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KMT chairwoman apologizes to staff over unpaid wages
Kuomintang (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu held back tears while apologizing to party workers for being unable to pay their September salaries, according to a Saturday newspaper report.
 
Relay run around Taiwan gets off the mark
"Home Run Taiwan," a 1,000km, nine-day relay run around Taiwan organized by the CTBC Financial Holding Co. set off on its first leg from Taipei Saturday.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen said Saturday that she will call a policy coordination meeting every week starting Oct. 3 in the hope of making her administration's policymaking process more efficient and comprehensive.
 
The new director-general of Taiwan's Tourism Bureau has confidence that he will push the number of Japanese visitors to Taiwan above 2 million over the next year instead of two years has his superior had hoped.
 
Several new policies came into force in Taiwan Saturday, including a hike in the minimum hourly wage and a new labor rule forbidding employers from making workers stay on the job for more than six days in a row.
 
The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) has warned the public to stay vigilant after a spate of frauds involving ATMs.
 
KMT petitions for court injunction to thaw frozen assets
The Kuomintang (KMT) said Friday that it had requested a court injunction against the Cabinet-level Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee (IGPASC, 不當黨產處理委員會) to challenge the agency's decision to freeze party accounts on Sept. 21.
 
Benzene found in cooking oil: CF
The Consumers' Foundation (CF, 消基會) said Friday that cooking oil produced by Standard Foods Corporation (佳格食品) contained benzene, which is known to cause cancer.
 
Last ever V Air round-trip service takes off
V Air, a subsidiary of Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways, began its last round-trip service Friday evening ahead of its closure the following day.
 
Several lectures scheduled to be given by this year's Tang Prize laureates had to be canceled this week because of Typhoon Megi, which hit Taiwan on Tuesday.
 
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