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Hong Kongers seek political asylum

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President Tsai Ing-wen, center, accompanied by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lo Chih-cheng, left, and DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling speaks to reporters during her visit to Saint Lucia on Thursday.
Photo: CNA

Taiwan would handle the issue of Hong Kong residents arriving in the nation to seek political asylum “appropriately based on humanitarian considerations,” President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said.

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Group urges Asia Cement to negotiate with locals

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An environmental group yesterday called on Asia Cement Corp to negotiate with Truku people living near its quarry in Hualien County’s Sinchengshan (新城山) as required by a recent court ruling, rather than posting advertisements to spread rumors.

The Taipei High Administrative Court on Thursday last week asked the Ministry of Economic Affairs to revoke its approval of the firm’s permit renewal for the mine, after four Truku people filed a lawsuit against the ministry in 2017.

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Court rules against agency for expulsion over banner

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The National Security Bureau must pay NT$100,500 to a political advocate who was forcibly removed from the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade for displaying a banner that read “Taiwan,” the Taipei District Court said on Friday.

The incident at the Universiade’s closing ceremony on Aug. 30 that year involved From Ethnos to Nation member Chen Yu-chang (陳俞璋) and six soldiers of the Military Police Command, court documents showed.

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High Court acquits Ma in wiretap case

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Taiwan High Court spokeswoman Lien Yu-chun speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
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The Taiwan High Court yesterday acquitted former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of charges that he leaked classified information and breached telecommunications security law stemming from wiretaps conducted in 2013 of leading political figures in the Legislative Yuan.

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Court withdraws mining rights

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An Asia Cement Corp mine is pictured in Hualien County’s Sincheng Township in an undated photograph.
Photo: Wang Chun-chi, Taipei Times

The Taipei High Administrative Court yesterday struck down Asia Cement Corp’s (亞泥) permit renewal for a mine in Hualien County’s Sincheng Township (新城), giving the Truku people a hard-won victory, civic groups said.

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US approves US$2.22bn weapons sale

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Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang speaks at a news conference at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei in an undated photograph.
Photo: Lin Hsin-fang, Taipei Times

The US Department of State has approved the sale of US$2.22 billion in weapons to Taiwan that includes M1A2T Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles.

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Hong Kong protesters march on station to ‘educate’ Chinese about their cause

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Protesters march in Hong Kong yesterday.
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Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters yesterday rallied outside a train station linking Hong Kong to China, the latest mass show of anger as advocates try to keep pressure on the territory’s pro-Beijing leaders.

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Newsflash

US Congressional Subcommittee on Asia chairman Steve Chabot is hoping to meet with former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) late next week.

It will be the strongest show of US political support for Chen to date.

Chabot, a major backer of Taiwan in the US Congress, is scheduled to leave for Asia this weekend, visiting South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.