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May, 6, 2016

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Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) spokesman Jeff Yang (楊家駿) confirmed Thursday that the issue of Taiwan's possible participation in the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) had been brought up in regular ministerial negotiations with mainland China and that the cross-strait communications "hotline" would be employed if deemed necessary.
 
The Holy See is sending its top envoy to Japan to lead a delegation to President-elect Tsai Ing-wen's upcoming inauguration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on Thursday.
 
A Taiwanese fishing boat and its crew, which had been detained by the Japanese coast guard last week in a disputed area of the Pacific Ocean, returned to Pingtung County Thursday, and Premier Simon Chang vowed to seek justice for the fishermen.
 
An endangered Siberian crane that got lost and accidentally migrated to a Northern Taiwan wetland in December 2014 was seen on a riverbank in Northern Taiwan Thursday, a day after it was hoped it might be on its way back home, birdwatchers said that day.
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The consumer price index (CPI) was up 0.34 percent in April compared with the previous month and showed a rise of 1.88 percent year-on-year, according to government figures released Thursday.
 
A major computer glitch disrupted the information system for several hours Thursday at National Taiwan University Hospital, one of the most prestigious in Taiwan, affecting thousands of outpatients, the hospital said.
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The Cabinet passed amendments to the Veterinary Drugs Control Act, which will allow owners to bring medicines from abroad for their pets, during a weekly meeting Thursday.
 
The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) recently announced that it has busted an international counterfeit bank card ring in connection with bank card fraud in Taiwan.
 
The U.S. dollar rose against the New Taiwan dollar Thursday, gaining NT$0.021 to close at NT$32.377, in the wake of the weakness of other regional currencies amid concerns over the regional economy, dealers said.
 
Taiwan-based smartphone brand HTC Corp. (宏達電) said Thursday that it has set up a company in preparation for development of new technology.
 
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