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Tsai nominates Judicial Yuan heads

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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday announced her nominees for the president and vice president of the Judicial Yuan, saying that she was confident they would enhance judicial reforms.

Public Functionary Disciplinary Sanction Commission Chief Commissioner Hsieh Wen-ting (謝文定) was picked to succeed Rai Hau-min (賴浩敏) as president and Judicial Yuan Secretary-General Lin Chin-fang (林錦芳) to succeed Su Yeong-chin (蘇永欽) as vice president.

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US offers assistance in blunder probe

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The US has expressed concern over the navy’s accidental launch of a missile into the Taiwan Strait on Friday last week and offered to provide technical assistance to help determine the cause of the incident, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) said yesterday.

Lee made the comments on the sidelines of a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, which was held to review President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) achievements during her first state visit to the nation’s diplomatic allies in Latin America.

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Accidental missile firing ‘unforgivable,’ Tsai says

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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday called the accidental firing of an anti-ship missile on Friday “unforgivable.”

“The missile mishap on board the Chinchiang-class corvette was absolutely unforgivable,” Tsai said on Facebook. “The armed forces and I are one: When they do well, I would share their glory, and when they make a mistake, I would definitely face it with them.”

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Probe after missile blunder in Strait

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Investigators in Kaohsiung yesterday gather evidence on board the Hsiang Li Sheng, a fishing boat that was hit by the unintentional discharge of a missile.
Photo: CNA

One fisherman was killed and three injured after a locally developed supersonic anti-ship missile was launched from one of the navy’s 500-tonne corvettes docked at Zuoying (左營) Military Harbor in Kaohsiung at 8:15am yesterday, the navy said.

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Tsai looking for dialogue with China

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President Tsai Ing-wen addresses the Paraguayan parliament on Tuesday.
Photo: CNA

The government will continue to look for ways to maintain dialogue with China, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said during her state visit to Paraguay on Tuesday, several days after Beijing said that it had halted a regular communication mechanism with Taipei.

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Taiwan, Colorado sign driver’s license agreement

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Taiwan has signed a reciprocal driver’s license agreement with Colorado, the 19th US state with which the nation has forged such an accord, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver, Colorado, signed the memorandum of understanding with the Colorado state government on Wednesday, the ministry said in a statement.

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Transitional justice draft clears review

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From left to right, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Ying, New Power Party Legislator Kawlo lyun Pacidal, Non-Partisan Solidarity Union Legislator Kao Chin Su-mei and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Sra Kacaw take part in a news conference at the legislature in Taipei yesterday calling on the government to prioritize transitional justice for Aboriginals.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

Draft legislation for promoting transitional justice yesterday passed out of the legislature’s Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee, but after a sharp debate, the final draft left out a proposal covering the restoration of historic Aboriginal rights.

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An opponent to nuclear power wearing a face mask holds up a banner during a nuclear power protest in New Taipei City’s Jinshan District yesterday.
Photo: Wang Min-wei, Taipei Times

About 250 people brought together by several anti-nuclear civic groups yesterday staged an anti-nuclear flash mob by forming the shape of Taiwan at a park near Taipei’s Shandao Temple MRT station, as organizers prepare for next weekend’s nationwide protests.

Initiated by the No-Nuker, the Nuclear-free Homeland Alliance and the Taiwan Association of University Professors, participants marked out the nuclear plants with four people holding red umbrellas and held a banner that reads “you lie, we die,” to say that many people’s lives would be sacrificed if nuclear officials concealed the truth about nuclear safety.