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KMT blocks premier's first report
The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) surrounded the Legislative Yuan chamber Tuesday, thrice preventing Premier Lin Chuan (林全) from giving what would have been his first report and forcing Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) to call recesses in both the morning and afternoon sessions.
 
KMT hogs Legislature spotlight over pork issue
Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers led hundreds of pig farmers in a protest outside the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday over concerns that the new government may lift the ban on U.S. pork containing ractopamine, a controversial feed additive.
 
52 Taiwan nationals arrested in Turkey on fraud charges: MOFA
Another batch of Taiwanese citizens has been detained overseas on fraud charges, this time in Turkey, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday confirming the arrest of 52 Taiwan nationals.
 
COMPUTEX crucial to industry: Tsai
In her opening address at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2016 yesterday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) affirmed the event's critical role in moving Taiwan's information and communication technology (ICT) industries forward.
 
Taiwan declines in IMD world competitiveness rankings
Taiwan slipped three notches this year to 14th in the global competitiveness rankings, which were released Monday by the International Institute for Management (IMD).
 
Taiwan's manufacturing sector sees a 12 month blue light streak end on recovery
The local manufacturing sector showed signs of a recovery in April, as the index that gauges the climate of the sector flashed a yellow-blue light for the first time in 12 months, the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) said Tuesday.
 
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck off Taiwan's northern coast early Tuesday afternoon was the strongest in the country in 17 years, but it is not expected to be followed by many aftershocks, the Central Weather Bureau said.
 
As electricity demand is expected to peak amid the current heat wave, a summer electricity pricing plan will be implemented starting Wednesday, which is likely to see higher electricity bills for households and businesses.
 
Justice Minister Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) said on Monday that he supports the enactment of a new same-sex companion law instead of revising the Civil Law to legalize same-sex marriage.
 
An emergency alert was sent to mobile phone users during a magnitude-7.2 earthquake that struck off Taiwan's north coast early Tuesday afternoon.
 
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