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From time immemorial, Gods of Earth (土地公) have been worshipped in China. They are eudemons, or kind spirits, each of them supervising a glebe, which includes local lands, mountain forests, plains, rivers and hills. Under the protection of the local eudemon, the Earth can be guaranteed always to be peaceful and fertile.
 
Over the past week, Taiwan had a glimpse of a truly functioning democracy. Central and local governments joined hands in tackling a crisis, politicians of opposite party affiliations expressed appreciations for each other's dedication, citizens and some media outlets worked to stem out misinformation and international experts and volunteers participated in government-led efforts -- in other words, people from all walks of life doing their part trying to solve a problem together.
 
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) pledged Wednesday to improve surveillance against the Zika virus, as the outbreak continued to spread to countries and territories in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
 
The Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs yesterday gave the green light to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s (TSMC, 台積電) investment plan in China.
 
While cross-strait relations will be a major hurdle for President-elect Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party, the economy will be her first and foremost challenge.
 
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has faced criticism over traffic congestion in the capital in recent days.
 
The Legislature will enter a new era come Feb. 1, when it will reopen with the Democratic Progressive Party occupying the majority of seats for the first time and a new speaker running the parliament.
 
Over the past few years, President Ma has been berated, his policies discounted and his motives questioned at almost every turn. It seemed like nothing he did could be credited as something that served the interests of all the people of Taiwan.
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Local media reported on Tuesday that the government is relaxing the rules a bit in order to clear the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT for operations before President Ma Ying-jeou steps down from office on May 20.
 
"Rebel Without a Cause" is a 1955 American drama added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant" in portraying the moral decay of American youth.
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