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May, 31, 2016

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Jobless man charged after breaking into Presidential Office with knife: police
A man who attempted to break into the Presidential Office with a fruit knife Sunday has been taken to prosecutors on charges of theft and violation of the Social Order Maintenance Act after police questioning.
 
Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) is set to give a report during a legislative session May 30 on the ministry's plan to establish a mechanism to promote reciprocal exchanges between higher education institutions in Taiwan and their counterparts in Southeast Asia.
 
The temperatures detected in seven weather stations around Taiwan Sunday set new highs for the year due to southwesterly winds and a strong high pressure system over the Pacific Ocean, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.
 
A total of 213,093 babies were born in Taiwan in 2015, an increase of 0.8 percent from the previous year, according to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior.
 
A Taiwanese couple in the southern city of Kaohsiung had tested negative for the mosquito-borne Zika virus during an initial examination, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday, adding that a further test is needed to confirm whether they are infected.
 
Transportation officials are preparing to work with police in the country's six municipalities in June to step up their crackdown on Uber, a ride-sharing service provider that has become popular in Taiwan although it remains illegal.
 
The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) announced Friday an overhaul of its timetable in conjunction with the inauguration of its Nangang station July 1.
 
Formosa Petrochemical Corp. said Saturday that it has decided to lower its diesel prices but leave gasoline prices unchanged for this week.
 
Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung (李世光) reiterated Friday that it remains the government's goal to phase out nuclear power by 2025, despite a plan that would extend the service of the country's first nuclear power plant.
 
Ma Ying-jeou, who stepped down as president just over a week ago, on Saturday dismissed an online rumor that he has decided to give up his retirement benefits.
 
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