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July, 31, 2016

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Temperatures in Taipei reached 38.5 degrees Celsius Thursday for the second day in a row, the first time this year that the capital has seen a temperature reading of over 38 degrees for two consecutive days, the Central Weather Bureau said.
 > Taipei
 
The number of new patent applications filed in Taiwan by domestic and foreign entities in the first half of 2016 fell 2.55 percent year-on-year to 34,494, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said Thursday.
 
Keeping the sun at bay
A charitable bystander, right, helpfully holds an umbrella to shade two women injured in a traffic accident from the scorching sun in Chiayi on Thursday, July 28. Temperatures hit 35.7 degrees Celsius in the southern county on Thursday.
 > Chiayi
 
Keeping in touch
An executive at the touch panel-maker TPK Holding Co. (宸鴻) speaks at the annual shareholder meeting in Taipei on Thursday, July 28.
 
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 12-year prison sentence imposed by a lower court on Kuo Yen-chun, who wounded four passengers in a random knife attack at a Taipei Metro station in July last year.
 
In high spirits
Cheerleaders from Shih Hsin University (世新大學) perform at Taipei Main Station's 125th anniversary celebration at the station's hall on Thursday, July 28.
 
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Thursday that it will hold its annual summer youth camp in Taiwan later this week, featuring exchanges between Taiwanese students and their counterparts from Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.
 
The Indonesian government has proposed to expand a Taiwan-Indonesia cooperation project to develop a remote Indonesian island into a tourist attraction, but Taiwan representatives have continued to urge the former to build better infrastructure, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said on Thursday.
 
A Taiwan farm produce trade fair featuring a wide range of agricultural products such as fruits and tea opened Thursday at a leading supermarket in Singapore.
 
Ko-dependent
Father of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, right, holds baby Ko in this undated photo released on the mayor's Facebook page on Thursday, July 28. Ko used the photo to remind people to "love your family and avoid driving under the influence."
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