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Military tests new recruits for drugs after amphetamines found on base
The military is now conducting urine tests on new recruits to make sure they are not using illicit drugs, the Defense Ministry said on Friday.
 
'Pokemon Go' features Pikachu in a party hat for Pokemon Day
Game app "Pokemon Go" is releasing a limited edition Pikachu wearing festive party hats on Feb. 27.
 
Heavy rain alerts issued for northern Taiwan
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued heavy rain alerts for several areas in northern Taiwan on Saturday, predicting cold and wet weather for the northern part of the country that day as a strong cold air mass from China continues its grip on Taiwan.
 
Freeway Toll Collectors Self-Help Organization and Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union members braved the rain to hold a mass protest Friday afternoon, demanding that the government abide by the no-free-riding union clause.
 
More and more Taiwanese have participated in pedestrian road races in recent years, but more than 50 percent of these races do not follow the law when it comes to issuing refunds, the Consumers' Foundation said Friday.
 
Drought defense
A C-130 Hercules military aircraft assists in a rain-making project in Northern Taiwan on Friday, Feb. 24. The Water Resources Agency has issued water shortage alerts in the past few days, while announcing water restrictions in several areas in New Taipei City starting March 1. Seeking to take advantage of the cold front, the government conducted a cloud seeding operation to produce rain. The Air Force joined the project on Friday, deploying military aircraft from Southern Taiwan to the north, where the water shortage is more severe.
 
The Taiwan High Court on Friday ruled against the family of former President Lee Teng-hui in a boundary dispute case, in which they stand accused of illegally occupying neighboring land.
 
A former legislator Friday announced her bid to run for the chairmanship of the main opposition Kuomintang, becoming the sixth contender in the upcoming election.
 
President Chain Store Corp., which runs the 7-Eleven convenience stores in Taiwan, on Friday announced NT$9.837 billion in net profit for 2016, up 19.39 percent year on year. Net earnings per share came to NT$9.46, a record high for the company.
 
Damp weekend ahead
Pedestrians brave the rain on the streets of Taipei, Friday, Feb. 24. The Central Weather Bureau forecasts that the cold and wet weather will linger in Northern Taiwan for nearly the entire four-day holiday, with lows of 10 to 11 degrees Celsius.
 
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