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The "Paris Agreement," which has attracted global attention and concerns the fate of mankind, has been open for signatures from Earth Day, April 22. Following the agreement Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE) (台灣永續能源研究基金會) conducted a public opinion poll, releasing its "2016 Survey on Taiwanese People's Attitudes toward Climate Change and Energy" results, according to a press release from the TAISE.
 
A presidential gift
Pictured here is a commemorative package from Kaoliang Liquor for the 14th inauguration of the president and vice president of the Republic of China (Taiwan), jointly launched by the Democratic Progressive Party and Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corp.
 
Chiang Kai-shek's beleaguered hall
The Legislative Yuan hosted a public hearing this morning on the fate of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, which has gone from a hallowed monument to an exhibition center as its namesake's legacy has become increasingly disputed.
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Lawmakers ask Tsai to uphold ban on US pork
A legislative committee passed a motion on Monday to ask the incoming central government to maintain Taiwan's ban on U.S. pork containing leanness enhancers.
 
Taiwan sends military vessel, patrol boats to disputed waters
A military vessel is sailing for waters near a Japan-controlled atoll in the western Pacific, keeping a distance from two patrol boats that departed from Kaohsiung on Sunday to protect Taiwanese fishing boats operating there.
 
Stricter punishments enacted for civil servants
Civil servants may see their retirement pension funds canceled or permanently lose their authorization to serve as government employees if they are punished for committing serious wrongdoings in the course of their duties, according to revisions to the Public Functionaries Discipline Act (公務員懲戒法), effective Monday.
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Taxi drivers line up to protest new meters, which they claim can be easily hacked
About 100 drivers lined up their taxis outside the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA, 經濟部) on Monday, May 2, to protest newly licensed meters that they claimed could be hacked.
 
Prosecutors on Monday indicted former Legislative Yuan Secretary General Lin Hsi-shan (林錫山) and twelve others in a corruption case over computer procurement in which Lin pocketed NT$39.5 million (US$1.225 million) in illegal kickbacks.
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Head of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW, 衛福部), Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌), said on Monday that if Taiwan fails to receive an invitation to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer constituent, it might participate in sideline activities at the annual conference, as it did prior to 2009.
 
A man convicted of murder and jailed for the past 14 years now has a chance to clear his name, as the Taichung Branch of the Taiwan High Court on Monday granted a retrial and a halt to punishments in the case of Cheng Hsing-tse (鄭性澤).
 
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