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No invite, Taiwan to tout itself on WHA sidelines

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Taiwan has again this year not been invited to the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), but it intends to have a presence on the sidelines of the event in Geneva, Switzerland, including promoting the nation’s achievements in public health and healthcare.

The International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), a government-funded agency that runs foreign-aid programs, is on Wednesday next week to make a presentation in Geneva on Taiwan’s public health-related cooperation projects, ICDF Deputy Secretary-General Lee Pai-po (李柏浡) said on Friday.

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Ex-political prisoner says nation must face history

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Premier William Lai, left, and Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun, right, attend the unveiling ceremony of the National Human Rights Museum at Jing-mei White Terror Memorial Park in New Taipei City yesterday.
Photo: Pan Shao-tang, Taipei Times

A former political prisoner arrested during the Martial Law era praised the establishment of the National Human Rights Museum yesterday as an important milestone in the history of Taiwanese human rights, saying that an honest review of history is the best way to promote social reconciliation.

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Bill to declassify political files finalized

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Documents related to the 228 Incident are pictured in an undated photograph posted by President Tsai Ing-wen on Facebook on Feb. 25 last year.
Photo: Screengrab from President Tsai Ing-wen’s Facebook page

The Executive Yuan yesterday finalized a draft political archives act to declassify political files held by government agencies, political parties and affiliates that have been classified for at least 30 years.

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Ma found guilty of leaking information

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Taiwan High Court spokeswoman Wu Wei-ya yesterday explains the court’s decision to convict former president Ma Ying-jeou for leaking classified information, overturning the Taipei District Court’s not guilty verdict.
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

The Taiwan High Court yesterday found former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) guilty of leaking classified information obtained from Special Investigation Division (SID) wiretaps of two top lawmakers in 2013.

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NTU student group seeks school reform

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Criticizing National Taiwan University for failing to resolve the controversy over its president-elect Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔), the National Taiwan University Student Association yesterday said it would propose a motion to review the school’s regulations at next month’s council meeting.

The Ministry of Education on April 27 said that Kuan was unqualified for the post because he had violated regulations by illegally serving as an independent director and a member of the salary and auditing committees at Taiwan Mobile, and that his election had been flawed due to a conflict of interest in the process.

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First Taiwan-US defense forum held

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Representatives of Taiwanese and US defense businesses attend the Taiwan-US Defense Business Forum in Kaohsiung yesterday.
Photo: Chang Chung-yi, Taipei Times

The inaugural Taiwan-US Defense Business Forum was held yesterday in Kaohsiung to facilitate bilateral defense industry cooperation and ease Taiwan’s entry into the global defense supply chain.

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US reactivating its Atlantic 2nd Fleet to counter Russia

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Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson testifies before the US Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington on Sept.19 last year.
Photo: AFP

A top US Navy admiral has announced the re-establishment of the US 2nd Fleet — a Cold War command disbanded in 2011 — to patrol the North Atlantic and face a resurgent threat from Russia.

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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je is interviewed by Jaw Shao-kong on TVBS on Friday.
Screengrab from Jaw Shao-kong Situation Room

Former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) personal medical team last night said that Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) is no longer fit to be the team’s convener after Ko said that Chen had faked his illness before actually falling ill.