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September, 1, 2016

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As people continued making plans yesterday for next month's four-day Mid-Autumn Festival, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) appeared to remain in deadlock with train conductors who have threatened not to work extra shifts scheduled for the holiday.
 
Tourists and philatelists who have a passion for collecting stamps should stop by a stamp shop in Paris that sells rare postage stamps from all over the world.
 
Taiwan design
Eager to share its designs with the world, Taiwan is no stranger to major events in the cultural and creative industry. To pave the way for going global, the Taiwan Design Center (TDC, 台灣創意設計中心) has collected high-potential brands and products for presentation at the "Fresh Taiwan" pavilion in international shows since 2012.
 
Living in a  'State of Flux'
Held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum until Sep. 25, "State of Flux" (崩解劇場) highlights the ever-changing landscape where we live, which is affected by a growing number of man-made disasters.
 
Embracing Design
In "Design Station" (設計進站), a World Design Capital (WDC, 世界設計之都) project, the new looks of metro stations were met with awe and praise.
 
A new angle on public art
A man floats past the reflection of a public sculpture standing by a river in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 15. Swimming in the capital's rivers is a popular pastime in summer and even in the frigid winter.
 
Adele declines invite to sing at Super Bowl
Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Adele says she turned down an offer to perform at the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show.
 
Pokemon No: Can a place declare the game off-limits?
The global "Pokemon Go" craze has prompted a slew of complaints, from memorial sites arguing it's disrespectful to play there to whole countries imposing a ban on the smartphone game.
 
Purple haze
A man smokes as a woman looks on during the Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festival in Benicassim, Castellon province, on Friday, Aug. 13. The Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festival runs from Aug. 13 to 20 in Benicassim.
 
SMAP disband
News of the retirement announcement by Japanese pop group SMAP occupies the front pages of various newspapers in Japan on Sunday, Aug. 14. The group, one of the most popular boy bands in Japan, has said it will disband by Dec. 31.
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