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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.
 
Newly elected Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) refused to bow his head to the portrait of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China (R.O.C.), on Tuesday when Kuomintang (KMT) legislators invited him to do so in the Legislative Yuan.
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Le Cordon Bleu and Taiwan's National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT) have been trying to set up a branch of the famous French cooking school in Taiwan since 2011. However, due to protectionism sentiment and bureaucracy on the island, the French chefs cannot show Taiwanese students how to cook and instead can only teach the French language in their classes.
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The future of family-run Evergreen Group seems to have taken the tried and true course of the family feud -- the unilateral announcement on Thursday by Chang Kuo-wei (hereafter CKW) that he would inherit father Chang Yung-fa's fortune in its entirety is likely to be fought by other pretenders of the massive corporation.
 
Cross-party negotiations at the Legislative Yuan were made open to the press early this month with footage rolling, camera teams jockeying for position and lawmakers seated around neatly arranged tables. Say cheese and smile for the cameras!
 
The deadly earthquake that hit Tainan early Saturday morning came at the worst possible time with the Chinese New Year holiday just beginning; however, the general public has reacted to the tragedy with calm.
 
In an ideal democracy, the weak, the disenfranchised, the political opposition and even the despised are ensured by law to enjoy basic human rights.
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Sanders vows to break up big banks, but expect challenges
Battling across Iowa ahead of the first-in-the-country presidential nominating vote on Monday, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are dueling on fertile populist ground: resentment against Wall Street, bailed-out big banks and a financial system seen as rigged.
 
Following its devastating defeat last weekend, the resignation of its party chair and the prospect of electing a new leader, a growing chorus from within the Kuomintang (KMT) is yet again calling for reform.
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