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Consumer confidence in Taiwan was haunted by weakness in the local economy in May, sending the country's consumer confidence index (CCI) to its lowest level in more than two years, according to National Central University (NCU).
 
Rise of elite private schools worries educators
Educators expressed concern Friday that the government was not prepared for problems that may arise from the increasing number of high-income families sending their children to private junior and senior high schools.
 
WHA delegation conducted itself in the nation's best interests: health minister
Health Minister Lin Tzuo-yien (林奏延) reported to the Executive Yuan Friday on his delegation's trip to the World Health Assembly (WHA), saying its mission throughout the visit had been to "uphold the nation's interests."
 
Tsai to make formal apology to aborigines
President Tsai Ing-wen is expected to extend a formal apology to indigenous peoples on Indigenous Peoples' Day, Aug. 1, according to a statement by Executive Yuan Secretary-General Chen Mei-ling on Thursday.
 
Quaker Oats on list of tainted oatmeals in FDA inspection
Oatmeal products from major food brand Quaker Oats were found to contain traces of a carcinogenic chemical called glyphosate, according to the results of an inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食藥署).
 
Something to write home about
This photo shows a restored, once dilapidated, century-old house in Kaohsiung City's Ciaotou District (橋頭區), viewed from the street corner. Having transformed a neglected house into a popular meeting point for locals, the city government's restoration project was recognized as the winner of this year's Yuan-Yie Award (園冶獎) for community architecture. Most residents in the neighborhood are either elderly people or toddlers..........
 
Taiwan has signed an agreement with the U.S. state of Nevada to allow citizens from both sides to exchange their home driver's license for a local one, the Foreign Ministry has announced.
 
Taiwan military will decide by the end of July whether to continue to enlist conscripts to serve one compulsory year in the military next year, Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) said on Thursday.
 
Not mentioning Taiwan during Health Minister Lin Tzou-yien's (林奏延) Wednesday address at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva was a cross-ministry decision, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Thursday.
 
Presidential selfie
President Tsai Ing-wen takes a selfie with staff members of the presidential office, Thursday, May 26. Tsai and Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) visited each unit at the presidential office for the first time.
 
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