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January, 19, 2017

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China gives Trump the bird
A Chinese shopping mall is ringing in the year of the rooster with a giant sculpture of a chicken that looks like U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. China has gone cuckoo for the cartoonish pastiche -- complete with an orange pompadour -- of the billionaire politician in Taiyuan, capital of the northern province of Shanxi.
 
The time to act is now
Taiwanese opera celebrity Yang Li-hua (楊麗花) dresses in costumes to promote her latest show, Wednesday, Dec. 28
 
Cheetah numbers decline as their African habitat shrinks
Amid population declines for many wildlife species in Africa, conservationists are sounding alarm bells for the cheetah, the fastest animal on land.
 
Fans mourn pop star George Michael
Grieving fans on Monday mourned the death of George Michael as British charities revealed that the pop star had secretly been a major behind-the-scenes donor who gave his time and money to support cherished causes.
 
Vera Rubin, who did pioneering work on dark matter, dies at 88
Vera Rubin, a pioneering astronomer who helped find powerful evidence of dark matter, has died, her son said Monday.
 
Offbeat photos of the year
It's been a bumpy year, and everyone could do with a dose of levity.
 
A Pennsylvania man going through treatment for colon cancer won a pizza parlor's raffle for a years' worth of free pies and then donated his prize to a local food bank.
 
'Asian Silicon Valley' operations base opens
Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) inaugurated Sunday the base for the implementation of the government's ambitious "Asian Silicon Valley" plan, which is designed to improve Taiwan's overall economic structure.
 
New Year's celebration to light up the nation
It is now less than a week before the world says goodbye to 2016 and counts down to the new year. Have you decided how you'll be spending the last few moments of 2016? If not, here's a roundup of some of the best spectacles around the island.
 
Gold, myrrh and a gift card: Troubling news for wise men as wild frankincense forests face extinction
In a tradition dating to Biblical times, men rise at dawn in the rugged Cal Madow mountains of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa to scale rocky outcrops in search of the prized sap of wild frankincense trees.
 
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