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Oslo court rules against Taiwanese in nationality suit

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A group of Taiwanese living in Norway lost a lawsuit filed last year against the Norwegian government, accusing it of improperly changing their nationality from “Taiwanese” to “Chinese” on their residency permits.

A district court in Oslo on Tuesday last week ruled that the Norwegian government abides by the “one China” policy and so does not diplomatically recognize Taiwan.

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AIT promotes Taiwan’s bid for WHA

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The WHO logo is pictured at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 15.
Photo: EPA-EFE

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday launched a “countdown” series of Facebook posts to promote Taiwan’s bid to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA), which is expected to meet virtually in the middle of this month.

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Virus Outbreak: CECC shares long-weekend guidelines

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Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, center, and four other officials hold cup lids marked with a zero at a news conference in Taipei yesterday to highlight that there have been no reported new COVID-19 cases for five consecutive days.
Photo: CNA

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday released disease prevention guidelines ahead of the three-day International Workers’ Day weekend that starts today, as it reported no new COVID-19 cases for the fifth straight day.

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Virus Outbreak: Public support key to ‘zero’ cases: Chen

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Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center, gives an update on the COVID-19 pandemic at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo courtesy of Central Epidemic Command Center via CNA

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday reported no new COVID-19 infections for a third consecutive day, thanking the public for cooperating with and supporting the center since its establishment 100 days ago.

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Bail for paint suspects lambasted

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Former Causeway Bay Books manager Lam Wing-kei, center, shows red paint in his hair at a forum in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

The bail set for suspects who allegedly threw red paint at former Causeway Bay Books manager Lam Wing-kei (林榮基) was tantamount to encouraging such acts of violence, academics said yesterday.

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Virus Outbreak: President apologizes for ship infections

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President Tsai Ing-wen yesterday arrives at a news conference at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei at which she apologized for the handling of a COVID-19 cluster on board the navy supply ship Panshih.
Photo: CNA

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday apologized for the handling of a cluster of COVID-19 cases on board a navy ship that has left 28 crew infected, saying that as commander-in-chief, she holds ultimate responsibility for the military.

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Lawmaker reveals three passport design proposals

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Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chung Chia-pin explains three design proposals for a revised passport cover at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Lu Yi-hsuan, Taipei Times

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chung Chia-pin (鍾佳濱) yesterday unveiled three design proposals for a revised passport cover, at a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee in Taipei.

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Newsflash

Accusing the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government of ramming the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) through without regard for public concerns or democratic process, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday vowed that it would revisit the trade pact if it regains power in 2012.

“Taiwan will have to one day pay the price for its reckless passage of the ECFA,” DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said, one day after the KMT-dominated legislature approved the bulk of the trade pact. “This important piece of national policy should have been carefully considered, transparent and subject to legislative oversight, but we did not see this take place.”