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Exiled Tibetans protest at Executive Yuan

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Exiled Tibetan Chime Thondup, supported by several Taiwanese human rights groups and other exiled Tibetans, kneels on the ground outside the Executive Yuan in Taipei yesterday to protest against the nation’s unfair treatment of exiled Tibetans.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

Several exiled Tibetans, accompanied by the Taiwan Association for Human Rights and other groups, held a demonstration in front of the Executive Yuan in Taipei yesterday, protesting that they cannot renew their passports, leave the nation, work or join the National Health Insurance system.

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Ma faces Taipei District Court date next month

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Former president Ma Ying-jeou, left, speaks with Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu at a meeting of the Overseas Community Affairs Council in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is to appear in court early next month on charges of soliciting confidential information from a chief prosecutor, the first time he has faced court as a defendant since leaving office in May.

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Grand justice nominee promises judicial reform

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Remington Huang, one of the nominees for the Council of Grand Justices, yesterday answers legislators’ questions during a review of his qualifications at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.
Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

Grand justice nominee Remington Huang (黃瑞明) yesterday promised to recuse himself from the constitutional interpretation cases filed by his wife, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu (尤美女), and not to seek reappointment when his term ends amid growing public distrust of the judiciary.

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Taiwanese risk deportation to China

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Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Yu Mei-nu, center, presides over a public hearing on cross-strait judicial mutual assistance and China’s judicial and human rights situation at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

The detention of Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) in Thailand raised concerns that Taiwanese who travel abroad could face deportation to China for advocating independence, civil campaigners said yesterday at a Legislative Yuan hearing.

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Tsai refuses to stoop to China’s level

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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has pledged that her administration would neither succumb to Chinese pressure nor lower its level of goodwill toward Beijing, urging Taiwan’s increasingly hostile neighbor to return to the calm and rationality it demonstrated for a short period after her inauguration.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal in Taipei on Tuesday, Tsai said her May 20 inaugural address — which China has described as an “incomplete test” — was an embodiment of her “maximum benevolence and flexibility.”

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Retired air force captain arrested on spying charge

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A former air force captain has been arrested on charges of colluding with Chinese intelligence operatives, the Taiwan High Prosecutors’ Office said on Monday.

Chen Kuo-wei (陳國瑋) was turned over to the office for alleged violations of the National Intelligence Services Act (國家情報工作法), it said, adding that the Taiwan High Court ruled to detain him incommunicado.

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Taiwan gets support at ICAO Assembly

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Taiwan faced a great challenge in its bid to participate in the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Assembly, but it received warm support from its diplomatic allies, a Taiwanese official outside the event said.

Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) Deputy Director Ho Shu-ping (何淑萍) made the remarks in an interview with the Central News Agency (CNA) on Saturday, before returning to Taiwan after a six-day trip in Montreal.

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People wearing T-shirts with a picture of the Dalai Lama on the back wait for the arrival of the Tibetan spiritual leader at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Sunday evening.
PHOTO: CHU PEI-HSIUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

The Dalai Lama visited Siaolin Village (小林) in Jiasian Township (甲仙), Kaohsiung County, yesterday on the first full day of his five-day trip, where he hugged survivors of Typhoon Morakot and prayed for its victims.

“Mom, Dad, the Dalai Lama has come to pray for you, please come up quickly,” Chen Lan-yin (陳蘭因), a Siaolin survivor, said while the Dalai Lama held a ritual to bring peace to the departed at the site where the village once stood.