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US travel bill clears first hurdle

From left, US Representative Steve Chabot, then-Republican US vice presidential candidate Mike Pence and Pence’s wife, Karen, wave to the crowd during an election campaign rally in Mason, Ohio, on Oct. 17 last year.
Photo: AP

A bill that seeks to encourage visits between Taiwan and the US at all levels was on Thursday passed by a US House of Representatives subcommittee in the first step toward its legislation.


Politicalization of Chi’s death wrong

When news of documentary filmmaker Chi Po-lin’s (齊柏林) unexpected passing in a helicopter crash broke last weekend, it is no exaggeration to say that the hearts of nearly everyone in Taiwan were saddened by the loss of a man who had literally risked life to capture the nation in all its glory.

However, as the nation mourned the acclaimed director, eyebrows were raised when the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) made an unprecedentedly poor decision by saying that Chi was “an outstanding KMT member.”


Taiwan must take control of its fate

On May 28, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, unnerved by what she interpreted as US President Donald Trump’s lack of commitment to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty — which states that in the event one member of NATO is attacked, all other members will come to its aid — signaled a change in her approach to future security arrangements for Europe.

“We really must take our fate into our own hands,” Merkel said.


Lee calls for active measures to secure detainee’s release

Lee Ching-yu, center, wife of human rights advocate Lee Ming-che, talks to reporters yesterday after meeting with former president Lee Teng-hui at his residence in Taipei.
Photo: CNA

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) yesterday urged the government to take a more pro-active role in rescuing human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who has been detained by Chinese authorities and charged with subversion of state power.


Annette Lu calls for Taipei Bank takeover probe

Former vice president Annette Lu, second left, and Taipei City councilors yesterday present evidence of wrongdoing in Fubon Bank’s 2002 takeover of Taipei Bank.
Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday presented more evidence which she said showed that former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was involved in the formation of Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank (台北富邦銀行) , as she demanded that prosecutors conduct a thorough investigation of the case.


Taiwan severs official ties with Panama

Panamanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Isabel de Saint Malo, left, shakes hands with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, during a joint press briefing yesterday after they signed a joint communique agreeing to establish diplomatic relations in Beijing.
Photo: AFP

Taiwan is cutting diplomatic ties with Panama after the Central American country switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) announced yesterday.

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DHARAMSHALA, February 19: Amidst the ongoing self-immolations, another teenaged Tibetan in Tibet set himself on fire and is reportedly dead.

The 18 year old teenaged Tibetan, Nangdrol set himself on fire today in the afternoon in Amdo Ngaba, the nerve centre of almost all the Tibetan self-immolations in the recent months.