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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.
 
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!
 
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