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July, 28, 2016

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Set for the quarter-finals
Members of the Chinese Taipei Women's Volleyball Team happily pose after beating their Philippine counterpart in the 2016 Asian Women's U19 Volleyball Championship on Monday, July 25. The Chinese Taipei team will first encounter mainland China's team in the quarter-finals.
 
Long-distance runner Hsu Yu-fang was banned from participating in the Rio Olympics due to her failure to pass a doping test, a Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) official said on Monday.
 
Susan Coppedge, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, will visit Taiwan on Tuesday to boost anti-human trafficking cooperation with Taiwan, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Monday.
 
The U.S. dollar rose against the Taiwan dollar Monday, gaining NT$0.070 to close at NT$32.140 as traders here were encouraged by recent positive economic data in Washington to buy into the U.S. currency, dealers said.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday expressed appreciation to Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare for his country's solid and long-term support of Taiwan in the international community.
 
The Ministry of Economic Affairs (經濟部) announced on Thursday that a delegation will visit Tokyo and Osaka from October 21 to 26 to attract talent from Japan.
 
The government will provide the best possible assistance to the families of the 26 victims in the July 19 tour bus fire, whether it be the investigation into the accident or compensation claims, Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan said Monday.
 
Great Scots!
Scottish rock band Travis pose for a photo in front of the press after arriving at Taipei Songshan Airport (松山機場), Monday, July 25. The band members, from left to right, are Andy Dunlop, Fran Healy, Dougie Payne and Neil Primrose. They have arrived in Taiwan for their live concert scheduled for July 26, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Taipei International Convention Center (台北國際會議中心).
 
The long-term efforts by the Overseas Community Affairs Council to nurture overseas Chinese students and establish contacts with Taiwanese businessmen in Southeast Asia will be a major boost to the country's "New Southbound Policy," an official said Monday.
 
A high school student from Taipei has completed a novel working holiday program in outlying Kinmen County: creating 15 paintings capturing local scenery in exchange for a free two-week stay.
 
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