Agence France-Presse in Taipei

Authorities in Taiwan’s second largest city on Friday sealed off two streets and evacuated residents over a fresh gas leak at the same site of last week’s fatal explosions.

Taiwan’s government said on Thursday it would seal off a nuclear power plant due to open next year but repeatedly attacked as unsafe by the public, pending a referendum on its future.

The agreement was reached during their first preparatory meeting on fishery cooperation held in Manila on Friday, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said in a statement released late Saturday.

During the meeting in California, the Chinese side had asked the US to end its arms sales to Taiwan, which Beijing sees as part of its territory.

Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration has budgeted NT$19 million (US$640,000) to evaluate the project, which is part of its efforts to boost defence capabilities in the disputed area this year.

Lai’s “implication in the case has violated the party’s rules against corruption and has spoiled the party’s image”, the party led by President Ma Ying-jeou said in a statement.

A hospital in Taiwan harvested organs and other body parts from one of six executed death row inmates, in a controversial procedure that could help five patients, local media reported Sunday.

Taiwan on Friday protested after China started issuing new passports with maps that feature two of the island’s most famous scenic spots as part of Chinese territory.

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck off southern Taiwan on Thursday, the island’s Seismology Center said, but there were no reports of any damage or casualties.

A Taiwanese court on Wednesday sentenced a man to life in prison for shooting at a rally on the eve of key local elections in 2010, which left one man dead and wounded the son of a top politician.

Taiwan is investigating the alleged theft by two former executives of sensitive technology from leading flat-panel maker AU Optronics and its sale to a Chinese rival, officials said on Monday.

Taiwan’s AU Optronics said on Friday it would appeal against a US court decision to fine it US$500 million for taking part in the “most serious price-fixing” case in US history.

Two Taiwanese coastguard ships on Thursday set sail for waters near a disputed archipelago in the East China Sea, amid an ongoing territorial row with Beijing and Tokyo.

President Hu Jintao expects ties with Taiwan to remain the same despite an imminent leadership change in Beijing, a top Taiwanese politician said on Wednesday.

Three Taiwanese legislators flew to a hotly-contested island in the South China Sea on Tuesday as garrison forces there held a live-fire drill, risking stirring up new tensions in the region.