Taiwan

Cannes Festival Entry Focuses on Taiwan Death Penalty Debate

By Fabian Hamacher TAIPEI, May 9 – A prize-winning Taiwanese film exploring the use of the death penalty will screen at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, adding to recent increased debate about the island’s use of capital punishment. Leon Lee’s 23-minute film titled “The Day To Choose” puts its main character, a lawyer

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Taiwan Developer Arrested After Deadly Quake Fells Building

TAINAN, Taiwan, Feb 9 – Prosecutors in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan have arrested the developer of a building which collapsed during an earthquake on Saturday killing at least 39 people, officials said on Tuesday, as rescue efforts increasingly turned to recovery. The quake struck at about 4 a.m. on Saturday at the beginning

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Two More Taiwan Quake Survivors Found, Toll Could Exceed 100

By J.R. Wu and Damon Lin TAINAN, Taiwan, Feb 8 – Rescuers pulled two survivors from the rubble of a Taiwan apartment block on Monday more than 48 hours after it was toppled by an earthquake, but the mayor of the southern city of Tainan warned the death toll was likely to exceed 100. The

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Loan Rejection May Been Early Warning of Taiwan Building Collapse

By Yimou Lee TAINAN, Taiwan, Feb 7  – Before their apartment tower collapsed in a Taiwan earthquake at the weekend, a young couple living on the 14th floor had already been given a clue that the building was unsafe. But it came too late. Chen Yi-ting and her husband bought the apartment in the center

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China Says Taiwan Election Putting off Tourists from Visiting

BEIJING (Reuters) Chinese tourists are being put off visiting Taiwan because of the “highly politicized” atmosphere there ahead of January’s elections, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, but would not say if Beijing was telling people not to go. Taiwan elections are always sensitive in Communist Party-ruled China, worried that the democratic winds from across

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