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Legislators were markedly more abrasive toward Academia Sinica President Wong Chi-huei (翁啟惠) on Wednesday as he avoided mounting calls for him to step down following his indictment in the recent OBI Pharma (台灣浩鼎) case -- Legislators eventually passed a motion calling for his immediate resignation.
 
President Ma Ying-jeou called for immediate action Wednesday to safeguard the nation's fishing operations in the open sea after Japan seized a Taiwanese fishing vessel and detained its captain off the Okinotori atoll (Okinotorishima) earlier this week.
 
The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Wednesday that it will step up efforts to protect Taiwanese fishermen's fishing rights in international waters, in response to the seizure of a Taiwanese fishing boat by the Japanese authorities near the disputed Okinotorishima reef in the Pacific earlier in the week.
 
The Taipei City Labor Bureau said yesterday that it still needs to verify rumors that appeared on the internet stating that the well-known C.S.J. Yoga Center (邱素貞瑜伽天地) was in financial straits and was forced to stop operating.
 
Facing a call for relaxation of the law that bars married underage children of naturalized people from the list of those allowed to apply for naturalization, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) has said it would be inappropriate to lift such a ban in haste.
 
An elderly man fell to his death from the seventh floor of a building in Nantou County, hitting and killing a woman, according to the county's fire department.
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The 2016 Contemporary Hakka Arts Exhibition will kick off at Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall on April 30, showcasing the creativity of Hakka artists.
 
A Chinese intelligence agent was sentenced to a four-year prison term under charges of violating the National Security Act (國家安全法) after the High Court on Wednesday upheld a ruling previously imposed by the lower court.
 
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) pledged Wednesday that her administration will promote ties with mainland China based on democratic principles and on Taiwanese public opinion.
 
The Taipei District Court (台北地院) ruled yesterday that the Ministry of Finance had broken no laws in a boardroom upset that gave it control of Chang Hwa Bank (彰化銀行) in 2014.
 
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