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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton scored big after their New York wins, casting themselves as inevitable as their respective parties' presidential nominees.
 
The world is embroiled in free trade problems as populism throws into question the movement toward greater economic liberalization, giving rise to opportunities for companies to operate across borders. This has fueled economic anxiety from those who have ended up on the receiving end of the effect, as they watch the secure jobs that have existed for decades being relocated.
 
Last week Vladimir Putin held his annual TV call-in show where the Russian president answered questions posed to him by ordinary citizens for hours.
 
One oft-quoted quip of American political pundits is: Elections are free, but the voters pay later. Their warning has been borne out in Taipei.
 
The ongoing row over the deportation of 45 Taiwanese suspects by Kenya to China has underscored the need for more cross-strait cooperation in cracking down on phone fraud.
 
"Mr. Player," (綜藝玩很大) a game variety show, has been one of the recent success stories in Taiwan entertainment. The main attraction of the show, in line with the current success formula of popular game shows elsewhere in Asia, is its difficult knowledge-testing games and big rewards for its contestants. Unlike older shows, hosts and guests are no longer just playing for laughs but are completing in games that can truly be demanding in terms of strength, skills and stamina.
 
There was a certain aura or charisma surrounding Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je when he took office in late 2014 as a self-styled "ordinary person outside of politics." His off-the-cuff remarks and way with words not only generated media talking points, but he was also bolstered by high approval ratings and quickly shot up as a rising star in Taiwanese politics.
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Time seemed to turn back on Monday as the once-ubiquitous photo of Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang covered the front pages of national newspapers as he returned to Major League Baseball (MLB) for the first time in three years on Saturday U.S. Central Time. As some local sports fans exclaimed, "It's like reading the newspaper 10 years ago."
 
The Medical Professionals' Alliance in Taiwan kicked off a movement on March 29 to win a presidential pardon for former President Chen Shui-bian, who is now on medical parole from prison for serving a 20-year sentence for corruption and graft, as well as money laundering, since 2009.
 
The Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC) has revealed it is mulling over the possibility of converting the city's underground book street into a shopping center to generate more revenue for the MRT system. Such an idea has received mixed responses, but it really shows how the government gives priority to doing business over promoting culture.
 
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