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Sunday, February 1, 2015
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) remarks that longer periods of colonialism produce more advanced cultures drew wide criticism in Taiwan yesterday.
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Taiwan -- Cherry blossom viewing hotspots in Greater Taipei
It's cherry blossom season in Northern Taiwan. Yangmingshan (陽明山), reliably a favorite spot each year, is already playing host to crowds attracted by the sight of the first cream and pink blossoms.
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Starting today, the Taichung Fire Department is changing its policy of “late-night duty” to “sleeping on duty.” If the policy receives good feedback, it will be expanded, according to Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung.
Legal cases were the number one concern in terms of complaints that the Control Yuan received in 2014, the nation's highest government watchdog has revealed.
The government's indication it would tone down its push for tax reform on real estate is expected to help the property market return to a market mechanism without worries over the expected higher tax payments, analysts said Saturday.
A former convict is turning over a new rock with a love of stone carving, the skill that won him the top prize in an annual competition to carve statues of monkeys in Chiayi City.
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A new aerial listening station set up by China in coastal Fujian Province appears to be aimed at disrupting Taiwan's PAVE PAWS early warning radar system, according to a report by Canada-based monthly Kanwa Defense Review.
Robert Wang (王曉岷), U.S. senior official for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), is visiting Taiwan to discuss trade and economic issues of mutual concern with Taiwanese officials, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Saturday in a statement.
Four boats that were conducing illegal fishing around Indonesia have entered Taiwan territorial waters in their attempts to evade capture, said the Indonesian government.
Kinmen county officials explored plans with one of the nation's top research institutions to develop microgrid and power storage systems to deliver green energy and minimize carbon emissions across the outlying island county.
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