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‘No support’ for referendum, AIT says

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Former minister of national defense Michael Tsai, right, calls for amendments to the Referendum Act at a news conference organized by the Formosa Alliance in Taipei on Jan. 31.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday said it does not support a referendum on Taiwanese independence, after a former AIT chairman penned an open letter advising against the proposed plebiscite by pro-independence group Formosa Alliance.

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Flight turned back over Taiwan issue

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Passengers board an Air New Zealand flight at Christchurch International Airport on Sept. 20, 2017.
Photo: AP

An Air New Zealand flight on its way to Shanghai was forced to return to Auckland after several hours in the air on Saturday because paperwork for the flight included a reference to Taiwan, news Web site Stuff reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Three new measles cases: CDC

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Three more cases of measles have been confirmed in Taiwan, bringing the total to 11 since the beginning of this year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said on Friday.

The three new cases include a woman in her 20s who came in contact with a measles patient living in northern Taiwan, which was confirmed as an imported case from Vietnam on Jan. 16, as well as two imported cases: a man in his 30s from Haiphong, Vietnam, and a seven-year-old girl from Manila, the agency said in a statement.

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UK legislators fight for Taiwan name

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UK legislators Dennis Rogan, left, and Nigel Evans, cochairs of the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group, are pictured in undated photographs.
Photo: Wikipedia

A group of UK legislators urged a UK-based English-language proficiency test company to correct the designation of Taiwan on its Web site, which implies that the nation is part of China.

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Ted Cruz urges Pelosi to invite Tsai to Washington

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US Senator Ted Cruz speaks at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington on Wednesday.
Photo: Bloomberg

US Senator Ted Cruz on Wednesday said he has a signed a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging her to invite President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to visit Washington and give an address to the US Congress.

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Lee Ching-yu asked to State of the Union event

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Lee Ching-yu sits in front of a poster featuring a photograph of her husband, Lee Ming-che, at a Taipei news conference on Tuesday last week.
Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), wife of Taiwanese democracy advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), was invited to attend US President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last night in Washington.

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Chinese pork jerky tests positive for swine virus

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Aviation police yesterday pass a traveler’s suitcase through one of the 16 X-ray machines installed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s two terminals.
Photo: CNA

Two Chinese pork jerky products seized at customs have tested positive for African swine fever, the Council of Agriculture said yesterday.

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A pro-democracy protester wears plastic wrap to protect himself from pepper spray at a rally near government headquarters in Hong Kong yesterday.
Photo: AFP

Hong Kong police fired repeated volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests yesterday and baton-charged the crowd blocking a key road in the government district after issuing official warnings against illegal demonstrations.

The territory’s Admiralty district had descended into chaos as chanting protesters converged on police barricades surrounding colleagues who had earlier launched a “new era” of civil disobedience to pressure Beijing into granting full democracy to Hong Kong.