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Taiwan to seize assets of collapsed building developer

- Almost a million dollars in assets belonging to the developer and three associates of a building in Taiwan felled by an earthquake will be seized, a court ruled Friday, with more than 90 residents confirmed dead in the disaster.

Calls for safety overhaul in Taiwan after quake disaster

Taipei - As rescuers continue the grim task of digging bodies from the rubble of an apartment complex that collapsed in a Taiwan earthquake, anger is growing over the shoddy construction of the building and the island's questionable safety record.

Taiwan developer grilled over collapse of quake building

Tainan - Taiwan prosecutors Wednesday questioned the developer of an apartment complex that collapsed during an earthquake as prosecutors detailed flaws in the construction of the building where nearly 100 people remain trapped.

Miraculous quake survivors

Paris - Rescue workers are racing against time to locate survivors in the debris of a Taiwanese apartment complex, hoping for the kind of miracle that has happened in the past.

Taiwan developer quizzed over quake collapse as 100 still buried

Tainan - The developer of a 16-storey Taiwan apartment complex that collapsed during a quake was taken in for questioning on Tuesday as rescuers deployed heavy machinery to find 100 people still feared trapped in the rubble.

Taiwan quake survivor tells of moment she lost husband, baby

Tainan - Nurse Liu Yi-chen was breast-feeding her 10-day old baby when her family's home in Taiwan was turned upside-down by a devastating earthquake that robbed her of her infant and husband.

Eight-year-old girl pulled alive from Taiwan quake rubble

Tainan - An eight-year-old girl was pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment complex in Taiwan Monday, more than 60 hours after it was felled by a powerful earthquake.

Survivors pulled alive from Taiwan quake rubble

Tainan - A girl aged eight and three others were rescued Monday from the rubble of a Taiwan apartment tower complex, more than two days after it was felled by an earthquake, but over 100 others remain trapped in the ruins.

Rescuers race to save buried Taiwan quake victims

Tainan - Rescuers raced Sunday to free around 120 people buried under the rubble of an apartment complex felled by an earthquake in southern Taiwan that left 34 confirmed dead, as an investigation began into the collapse.

Fourteen dead, 150 missing after Taiwan quake fells buildings

Tainan - Relatives of residents trapped in a 16-storey apartment complex felled by a powerful earthquake in Taiwan that killed 14 people were praying for miracles Saturday as rescuers sought survivors, with more than 150 missing in the quake zone.

US warship sails by island claimed by China: Pentagon

Washington - A US warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of a disputed island in the South China Sea Saturday to assert freedom of navigation, drawing a protest from Beijing, officials said.

Pilots blamed for 2014 TransAsia crash on Taiwan island

Taipei - Two TransAsia Airways pilots caused a 2014 plane crash that left 48 people dead by flying too low as they attempted to land on an island during a typhoon, Taiwan's aviation authorities said Friday.

Arrested Salvadoran ex-president has brain damage

Sansalvador - El Salvador's former president Francisco Flores, who faces trial accused of embezzling millions of dollars in aid money for earthquake victims, has irreversible brain damage after suffering a stroke, doctors said Thursday.

Taiwan military drills in face of China tension

Kaohsiung - Taiwan carried out military drills Wednesday with naval chiefs assuring residents the island is safe, as concerns grow that tensions will escalate with China after recent presidential elections.

Taiwan president Ma to visit disputed island for first time

Taipei - Taiwan's president Ma Ying-jeou will visit a disputed island in the South China Sea on Thursday, his first trip to the self-claimed territory amid rising tensions in the region.

Hong Kong 'Umbrella' leaders seek closer ties with Taiwan

Taipei - Student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Umbrella Movement said Sunday they would seek closer ties with Taiwan after the island elected a new president who pledged to stand up to China.

Taiwan 'Sunflower' activists turn lawmakers in vote victory

Taipei - Beijing not only has to contend with a new president in Taiwan who is wary of relations with China, but also a fresh batch of activists-turned-lawmakers from the island's boisterous Sunflower Movement.

As Tsai pledges stronger Taiwan, Beijing watches and waits

Taipei - As new president Tsai Ing-wen pledges a stronger Taiwan that is proud of its identity, tensions with China are already simmering as Beijing watches and waits.

Taiwan K-pop star flag row escalates after apology

Taipei - A row over a teenage Taiwanese K-pop star forced to apologise for waving the island's flag was rapidly turning into an international incident Saturday, stealing the spotlight from Taiwan's presidential elections.

Taiwan goes to polls in historic presidential vote

Taipei - Taiwan went to the polls Saturday and is expected to elect its first female president in a historic vote likely to end eight years of closer China ties.

Taiwan votes for president in battle for identity

Taipei - Taiwan is expected to turn its back on closer ties with China when it votes for a new president on Saturday, in an election symbolising the island's battle for identity.

Taiwan-China ties at crossroads as vote looms

Taipei - Taiwan's fraught relationship with China will be centre stage this weekend as frustrated voters head to the polls to elect a new Beijing-sceptic leader.

Taiwanese voters bank on new leader to spur economy

Taipei - Taiwan's voters, angry at low salaries and unaffordable housing, are set to elect a new president -- but the island's flagging fortunes and a slowdown in China mean the winner will have a mountain to climb.

'Super weekend' rallies in Taiwan ahead of presidential vote

Taipei - Tens of thousands gathered in Taiwan Saturday as rival presidential candidates took to the streets for "super weekend" rallies.

Taiwan urges 'comfort women' apology from Japan after S.Korea deal

Taipei - Taiwan called on Japan Tuesday to apologise and compensate the island's wartime sex slaves after Tokyo and Seoul reached an agreement on the emotive issue.Japan offered a "heartfelt apology" and a one-billion yen ($8.

Taiwan presidential candidates clash over China policy

Taipei - Taiwan's presidential candidates clashed over China policy during their first televised debate Sunday, ahead of elections in which relations with Beijing will be a key issue for voters.

Taiwan presidential frontrunner vows to seek peaceful China ties

Taipei - The frontrunner for Taiwan's 2016 presidential election, opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen, on Friday pledged that if elected she would seek peaceful ties with mainland China while maintaining democracy on the island.

Piggy bank power kicks off Taiwan election

Taipei - Tsai Ing-wen, widely tipped to become Taiwan's next president, kicked off a one-month election campaign Sunday, with supporters bringing donations in piggy banks to a rally held by her opposition party.

Celebrity bird rescued after Taiwan subway adventure

Taipei - A rare crane that has become a celebrity in Taiwan after getting lost on its journey from Siberia last year had to be rescued after a new misguided foray to a subway station.

China summons US envoy over warship sales to Taiwan

Bejing - China has summoned the US envoy to protest Washington's sale of warships to Taiwan, as part of a massive $1.8 billion arms package, Beijing said on Thursday.
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