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August, 25, 2016

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Defense drill held at Hsuehshan Tunnel
Taiwan military on Wednesday closed for the first time a main artery connecting the Greater Taipei area with northeastern Yilan County, to test the armed forces' ability to defend the capital city from Chinese invasion.
 
An appeals court on Wednesday awarded a group of plaintiffs NT$3.94 million over a plasticizer-tainted food scandal dating back to 2011.
 
A local travel agency catering to mainland Chinese tourists closed without notice Wednesday -- the first of such firms to go under since the new government took office.
 
No reply from China to city forum invite
None of the five Chinese cities invited to an international forum organized by Kaohsiung have provided a response on whether they will attend the event, the city's Deputy Mayor Hsu Li-ming said Wednesday.
 
Breeze Center to hold 'Samba Cruise' closed-door party
The Breeze Center department store chain will hold a closed-door party at its Xinyi branch in Taipei Friday, a late summer sales promotion targeting its top-end clientele.
 
Employees protest mass layoffs at airline
At a Wednesday morning protest, V Air employees accused the airline of planning layoffs without proper notification and demanded positions at the airline's parent company, Transasia Airways, after V Air is shut down in October.
 
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Former President Ma Ying-jeou poses for a photo at the summit of Yushan, Taiwan's highest mountain, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in this photo posted on his Facebook page. Ma said in a live Facebook broadcast that traveling to the Yushan summit "has been something I want to go for a long time."
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Vice President Chen Chien-jen is slated visit the Holy See on Sept. 2 to attend the canonization ceremony of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced Wednesday.
 
The Veterans Affairs Council (VAC, 退輔會) agreed to a Defense Ministry proposal to handle pensions for military retirees separately from those of civil servants and public school teachers, Wednesday.
 
The Fair Trade Commission (FTC, 公平會) Wednesday greenlighted Dutch company ASML's purchase of chip-making equipment manufacturer Hermes Microvision Inc. (HMI, 漢微科), saying that the deal would not jeopardize fair market competition.
 
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