First off in this edition, the BBC reports that Taiwanese Defense Minister Andrew Yang resigned a mere six days after taking the office due to plagiarism allegations. Yang, who took the office after his predecessor stepped down in the midst of a scandal involving the death of an army conscript, found himself embroiled in controversy after it was discovered that an article written under his name contained plagiarized material. According to Yang, the article, which was about mainland China’s People’s Liberation Army, was written by a friend of his for him. Yang quickly admitted to the plagiarism, calling it a “personal mistake” and apologized for the infraction. In his resignation, Yang said that the government was facing “great challenges” and that his actions had hurt the ministry’s honor. Yang, who was the first civilian to have held the position, was succeeded by Yen Ming, who is currently the Minister of National Defense.