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Security fears may affect Boai buildings

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The Presidential Office yesterday said it had asked the Taipei City Government to impose stricter regulations on the height of new buildings in the vicinity of Boai District (博愛特區) to ensure the president’s safety.

Boai District is a special zone where the Presidential Office and presidential residence are situated.


MOJ to probe Chen ‘US agent’ claim

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Minister of Justice Wang Ching-feng (王清峰) said yesterday that prosecutors would look into allegations by former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) attorney that Chen was an “agent” of the US government.

Wang made the remarks at a meeting of the legislature’s Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee.


Taiwan’s Chang defeats top seed

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Chang Kai-chen of Taiwan hits a return against world No. 1 women’s player Dinara Safina of Russia during their second round match at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Japan, yesterday.

World No. 1 and defending champion Dinara Safina was knocked out in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open yesterday by Taiwanese qualifier Chang Kai-chen (張凱貞) only hours before her fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova was ousted in another upset result.

Safina was serving for the match in the third set when she double-faulted to give up a break. Chang, ranked 132nd and playing only for the fourth time in a WTA main draw, held her own serve and then broke Safina again for a 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-5 win to reach the third round of the US$2 million tournament.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 September 2009 07:25 ) Read more...

US academics decry unfair treatment in Chen trial

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Two leading US academics — both with strong ties to Taiwan — have condemned the treatment of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and called for the case to be handled fairly.

Arthur Waldron, a professor of international relations at the University of Pennsylvania, said he was “shocked” by “the stench of vindictiveness” associated with Chen’s trial.


Kadeer ‘very disappointed’ by Taipei

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Exiled Uighur leader Rebeiya Kadeer speaks at a press conference at her office in Washington on Friday.

Exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer on Friday accused Taipei of bowing to Beijing’s pressure in refusing to allow her to visit Taiwan and demanded an apology from the President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) administration for linking her and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) to “terrorists.”

“I am filled with regret, I am very disappointed,” she said during an emotional press conference in her Washington office.


Residents of Penghu reject casino resort plan

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More than 17,000 Penghu residents voted against a plan to allow casino resorts in a referendum yesterday, defeating supporters of the casino plan by about 4,000.

Cheering, clapping and shouting “Penghu is hopeful,” members of the Penghu Alliance Against Casinos celebrated as the Penghu County Election Commission released the official results of the referendum.


DPP’s Liu wins by landslide in Yunlin

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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Liu Chien-kuo (劉建國) secured a landslide victory in yesterday’s Yunlin legislative by-election, giving the party a boost as corruption charges against former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) continue to dog the opposition party.

Liu garnered 74,272 votes, beating his Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) rival Chang Ken-hui (張艮輝) by nearly 45,000 votes. Voter turnout was 45.55 percent.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 September 2009 00:55 ) Read more...

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Taiwan has dismantled its efforts to promote democracy in China and has instead turned its attention to integrating Taiwan’s economy with Beijing’s, a former US diplomat said on Saturday.

In a stinging attack on the policies of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), the former diplomat said that Taiwan was now re-establishing the political doctrine that Taiwan was an integral part of “one China.”