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April showers bring April flowers
Tung flowers, also known as "April Snow" because of their white blossoms, are in full bloom in this picture taken in Yunlin.
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Beyond VR
Acer presents its Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted display at a product launch in New York, Thursday, April 27. Acer showed how the mixed reality platform produces environments in which physical and digital coexist and interact with one another to enable a new way of harnessing technology. During the New York event, the Taiwan-based PC vendor also introduced its full 2017 back-to-school product lineup.
 
Rise of the machines
An automated onion-harvesting machine is unveiled on a Hengchun Peninsula farm Friday. The area has long been one of the biggest local producers of onion, but the aging of the population and shortage of workers in the area had made developing such machinery a necessity.
 
Cross-border e-commerce transactions will be subject to 5 percent business tax starting May 1, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
 
Metro mementos
The Taipei Metro souvenir shop opens on Friday, April 28. Located near the M3 exit on B1 in Taipei Main Station, the shop offers products featuring Taiwan's tourist spots. From Friday to May 19, visitors who check in at the shop and upload a photo of it on Facebook will receive a postcard with free postage.
 
Tsai says Trump phone call could happen again
President Tsai Ing-wen has said a direct phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump could take place again, in an interview with Reuters news agency published Thursday, nearly five months after the leaders' first call shattered diplomatic precedent.
 
Taiwan hiker survived on salt and water
Freshly rescued Taiwanese hiker Liang Sheng-yu (梁聖岳) said his girlfriend had died just three days before a search party found them on a cliff in the Himalayas.
 
'No removal of national emblem' at Twin Oaks estate
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) insisted Thursday that its representative office in Washington, D.C. had not removed an R.O.C. emblem design from one of its gardens, but rather had simply updated its appearance.
 
The NT$880 billion infrastructure plan shoved through first reading on Wednesday by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be reviewed again next week, the convener who announced the passage said Thursday.
 
Trump snubs Tsai's suggestion for another phone call: report
U.S. President Donald Trump has poured cold water over President Tsai Ing-wen's suggestion there could be a repeat of the two leaders' direct phone call in December.
 
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