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January, 21, 2017

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Vice President Chen Chien-jen and government officials sought to allay concerns Friday as reaction to pension reform details announced the previous day turned sour.
 
Former Kuomintang (KMT) Vice Chairman Steve Chan (詹啟賢) is expected to officially announce a bid for the party's leadership on Tuesday.
 
Amid global uncertainty over the presidency of Donald Trump, a top government official here expressed optimism regarding bilateral relations Friday, noting that many members of Trump's team were friendly toward Taiwan.
 
Caught with cannabis
A large amount of marijuana is seen at a Taichung residence on Friday, Jan. 20. The Aviation Police Bureau announced Friday that they've arrested a 31-year-old man surnamed Liao for growing marijuana using hydroponics at his apartment.
 
Get ready to get your game on
An "Assassin's Creed" cosplayer, left, poses with show girls at the booth of tech company HyperX at the 2017 Taipei Game Show on Friday. Jan. 17. The five-day event began Friday and will runs until Tuesday.
 
A man dressed as the God of Fortune takes part in a parade through Taipei Main Station's underground shopping mall ahead of Lunar New Year on Friday, Jan. 20 to distribute good luck tokens to passersby.
 
Anti-marriage equality protesters wearing masks of foreign leaders such as U.S. President Donald Trump collided with marriage equality supporters during an international human rights event on Friday.
 
Shares in Taiwan closed slightly higher on Friday amid cautious sentiment, with many investors choosing to remain on the sidelines ahead of the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump later in the day, dealers said.
 
Talking up while stocking up
Entertainment legend Chu Ke-liang (豬哥亮), third right, and other cast members in the new comedy film "Hanky Panky" (大釣哥) -- which will be released during the Lunar New Year -- pose on Taipei's Dihua Street to promote the film. The street is a favorite place for folks to stock up for the holiday.
 
Touted as "Uber for the realty sector," the housing-brokerage app Ubee is quickly emerging as a gamechanger for housing agents as the market struggles to overcome lingering sluggishness.
 
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