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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reiterated Taiwan's stance of not accepting a recent ruling on the South China Sea in an interview with the Washington Post, calling for a peaceful resolution of the disputes.
 
The budget for an episode of an average local TV drama is rarely more than NT$3 million (US$93,748), about 12.5 percent that of the South Korean TV drama "Descendants of the Sun," the Public Television Service (PTS) board of directors has said.
 
Bus service on less popular routes in Northern Taiwan could be reduced starting in August due to a new labor directive that prevents employees from working more than six days in a row without a day off, bus operators announced Friday.
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The Labor Ministry said Friday it will introduce a heat index beginning on Aug. 1 so the general public and especially blue collar workers can adjust their outdoor activities based on conditions outside.
 
A humanoid robot developed by Japanese tech company Softbank will soon become the first of its kind to work in the public sector in Taiwan when it joins the Pingtung County government's workforce later this year.
 
Tsai's interview answer is first public refusal to accept '1992 Consensus': Chinese media
Mainland Chinese media on Friday said President Tsai Ing-wen's response in an interview with The Washington Post was the first time she had "officially refused to accept the '1992 Consensus.'"
 
Turkey is as safe as any country in the West: envoy
Turkey is just as safe as any Western country despite a recent failed military coup, the country's top envoy to Taiwan said Friday.
 
Unemployment rises with entry of new graduates
Due to new graduates entering the workforce, the unemployment rate in June rose 0.08 percentage points to 3.92 percent, according to a government census report.
 
Mainland China 'unhappy' with tourist safety in Taiwan: official
Mainland China is "extremely dissatisfied" with Taiwan's safety measures for visiting mainland tourists, an official said Thursday, following the death of 26 people in a tour bus fire in Taoyuan.
 
A local administrative court on Thursday partially reversed a Taipei City Government work halt order on the beleaguered Taipei Dome (台北大巨蛋) project as a means of reducing the risk of structural collapse.
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