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It's been a busy start to the year for the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).
 
Taiwan has become a haven for fraud perpetrators, with a few such alleged criminals -- who are accused of conning hundreds of millions of New Taiwan dollars from victims -- being held up in court as prosecutors prioritize human rights over punishments. Recently, media outlets have reported that some fraud suspects absconded from a court bail.........
 
The prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Public Service this year was awarded to a team of journalists from the Associated Press for their extensive investigation revealing slave labor practices in the seafood trade, the product of which eventually reaches the plates of U.S.
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The recent controversial deportation of 45 R.O.C. citizens involved in telecommunications fraud from Kenya to China has sparked public anger in Taiwan over Beijing's unilateral decision, despite Taipei's objections.
 
The forcible deportation of Taiwanese suspects involved in the Kenya cross-border telecom fraud case to Beijing for judicial prosecution has sparked much anger from the public and has caused many to interpret the incident from legal and political angles.
 
The Kuomintang (KMT) officially moves into the Hung Hsiu-chu era Wednesday, as the party's first female leader steps up to the plate in hopes of righting the course of an organization largely bankrupt in the eyes of many, including its own supporters.
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President-elect Tsai Ing-wen's invitation from its Panamanian diplomatic ally to witness the inauguration of its expanded canal is drawing local media attention as Chinese leader Xi Jinping has also been invited to the same event.
 
The moment has finally arrived: the highly anticipated "first move" from China toward President-elect Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) total victory in national elections. As cross-strait policy experts have reasoned before Tsai was elected, Beijing has multiple instruments at its disposal to signal its disapproval of cross-strait policy. Such signals have been anticipated now for months, including the monitoring of the number of Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan, and analyses of cross-strait trade potential post-inauguration.
 
People First Party Chairman James Soong started cashing in on his political capital on Wednesday, meeting President-elect Tsai Ing-wen for the first time and placing him at least temporarily back in the spotlight over potential job vacancies for the up and coming DPP administration.
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On Thursday, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) released a report that indicated that major portions of the island could be hit by strong earthquakes, including the areas of Miaoli, Taichung, Changhua, Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan, as well as Taitung and Hualien in the east. Taipei's densely populated urban areas such as Datong, Wanhua and Zhongzheng could also suffer heavily in a shallow tremor due to a prevalence of older buildings in the area.
 
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