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Employees protest mass layoffs at airline
At a Wednesday morning protest, V Air employees accused the airline of planning layoffs without proper notification and demanded positions at the airline's parent company, Transasia Airways, after V Air is shut down in October.
 
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Former President Ma Ying-jeou poses for a photo at the summit of Yushan, Taiwan's highest mountain, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in this photo posted on his Facebook page. Ma said in a live Facebook broadcast that traveling to the Yushan summit "has been something I want to go for a long time."
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Vice President Chen Chien-jen is slated visit the Holy See on Sept. 2 to attend the canonization ceremony of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced Wednesday.
 
The Veterans Affairs Council (VAC, 退輔會) agreed to a Defense Ministry proposal to handle pensions for military retirees separately from those of civil servants and public school teachers, Wednesday.
 
The Fair Trade Commission (FTC, 公平會) Wednesday greenlighted Dutch company ASML's purchase of chip-making equipment manufacturer Hermes Microvision Inc. (HMI, 漢微科), saying that the deal would not jeopardize fair market competition.
 
Can you tell what it is yet?
President Tsai Ing-wen bends a flexible display during her visit to the 2016 Touch Taiwan show at Nangang Exhibition Center in Taipei, Wednesday, Aug. 24.
 
National Health Research Institutes (國衛院, NHRI) defended the government's testing methods for measuring exposure to vinyl chloride monomer (VCM, 氯乙烯), following the Executive Yuan's order for elementary school students near the Sixth Naphtha Refinery (六輕石化) in Yunlin to be transferred due to health concerns.
 
The U.S. dollar rose against the New Taiwan dollar Wednesday, gaining NT$0.066 to close at NT$31.772 as traders took cues from the weakness of other regional currencies to push up the U.S. unit, dealers said.
 
New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) hosted a lunch with Shanghai delegation leader Sha Hailin (沙海林) Wednesday in Banqiao, on the heels of an official exchange in Taipei.
 
Taiwan has continued to push for an apology and compensation for Taiwanese "comfort women." The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) renewed calls on Wednesday, after Japan's Cabinet approved a 1-billion-yen fund earlier in the day to assist Korean women forced to work in wartime brothels for the Japanese military.
 
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