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Six Dead, Thousands Evacuated in Taiwan Floods

Six people have been killed by floodwaters in Taiwan, officials said Saturday, after days of heavy rain forced thousands to evacuate their homes.

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Taiwan Sends Patrol Ships after Boat Seized by Japan

Taiwan Sunday sent two patrol ships to waters surrounding a Japanese atoll amid a dispute over the seizure of one of the island's fishing boats there.

The detention of the "Tung Sheng Chi 16" near Okinotori-shima last week angered Taiwanese officials, who say Tokyo has no authority over the area.

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Taiwan Mourns Victims of Deadly Quake, Families Demand Justice

Flags flew at half-mast across Taiwan Monday as the island mourned more than 100 people who died when an earthquake toppled an apartment complex, as families demanded justice.

Many residents of the 16-storey Wei-kuan complex in the southern city of Tainan were buried in rubble after the 6.4-magnitude quake on February 6.

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More than 100 Dead in Collapsed Taiwan Building

Rescuers have found the bodies of more than 100 people killed after an apartment block in Taiwan collapsed during an earthquake one week ago, emergency services said on Saturday.

Only three residents of the Wei-kuan complex in the southern city of Tainan remained unaccounted for as emergency services drew close to completing their search, after rescuing hundreds of people from the ruins.

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Rescuers Race to Save over 120 Buried after Taiwan Quake

Rescuers raced Sunday to free more than 120 people buried under the rubble of an apartment complex felled by an earthquake in southern Taiwan that left 24 confirmed dead, as an investigation began into the collapse.

The death toll rose as emergency workers dug for survivors of the 6.4-magnitude quake that toppled the 16-storey complex of almost 100 homes in the city of Tainan on Saturday.

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5.8-Magnitude Quake Felt in Taiwan

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck in the northeast of Taiwan on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, with no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake hit at 22:19 local time (1419 GMT), USGS said, at a depth of 190 kilometers (120 miles).

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Tsai Ing-wen Becomes Taiwan President in Landslide Victory

Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan's main opposition party will become the island's first female president in a landslide victory over the ruling Kuomintang Saturday, as voters turned their backs on closer China ties.

KMT candidate Eric Chu conceded defeat in a disastrous rout for the party, addressing tearful crowds at the party's headquarters in Taipei.

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Drama and Democracy: Taiwan's Political Evolution

When voters go to the polls in Taiwan Saturday it will be the latest step in the island's fraught evolution into an outspoken democracy and a thorn in China's side.

China and Taiwan have been locked in hostility for decades after the island split from the mainland in 1949, following a civil war.

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China Summons U.S. Envoy over Taiwan Arms Sales

China has summoned the U.S. envoy to protest Washington's sale of warships to Taiwan, as part of a massive $1.8 billion arms package, Beijing said Thursday.

Taipei will get an array of missiles, amphibious assault vehicles and two frigates in the latest deal, which comes as the United States looks to shore up its Asian friends and allies in the face of growing Chinese assertiveness.

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Taiwan Says China Summit 'First Step' to Normalizing Ties

Taiwan's president Thursday defended a historic summit with China as the first step to normalizing relations between the leaders, as opponents wary over a rapprochement after decades of hostility accused him of selling out the island.

Ma Ying-jeou will meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday, in a dramatic recognition of a seven-year period of warming relations which has raised fears self-ruled Taiwan's security may be at stake.

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