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Taiwan's opposition parties on Saturday responded positively to a phone conversation between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, the first publicly reported call between a U.S. president or president-elect and a Taiwanese leader, since 1979.
 
As northeast seasonal winds weaken Saturday, the temperature will rebound but the mercury could dip to as low as 15 degrees Celsius next week in Northern Taiwan, weather expert Wu Der-rong (吳德榮) said on Saturday.
 
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which included for the first time a section on senior military exchanges with Taiwan.
 
Transactions involving residential and commercial properties in Taiwan could fall to a new low in 2016 as buying interest, particularly in northern Taiwan, remains weak, analysts said on Saturday.
 
On the same page
A man reads a book to a child at a three-day "parent-children reading" activity that kicked off on Saturday at a library in Hsinchu City.
 
The 19th Congress of the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies kicked off recently at the Taipei International Convention Center this year.
 
In move certain to enrage Beijing, Trump, Tsai discuss issues including economy, defense
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump have spoken over the phone and discussed issues including economy and defense, the Presidential Office said Saturday.
 
Trump upends US foreign policy with Taiwan call
US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of foreign policy to speak with the president of Taiwan, prompting Beijing Saturday to accuse Taipei of a ploy but saying the move would not affect US-China ties.
 
DPP's bid to pass labor bill thwarted
The ruling party's attempt to push through controversial amendments to the Labor Standards Act in the Legislature Friday was thwarted after fierce resistance from protesters outside the lawmaking body in Taipei.
 
Anti-marriage equality protesters return to streets
Tens of thousands gathered Saturday on Ketagalan Boulevard to rally against the bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
 
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