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World Games end in spectacular style

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The Kaohsiung World Games arena is bathed in light during yesterday’s closing ceremony.
PHOTO: CHANG CHUNG-YI, TAIPEI TIMES

Kaohsiung rounded off a successful World Games yesterday evening with a carnival-like closing ceremony that brought down the curtain on 10 days of exciting sporting competition.

The ceremony got underway at 7.30pm with spectators creating a sparkling “river of stars,” as the lights were dimmed before the 40,000-strong crowd simultaneously switched on LEDs.

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 July 2009 07:55 ) Read more...
 

Envoy exposes roots of Tibetan anger

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Ethnic inequality, discrimination and cultural extinction fueled by the Chinese government — more than any other human rights issues — are at the root of Tibetans’ and Uighurs’ resentment toward Chinese rule, speakers said at a forum in Taipei on human rights conditions in Tibet and Xinjiang yesterday.

“People around the world often condemn the Chinese government for human rights abuses in Tibet, but we Tibetans do not care so much whether we live well in Tibet,” envoy of the Tibetan government-in-exile Dawa Tsering told the forum, which was organized by the Taiwan New Century Foundation.

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Taiwan strikes more gold in Kaohsiung

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Taiwan’s Huang Hao-yun lies knocked out on the mat after winning the karate gold at the Kaohsiung World Games yesterday.
PHOTO: CHANG CHUNG-YI, TAIPEI TIMES

Taiwan got back on the medal trail yesterday in dramatic fashion on the penultimate day of action with three gold medals at the World Games in Kaohsiung.

The golds came in karate (one) and powerlifting (two), while Taiwanese athletes also picked up one bronze each in Karate and women’s nine ball pool.

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Taipei District Court to announce former president's verdict on Sept. 11

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The Taipei District Court yesterday set Sept. 11 as the date it will announce its verdict in the corruption cases against former president Chen Shui-bian.

The former president has maintained that the money he sent overseas was from leftover campaign funds that he dedicated to classified foreign relations building, while denying that the money was earned through illegal dealings.

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Chen still silent as trial nears close

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Former president Chen Shui-bian yesterday again refused to answer questions at his trial at Taipei District Court.

Presiding Judge Tsai Shou-hsun scheduled yesterday’s session to have Chen examine case files. All of Tsai’s questions to the former president regarding whether he had any comments about the files went unanswered.

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Taiwan considering PRC media swap

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The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said yesterday it was considering relaxing regulations to allow Chinese media outlets to establish branches in Taipei and vice versa.

Currently, only individual Chinese reporters, not media organizations, are allowed to enter Taiwan on three-month visas. The same rule applies to Taiwanese journalists in China.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 July 2009 08:20 ) Read more...
 

DPP gives ministry three days to pull ‘racist’ comic

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Cartoon characters Fa Sao, left, and Yi-ge are seen in Taipei on Monday standing in front of comic strips designed to inform the public about the contents of the proposed economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China.
PHOTO: CNA

A comic strip published by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to promote a proposed economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China is marred by racist, derogatory and “extremely offensive” content, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday.

The party threatened to report the ministry to the Control Yuan unless it suspended the comic strip within three days.

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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.