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Magazine lists Ma as one of world’s ‘gutsiest’ leaders

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President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has been selected as one of the world’s “gutsiest” leaders in the September-October issue of the humorous US public affairs magazine mental_floss.

The author of the article, Jennifer Drapkin, said all the people in it have had unbelievable lives.

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Urumqi residents urge further action

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Residents in Urumqi demanded further action yesterday after the sacking of two top officials in the restive Xinjiang region over syringe attacks that sparked deadly protests.

The Communist Party chief of Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi and the region’s top police official were dismissed on Saturday in the wake of the protests that left five people dead, but residents said the sackings were not enough.

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Prosecutors deny that Chen admitted flying cash to Palau

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Prosecutors yesterday denied reports that former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) recently admitted using the presidential airplane to carry cash to Palau as part of his alleged money laundering.

The Chinese-language Apple Daily reported yesterday that investigators probing the former president’s money-laundering case questioned officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and national security agencies. These officials reportedly received instructions from the former president to prepare a certain amount of money to be converted into US dollars as part of Chen’s “classified diplomatic affairs.”

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Angry protesters take to streets of Xinjiang capital

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Crowds of angry Han Chinese protesters took to the streets of the city of Urumqi yesterday to demand better security, less than two months after deadly unrest rocked the capital of mainly Muslim Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

Police ordered residents to stay indoors and stationed officers throughout the city, in a forceful response aimed at staving off a second wave of bloodshed following that in July, when nearly 200 people were killed.

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Taiwan part of US since World War II: protesters

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Members of the Formosa Nation Legal Strategy Association protest in front of the American Institute in Taiwan in Taipei yesterday.
PHOTO: CNA

More than 300 protesters gathered in front of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday to urge the US to recognize Taiwan as an incorporated territory and assume full authority for its “military occupation.”

Waving a self-designed US Military Government flag — the shape of Taiwan superimposed on a US flag — the protesters, led by attorney Roger Lin (林志昇), chanted anti-government slogans and called for the expulsion of the Republic of China (ROC) “government-in-exile.”

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Dalai Lama under ‘gag order’ from Taipei

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Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, right, and Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi of Taiwan’s Catholic Church greet each other in Kaohsiung yesterday.
PHOTO: PICHI CHUANG, REUTERS

The Dalai Lama arrived in Taipei yesterday as his nephew said the government had put a “gag order” on the exiled religious leader out of fears of Beijing’s reaction.

The Dalai Lama traveled on a high-speed train from Kaohsiung after two days focused on the plight of communities devastated by Typhoon Morakot last month.

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Dalai Lama moves thousands at ceremony

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Exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama shares his thoughts at a ceremony to comfort victims of Typhoon Morakot in Kaohsiung yesterday.
PHOTO: PATRICK LIN, AFP

More than 17,000 people from across the country packed the Kaohsiung Arena yesterday morning as the Dalai Lama held a two-hour prayer ceremony for the victims of Typhoon Morakot.

Although the ceremony officially started at 9:30am, many people began lining up on Monday night and by 9am the stadium was packed.

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Vice President Chen Chien-jen, front row third right, former US secretary of health and human services Tom Price, center front, and other guests yesterday attend the opening of the 2019 Taiwan-US Global Cooperation Training Framework workshop on tuberculosis prevention in Taipei.
Photo: CNA

The US supports Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA), which is to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 20 to 28, former US secretary of health and human services Tom Price and American Institute in Taiwan Director Brent Christensen said in Taipei yesterday.