Feb 5, 2015

Fast-growing Asian airlines race to find qualified pilots

The deadly crash of a TransAsia plane into a river in Taiwan is again focusing the world’s attention on the safety challenges facing fast-growing Asian airlines. TransAsia has been adding new routes rapidly since the Taiwanese carrier went public in 2011. TransAsia and others ...

Feb 5, 2015

Aircraft in distress to be tracked 'by the minute'

Minute-by-minute tracking of aircraft in distress is set to be introduced next year, airline officials said Wednesday, as the industry aims to prevent a repeat of the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. An international aviation summit in Montreal gave strong ...

At least 16 dead in Taipei plane crash

Feb 4, 2015

At least 16 dead in Taipei plane crash

A TransAsia Airways plane with 58 passengers and crew on board crashed into a river shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people and leaving about a dozen missing, officials said. As many as 28 people ...

One dead in accident on Scorsese's Japan Christians movie set

Jan 30, 2015

One dead in accident on Scorsese's Japan Christians movie set

One person died and two were injured on Thursday when a ceiling collapsed on the set in Taiwan of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film “Silence,” a spokeswoman for the production said. The three were working as contractors to reinforce a building on the CMPC Studios ...

Fossil may be new type of primitive human

Jan 28, 2015

Fossil may be new type of primitive human

A fossil human jawbone found in waters off Taiwan indicates the existence of a new type of primitive man that lived at least 10,000 years ago, an international team said Tuesday in Nature Communications, an online British science journal. The team believes the finding ...

Jan 18, 2015

Taiwan's embattled ruling party looks to new leader

Taiwan’s Beijing-friendly ruling party appointed a new leader on Saturday in the hope of reversing its fortunes after its worst-ever local election setback reflected growing fears over Chinese influence. President Ma Ying-jeou resigned as chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) over the election defeat in ...

Taiwan lodges protest over China's new air routes

Jan 16, 2015

Taiwan lodges protest over China's new air routes

Taiwan filed an objection with the United Nations aviation agency over new commercial flight routes off China’s southeastern coast that it said poses a safety risk to its planes. “The mainland should not implement the new routes before the negotiations are completed,” the Central ...

Taiwan confirms first case of H5N8 bird flu

Jan 12, 2015

Taiwan confirms first case of H5N8 bird flu

A highly pathogenic strain of H5N8 avian influenza has been found in central Taiwan in the first confirmed case on the island, health authorities said. Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Bao-ji said Sunday the H5N8 avian flu virus was found at a goose farm ...

Jan 5, 2015

Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian granted medical parole

Taiwan’s ailing ex-leader Chen Shui-bian was freed from prison on medical parole Monday, after serving six years on graft charges related to his time in office. The 64-year-old, who led Taiwan from 2000 to 2008, will be released from a prison hospital this afternoon ...