Top Taiwan military official killed after helicopter crash-landing
02 January 2020 | 12:14 pm
General Shen Yi-ming, the general chief of staff in Taiwan, has been killed along with several other people after a helicopter crash-landed into mountains near Taipei. A rescue mission has been launched.
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