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A photo posted on Facebook showed toppled scooters on a roadside in Kaohsiung City, their owners clad in raincoats as they waited to pick up their children after school. Some parents, gripping their children, resorted to hugging a tree trunk as strong winds threatened to blow them away,.....
 
Over the weekend, leaders or deputies from eight local Taiwanese governments met with Chinese officials in Beijing to discuss possible avenues for cooperation to boost tourism. The meeting comes at a delicate moment for the Tsai administration, which is weathering pressure from local tourism groups that blame the government's cross-strait policy for pushing down the number of Chinese visitors to the island.
 
Saturday represents what is perhaps the Tsai administration's most significant challenge since taking office in March, in the form of a massive demonstration planned by retired civil servants, teachers and veterans.
 
Ever since Franklin D. Roosevelt led a concerted and unprecedented national effort to lift the United States out of the Great Depression, the first hundred days of any presidency has become a benchmark against which to measure a leader's power and influence.
 
The appointment of Audrey Tang (唐鳳), a self-styled "civic hacker" involved in several online projects on public participation in policy discussions, as a minister without portfolio was seen as a "bold" attempt by the Cabinet to move the government's policy on the digital economy forward.
 
The virtual reality (VR) products market just got a new entrant after Sony Corp. began pre-orders for its latest PlayStation (PS) VR headset Saturday.
 
Two months into President Tsai Ing-wen's first term as president after a landslide electoral victory, the U.S.-based Washington Post published an edited online excerpt of an interview with her on July 21, yet rather than clarifying the situation...
 
The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague is set to rule on the contentious South China Sea issue Tuesday, a decision which is certain to have serious implications in one of the world's busiest waterways.
 
Boxed in: Taiwan's workforce faces overwhelming obstacles
A trending topic in Taiwan in the past few weeks has been labor issues, from the striking flight attendants of national carrier China Airlines, to the recent government kerfuffle over how to implement the fabled 40-hour week for a workforce generally accustomed to long hours.
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The uptick of random killings in Taiwan, including several gruesome slayings of toddlers, have resulted in public outcry, not just for the crimes themselves, but the resulting judicial process following the apprehension of the criminals. This includes an oft-heard saying: "One won't be put to death in Taiwan for committing murder." Public discontent toward the judicial system grows ever-more fervent, leading in some cases to the removal of certain judges deemed unfit by their lack of professionalism.
 
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