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Heating up
A child is sprayed by water at a riverside park in Taipei on Thursday, July 28. Data from the Central Weather Bureau showed that temperatures in the Greater Taipei Area reached 38.3 degrees Celsius at 11:29 a.m. on Thursday.
 
Kenting National Park sees worst coral bleaching in 17 years
Coral reefs in waters around southern Taiwan's Kenting area have been hit by the worst bleaching in 17 years, as sea temperatures continue to exceed 30 degrees Celsius, the Kenting National Park Headquarters said Thursday.
 
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 12-year prison sentence imposed by a lower court on Kuo Yen-chun, who wounded four passengers in a random knife attack at a Taipei Metro station in July last year.
 
In high spirits
Cheerleaders from Shih Hsin University (世新大學) perform at Taipei Main Station's 125th anniversary celebration at the station's hall on Thursday, July 28.
 
The government reiterated its resolve to improve tourism safety Thursday, as the latest figures show a 15-percent decrease in the number of mainland tourists visiting Taiwan compared to a year ago.
 
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) will move its headquarters from Taipei Main Station in four years, leaving the station dedicated to commercial use, TRA Deputy Director-General Chung Ching-da said Thursday.
 
The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) recently warned of a dating application fraud scheme that has already scammed over NT$2 million from at least one Taiwanese victim.
 
'It's not my job to pander,' Tsai tells business group
President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday defended the government's handling of controversial labor issues, telling business leaders that her administration was seeking the best outcomes for both employers and workers.
 
Speaker halts KMT-led voting session
A marathon special legislative voting session was halted Wednesday to open the way for bipartisan negotiations on state-owned business budget proposals, amid reports that a parliament staffer fainted.
 
Travelers could face 'transport crunch' in Sept.: union leaders
Conductors of the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA, 台鐵) said Tuesday that cuts in services may occur over the busy Mid-Autumn Festival holiday weekend if labor disputes with management are not resolved.
 
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