Monday, 22 July 2019

Tag Archives: Taiwan

Hong Kong chief says China extradition bill ‘dead’

HONG KONG chief Carrie Lam has said a controversial bill that would’ve allowed extradition to the Chinese mainland and that subsequently led to mass protests in the city is “dead”. “I have almost immediately put a stop to the [bill] amendment exercise. But there are still lingering doubts about the ...

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Taiwan separatist attempts doomed to fail: spokesman

Any attempts to provoke and create confrontation between compatriots across the Taiwan Strait is doomed to failure, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said. An Fengshan, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, made the remarks in response to questions related to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration’s attempts ...

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Taiwan weighs landmark same-sex measures ahead of vote

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s parliament on Friday discussed measures to legalize same-sex marriage ahead of a landmark vote that could make the self-ruled island the first in Asia to adopt such legislation, despite deep divisions over marriage equality. In Taipei, the capital, thousands of supporters of same-sex marriage gathered outside parliament, which ...

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6.1 strong earthquake hits Taiwan

TAIPEI: A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan, the US Geological Survey said, disrupting traffic and injuring 17 people. In the capital Taipei, highrises swayed while some panicked schoolchildren fled their classrooms in eastern Yilan county, according to reports. The quake was felt across the island and a highway connecting Yilan and ...

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Taiwan’s social media star dies after ravine fall

TAIPEI: Taiwanese rescue teams were trying to retrieve the body of a dead hiker who became famous on social media for taking selfies on top of mountain peaks dressed in a bikini. Gigi Wu – dubbed the “Bikini Climber” by fans – used a satellite phone on Saturday to tell ...

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US warships pass through Taiwan Strait amid China tensions

The United States sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait on Monday in the second such operation this year, as the US military increases the frequency of transits through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China. The voyage risks further heightening tensions with China but will likely be viewed in ...

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18 dead after train flips in Taiwan

YILAN: At least 18 people have died after an express train derailed and flipped over on a popular coastal tourist route in Taiwan, the island’s worst rail accident for more than 25 years. Images from the site showed the Puyuma Express train completely derailed and lying zig-zagged across the track ...

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Taiwan to hold referendum on special law for same-sex marriage

TAIPEI: Taiwan will hold a public vote on whether the island’s civil law should recognise same-sex marriage, two election officials told Reuters on Tuesday, reviving a debate over whether a separate law should be enacted for civil unions between gay couples. Taiwan’s constitutional court declared in May last year that ...

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Rescuers brave aftershocks to pull bodies from tilting Taiwan tower

HUALIEN: Taiwanese rescuers Thursday braved aftershocks coursing through a dangerously leaning apartment block that was partially toppled by a deadly earthquake, as their search for survivors uncovered three more bodies. At least 10 people have now been confirmed killed by the 6.4-magnitude quake that struck the popular eastern tourist city ...

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