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Workers and employers across Taiwan are facing confusion over whether five national holidays that were canceled by the previous government have been reinstated as promised by the new one.
 
Taiwan ranks 32nd on a health-related index that assesses 188 countries and territories around the world, with Iceland topping the list, according to research recently published by medical journal The Lancet.
 
The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC, 金管會), the country's top financial regulator, said Friday that it had instructed First Financial Holding Co. (第一金) to ensure transaction security, in a bid to protect clients and investors after the company's securities and banking units reported attacks by hackers on their online transaction systems earlier this week.
 
Taiwan Water Corporation (TWC, 台灣自來水公司) released its latest quarterly drinking water report, forecasting "drier-than-normal" water supply conditions islandwide.
 
Two suspects were arrested earlier this month after they made a fortune selling popular concert tickets that their customers never received, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) has announced.
 
Tsai vows 20% rise in SE, S Asian students
President Tsai Ing-wen outlined expectations to see the number of South and Southeast Asian students in Taiwan reach around 60,000 by 2019, as she discussed her "New Southbound Policy" with scholars and foreign representatives on Thursday.
 
Trend Micro Inc., a leading global software security company, said that ransomware attacks have been escalating in Taiwan, registering 2 million over the past six months.
 
First Securities (第一金證券) was blackmailed on Thursday by hackers who threatened to completely disable its trading system with DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks.
 
Two months after supporting the idea of giving workers days off when typhoons hit, Labor Minister Kuo Fong-yu (郭芳煜) said Thursday that no other "major countries" give storm holidays, stating that writing them into labor law required further evaluation.
 
Indignation after rape survivor's apology
Months after an alleged sexual assault cover-up at Fu Jen Catholic University was made public, the assault survivor took to Facebook to publicly apologize to the faculty's dean and those involved, provoking public outrage on Thursday.
 
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