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August, 30, 2016

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Discord in Penghu
A spray-painted vehicle owned by Trees Party Chairman Sheng yi-che (冼義哲) is shown in the photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 28. The markings convey death threat to Sheng's family.
 
A soldier of the Army Aviation and Special Forces was reportedly found dead Sunday after falling from a hotel building, sparking speculation that the private committed suicide after his application for early withdrawal was purposely delayed by the military.
 
The Taiwan Stock Exchange has set a goal to boost electronic order placing to 70 percent of the total value of equity orders placed in Taiwan in four years.
 
Under the influence of northeasterly winds, temperatures in northern Taiwan are expected to plummet from Sunday to Tuesday, while many areas of the country may see heavy rainfall, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Sunday.
 
Taipei-based EVA Airways, one of Taiwan's largest airlines, has been rated as the third most-loved airline in the world, following Garuda Indonesia and Asiana Airlines, according to a Skytrax ranking of the Most Loved Airlines.
 
'Golden' mailbox becomes unlikely tourist attraction
A "golden" mailbox in front of the Jinguashi post office of New Taipei City has become an attraction to many visitors, including foreign tourists who flock to Taiwan's northeastern coastal area to see the scenic area, according to post office officials.
 
'Traffic mirror Buddha' polishes his way to transportation award
A 74-year-old man has been volunteering his time cleaning traffic mirrors in and near Taipei and has cleaned mirrors 82,000 times in the past five years -- earning him the nickname "traffic mirror Buddha" and soon, a special award.
 
Tsai meets likely Judicial Yuan pick
President Tsai Ing-wen met Saturday with the former grand justice she is expected to nominate to head the Judicial Yuan, according to reports, with a public announcement of the nomination expected Thursday.
 
Health Minister Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延) upheld Saturday a decision by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to impose a NT$1 million (US$31,900) fine on National Defense University for discriminating against an HIV-positive student in 2013.
 
The growth in the number of convenience stores in Taiwan fell to a new low in six years in 2015, indicating that the local market has been saturated after years of fast development, according to the Fair Trade Commission (FTC).
 
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