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July, 29, 2016

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'Not my job to pander': Tsai to business group
President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday defended the government's handling of recent labor issues, telling representatives of an industry group that her administration was seeking the best outcomes for both employers and workers.
 
A Taipei City bus driver who found a bag of cash containing NT$1.9 million (US$59,491), which was left behind by a female passenger, may get to keep the money if it is not claimed within 6 months, police said Thursday.
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Heating up
A child is sprayed by water at a riverside park in Taipei on Thursday, July 28. Data from the Central Weather Bureau showed that temperatures in the Greater Taipei Area reached 38.3 degrees Celsius at 11:29 a.m. on Thursday.
 
Kenting National Park sees worst coral bleaching in 17 years
Coral reefs in waters around southern Taiwan's Kenting area have been hit by the worst bleaching in 17 years, as sea temperatures continue to exceed 30 degrees Celsius, the Kenting National Park Headquarters said Thursday.
 
Fishermen's voice will be heard: MOFA
The opinions of Taiwanese fishermen will be heard in the upcoming first-ever meeting of a Taiwan-Japan maritime affairs dialogue, even though the fishermen will not be invited to the talks, a government official said on Thursday.
 
CTBC Bank opens branch in Xiamen pilot FTZ
CTBC Bank (中國信託銀行) became the first Taiwan-based bank to establish a branch in the China (Fujian) Pilot Free Trade Zone (中國(福建)自由貿易試驗區) with the opening of its Xiamen branch on Thursday, July 28.
 
Statue of Ming Dynasty loyalist vandalized before Tsai apology
A statute of Cheng Cheng-kung (鄭成功) was vandalized Thursday in Tainan by protesters demanding more concrete actions by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) as she prepares to apologize publicly to the nation's indigenous peoples.
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Despite a flurry of frustration on social media, the record-breaking video game that has become a global phenomenon has yet to make its way to Taiwan, and the reason may just be one guy and his patent lawsuit.
 
The bottom line
Models line up at the Taipei eSports Festival, which took place alongside the Taipei Computer Application Show (TCAS), Thursday, July 28, the opening day of the TCAS. The TCAS will run from July 28 to Aug. 1 at the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1.
 
Lawmakers across the political spectrum will vote on budget proposals for state-owned enterprises today, following a protracted debate.
 
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