.

Typhoon Matmo batters Taiwan, nine injured

Taipei - Typhoon Matmo pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and downpours Wednesday, leaving nine people injured, shuttering financial markets, and interrupting rail and air transportation.

Taiwan student facing firing squad over subway massacre

Taipei - Taiwanese prosecutors on Monday said they were seeking the death penalty for a man accused of killing four people and wounding nearly two dozen others in a stabbing spree on the Taipei subway that shocked the island.

Taiwanese face lengthy jail time for Australian drugs charges

Sydney - Six Taiwanese men are facing life sentences after being charged with importing Aus$42 million ($39 million) worth of methamphetamine into Australia, authorities said Sunday.

Video: Napkin Table, for diners who want to be extra close

Ever wanted to have a table attached to you and your partner while you eat? If so then Taiwan has a product for you with the Napkin Table.

Hong Kong carriers on alert following attack warning

Hong Kong - Two Hong Kong airlines said Friday that they received a warning from Taiwan about a possible bomb attack targeting a flight to the southern Chinese city.

Guatemala ex-leader gets six years in New York

New York - Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo was sentenced in New York to five years and 10 months in prison Thursday for a $2.5 million bribery scandal.

China defiant as U.S. warns over sea row with Vietnam

Beijing - An unrepentant China on Friday defended its actions in disputed Asian waters amid warnings of war with Vietnam, as Washington voiced "serious concern" after riots left two Chinese workers dead and more than 100 injured.

One dead, 100 hurt in anti-China riot in Vietnam

Hanoi - A riot at a steel plant in Vietnam has left one Chinese worker dead and over 100 injured, officials said Thursday, as an angry Beijing accused Hanoi of "connivance" in the worst anti-China unrest in decades.

Arrest warrant issued for Salvadoran ex-president

San Salvador - A Salvadoran judge has issued an arrest warrant for former president Francisco Flores, who may have fled the country after being accused of misappropriating millions of dollars donated by Taiwan.

El Salvador says wanted ex-president fled country

San Salvador - El Salvador believes ex-president Francisco Flores fled the country, after being accused of misappropriating $5.3 million donated by Taiwan, authorities said Monday.

Thousands rally in Taipei to counter anti-government protests

Taipei - Thousands of Taiwanese calling for peace and the rule of law rallied in Taipei Sunday to counter a recent series of demonstrations that turned violent and led to clashes with police.

Taiwan to review minimum wage after thousands rally on Labor Day

Taipei - Dozens of trade union members, labor rights groups and student groups marched in the streets Thursday, protesting against low pay and the use of temporary workers.

Salvadoran prosecutors seek arrest of ex-president

San Salvador - Prosecutors in El Salvador on Wednesday sought the arrest of former president Francisco Flores for the alleged misappropriation of $5.3 million donated by Taiwan.

Taiwanese tourists hurt in Japan deer rampage

Tokyo - Visitors to one of usually-safe Japan's most celebrated spots are being warned to be on the lookout, after two Taiwanese tourists were injured in a rampage by a wild deer.

U.S. plans first cabinet visit to Taiwan in 14 years

Washington - The top U.S. environmental official will visit Taiwan in the first trip by a cabinet-level leader from Washington to the Chinese-claimed island in 14 years, officials aid Saturday.
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A car narrowly misses being crushed by a huge boulder during a landslide in Taiwan.
A car narrowly misses being crushed by a huge boulder during a landslide in Taiwan.
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The owner of a lost camera that traveled from Maui to Taiwan has now been found.
The owner of a lost camera that traveled from Maui to Taiwan has now been found.
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Streets buckled and cars were overturned by the multiple explosions
Streets buckled and cars were overturned by the multiple explosions
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Taiwan s workers and Labor Unions protested at Ketagalan Blvd and marched to Ministry of Labor on Ma...
Taiwan's workers and Labor Unions protested at Ketagalan Blvd and marched to Ministry of Labor on May 1, 2014 in Taipei.
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A woman captured at the Labor Day protest in Taipei  Taiwain on May 1  2014.
A woman captured at the Labor Day protest in Taipei, Taiwain on May 1, 2014.
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A camera traveled from Maui to Taiwan where it was found - the photos survived.
A camera traveled from Maui to Taiwan where it was found - the photos survived.
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A camera traveled from Maui to Taiwan where it was found - the photos survived.
A camera traveled from Maui to Taiwan where it was found - the photos survived.
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God bless Kaohsiung! God bless People! everyone!
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Typhoon Tembin hits southern Taiwan on August 24  2012
Typhoon Tembin hits southern Taiwan on August 24, 2012
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A blast rips through the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan early on August 1  2014
A blast rips through the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan early on August 1, 2014
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Exterior view of Rockmill Italian restaurant in Banciao, New Taipei City.
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