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Taiwan proposes fining ‘distracted walking’ due to ‘smart phone addiction’

Back during the fervor over distracted driving discussions that generally looked to paint smart phones as a mythical human-murdering device that required new legislation in the realm of automobiles, one common refrain centered around the question of……

Taiwan stages massive anti-China trade pact rally

Tens of thousands of Taiwanese protesters took to the streets in Taipei on Sunday in a bid to pressure embattled President Ma Ying-jeou to retract a controversial trade pact with China. The protesters, many wearing black shirts and headbands reading……

Hundreds monitored in Taiwan after H7N9 strain of bird flu after infected tourist discovered

Taiwanese authorities are monitoring hundreds of people who may have had contact with a mainland Chinese tourist infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, officials said Wednesday. The 86-year-old man from the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu is in stable condition in hospital in Taiwan, where he was on…

Thousands march in ‘Asia’s largest LGBT pride parade’ in support of same-sex marriage

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Taiwan on Saturday in Asia’s largest gay parade, organisers said, as the island’s parliament was set to review a bill on same-sex marriages. Holding rainbow flags, colourful placards and balloons, participants from Taiwan, several Asian countries, the United States and Europe marched the…

Hundreds gather in Taiwan to support same sex marriage bill

More than 1,200 Taiwanese people joined a mock “wedding banquet” on Saturday aiming to drum up support for a same-sex marriage bill due to be sent to parliament soon, organisers said. Participants sat around tables decorated with red cloths printed with the Chinese character for “wedding”, as they had dinner…

Taiwanese man who had extramarital affair avoided punishment while 56-year-old lover faced 298 years in jail

A Taiwanese widow who faced the theoretical possibility of 298 years in jail for an affair with a married man has rekindled the debate over the island’s controversial adultery laws. The woman, 56, who was not herself married during the five-year affair with her neighbour, was told she must serve…

Taiwan upholds first transgender marriage

Taiwanese authorities have agreed to uphold the marriage status of a local transgender couple, reversing a previous official decision in a ruling activists said would help the bid to legalise same sex marriage. In what was hailed as a “benchmark” ruling, Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior on Wednesday decided that…

Former Taiwanese president attempts suicide in prison

Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian has tried to commit suicide in the prison where he is serving a 20-year sentence for corruption, the justice ministry said Monday. Chen attempted to hang himself with a towel in a bathroom at the jail in the central city of Taichung Sunday night, but…

Taiwanese billionaire launches Asian ‘Nobel prize’

One of Taiwan’s richest men on Monday launched what has been widely touted as the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize, and it is even more lucrative than the famed Swedish award. Samuel Yin, head of the sprawling Ruentex business empire, said that by donating Tw$3 billion ($101 million) for…

Taiwan launches drill simulating Chinese invasion

Taiwan kicked off its biggest annual war game Monday, testing its ability to defend of the capital Taipei against a Chinese attack and ward off a blockade of its main naval base. Thousands of reservists reported for the five-day drill, which is codenamed “Han Kuang (Han Glory) No 28″. Hundreds of troops were also deployed…

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