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Director of the Kuomintang's (KMT) Central Policy Committee (CPC), Alex Tsai (蔡正元), voiced support on Sunday to appeal a prison sentence against Tainan City Council Speaker Lee Chuan-chiao (李全教).
 
Animal abuse offenders could face tougher punishments, after nearly thirty advocate groups announced plans to send their animal protection reform bill to the legislature by the end of April, according to the Association of Taiwan Tree-huggers (台灣樹人會) as reported by the Central News Agency.
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Former National Police Agency (NPA, 警政署) director general Yen Shih-hsi (顏世錫) will be honored with a posthumous commendation issued by the Presidential Office on Tuesday, according to a Sunday NPA press release. Yen passed away on April 18 from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 86.
 
A new law governing the use of Taiwan's farmland will take effect next month to better protect farmland from being exploited, according to the Council of Agriculture (COA).
 
Taoyuan International Airport Corp. (TIAC) is suspending plans to build a fourth terminal at the airport after feeling that too many projects are already underway and any that more construction would spoil the airport experience for travelers.
 
The world posted record high temperatures in March for an 11th straight month, an American scientific agency said last week, but a former Taiwanese forecaster said it is still unclear if summer in Taiwan will be hotter than normal this year.
 
Cross-party anger over media response to Ma slip
Presidential office spokesman Charles Chen on Saturday raised criticism of certain media outlets for publishing online a photo that seemingly reveals part of President Ma Ying-jeou's privates, urging the media to exercise self-discipline and not to intentionally challenge the law.
 
Taiwan, China experts collaborate to publish dictionary of Chinese lexicons
A comprehensive dictionary of Chinese words used on both sides of the Taiwan Strait was published, much to the delight of President Ma Ying-jeou.
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The probability of the 45 Taiwanese telecom fraud suspects detained in China returning home in the near future is not high, but the government will do its best to ensure that their rights are protected, Premier Simon Chang said Saturday.
 
The number of imported dengue fever cases has reached 89 this year, setting a new high during the same period in the past few years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday, urging the public to be on guard against the mosquito-borne disease.
 
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