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Taroko Park expects to draw 12 mil. visitors
Taroko Park (大魯閣草衙道), which combines recreation, shopping, restaurants and sports facilities all at one venue, will hold its grand opening on May 9 in the southern city of Kaohsiung, expecting to attract up to 12 million visitors in its first year of operation.
 
Taiwan won't back down on fishing rights: Ma
President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that Taiwan would not back down on the current standoff with Japan on fishing rights in the open waters surrounding the Okinotori atoll, the area in which Japanese vessels seized a Taiwanese fishing boat and its captain late last month.
 
Changhua police scooters seen pictured in Iraq mainly 'waste'
A photo of a policeman riding a scooter in the war-torn Iraqi city of Ramadi has drawn media attention in Taiwan, after the vehicle was found to be from the Changhua County police department.
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed on Friday evening that the World Health Organization (WHO) has sent a long-anticipated official invitation to Taiwan to attend the year's annual session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer under the title of "Chinese Taipei."
 
Taiwan's Kwang Yang Motor Co. said Friday foreigners interested in its products can buy from its overseas distributors, after a scrap motorcycle from the company was photographed running on the streets of Iraq.
 
Weather around Taiwan through next Tuesday is likely to stay sunny to cloudy for the first half of the day with thunder showers in the afternoon, the Central Weather Bureau said Friday.
 
Some 36,000 metric tons of expired food is generated by Taiwan's 112,130 hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants every year and much of it is thrown out, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday.
 
People around Taiwan were advised to take precautions due to scorching sunlight Friday, while the air quality monitoring network operated by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) detected dangerously high ultraviolet (UV) levels throughout the island.
 
Processed food giant Uni-President Enterprises Corp. (統一企業) cashed in on its pledge to donate NT$30 million to set up a food safety fund on Friday, after Health Minister Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌) revealed earlier this week its failure to do so.
 
Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said Friday its electricity reserve margin during peak hours hit a new low this year as a result of maintenance at some of its plants.
 
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