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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Ministry of National Defense (MND, 國防部) announced yesterday that Defense Minister Yen Ming's (嚴明) official resignation has been approved.
Taiwan -- Ma approves defense head's resignation
Taiwan -- I should say thanks even if I don't like gift: Mayor Ko
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday admitted to making an improper remark about a gift from the United Kingdom's Minister of State for Transport Baroness Kramer the day before.
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Taipei City Department of Transportation Commissioner Chung Hui-yu (鍾慧諭) held a press conference yesterday afternoon to reveal the latest updates on the new charging policy for the YouBike system's first 30 minutes of use.
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The visiting UK transport minister yesterday said she is not offended by a remark made by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who said Monday that he might give away a gift the minister sent to him to a scrap metal dealer.
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The National Space Organization (NSPO, 國家實驗研究院國家太空中心) announced yesterday that it will launch a satellite for the study of the ionosphere and earthquake prediction early next year with the help of the U.S.
Taiwan -- National Space Organization to launch satellite to help predict earthquakes
In 2007, Taiwan's Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) and fellow Taiwanese Chuang Chia-jung (莊佳蓉) were set to win every women's doubles tournament they entered and reached the finals of the Australian Open and U.S. Open.
A R.O.C. delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Simon Ko (柯森耀) visited Saudi Arabia last week to express the government's condolences over the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be discussing its nominations and party primaries for the upcoming presidential elections in 2016 today, amid rumors that party central is attempting to weed out “other competitors” by completing the registration before Chinese New Year.
Senior officials from Taichung, Changhua and Nantou convened in Taichung yesterday for the first time in an inter-party meeting, aiming to discuss safety concerns and promote cross-county collaboration in handling the recent H5 bird flu epidemic. The two magistrates and one mayor also announced a plan for a joint tourism market strategy between the three local governments.
Another 19 poultry farms in Taiwan have been confirmed infected with avian influenza, bringing the total to 487 farms across the island, quarantine authorities said Tuesday.
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