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February, 20, 2017

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As toll of new workweek rules becomes clear, Tsai's new minister may be ready to adjust course
Industry leaders on Sunday said Tsai Ing-wen had promised to make adjustments to her newly implemented labor bill, after it drew an enormous backlash from business owners.
 
Industries responded overwhelmingly negatively to the new labor law implemented last December, with almost half of the businesses seeking to raise prices, a survey released on Sunday indicated.
 
Two government heads offer to resign
Two top government officials have asked to resign to take responsibility for last week's fatal bus crash, Political Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications Wang Kuo-tsai (王國材) confirmed on Sunday.
 
17 space shuttles, 1 swimming pool
As of the weekend, 140,000 birds have been culled in Taiwan due to the latest outbreak of bird flu. Numbers like these can be painfully abstract, so here they are in more down-to-earth terms:
 
No-kill policy won't tame our strays
"Imagine a reservoir. Water continues to stream in. There's a dam, but now it's totally sealed. That's the situation we're in."
 
Headlines from across Taiwan
Good morning, here are the top stories from around Taiwan for Monday February 20, 2017.
 
Cold front to send mercury down to 12 degrees Thursday
The weather in Taiwan was forecast to warm up Sunday and Monday before turning volatile in the next few days, with a cold front expected to arrive Thursday, bringing temperatures down in coastal areas to as low as 12 degrees Celsius with sporadic rainfall, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
 
Highways, tourism bureau heads resign over bus crash
The heads of the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) and Tourism Bureau turned in their verbal resignations on Sunday, in the aftermath of a deadly bus crash that took 33 lives on Monday.
 
Let's keep talking about marriage equality: Tsai
President Tsai Ing-wen said she felt that marriage equality did not necessarily conflict with family values, a presidential spokesman said after she met with activists from rival camps over gay rights on Saturday.
 
Bus crash victim families demand reparations
Families of the 33 victims in Monday's fatal freeway bus crash have called for the government to grant national compensation to relatives of the deceased.
 
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