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May, 27, 2016

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Taiwan's delegation leader to the World Health Assembly (WHA) reported shaking hands with mainland China's representative Tuesday in Geneva, calling the gesture one of "mutual friendliness."
 
Banks in Taiwan averaged 0.6 percent in return on assets (ROA), to claim the second lowest ranking in Asia, trailed only by Japan, Taiwan Ratings (中華信用評等) reported on Tuesday.
 
The Taichung City Government has rolled out a project to diversify land-use and revitalize idle government-owned lands used for traditional market stalls, the Central News Agency reported on Tuesday.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) named the National Security Council (NSC, 國安會) and the Executive Yuan as candidates to lead the nation's efforts in strengthening cybersecurity on Tuesday, while meeting with a U.S. delegation.
 
Bravo for Bravia!
A model presents a TV set in Sony's Bravia in Taipei, Tuesday, May 24. Sony said its latest TVs in the Bravia line may be available in Taiwan as early as June. The sleek flat-panels are Android TV systems that debut a grid-array backlighting system called Slim Backlight Drive.
 
The Ministry of Labor on Tuesday announced that it would raise the minimum hourly wage from NT$120 to NT$126 as early as July.
 
After a brief spell of rainy, overcast weather, much of Taiwan will see sun on Wednesday, and temperatures could rise as high as 34 degrees Celsius in Western Taiwan over the weekend, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Tuesday.
 
Taiwan's food and beverage sector posted a record for quarterly sales in the first quarter despite a weak economy, backed by the launch of new restaurant brands and a growing focus on leisure, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said.
 
Model travelers
Models pose at a press conference ahead of a travel fair in Greater Taichung, Tuesday, May 24. Over 283 vendors at 400 booths will offer travel deals at a fair organized by the Taichung County Travel Agency Association (台中市旅行公會). The event runs from May 27 to May 30 at the Greater Taichung International Expo Center.
 
Having a ball!
A playground at a revamped bus station in Yilan is shown in the photo taken on Tuesday, May 24. The county government made used of many cartoon-styled designs, including a slide in the shape of a pink elephant and a giraffe-shaped tower that stands 12 meters high.
 
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