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Two owners of a seafood company in the Southern Taiwan county of Pingtung and three manpower brokers were indicted Monday, after they were found hiring nine Indonesians for work not in line with their job description.
 
Local and Indonesian police officers intercepted 1,700 kilograms of marijuana in a joint operation in Indonesia's Aceh on Dec. 16, preventing transshipment to neighboring countries, including Taiwan.
 
A charity movement aimed at collecting used shoes for African children has received over a million pairs since its launch in 2014, event organizers said Friday.
 
A local women's rights group expressed the hope Friday that negotiations between Japan and South Korea over the "comfort women" issue could be expanded to include Taiwan.
 
With international students accounting for 11.44 percent of its graduate student pool, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) is hoping to attract more foreign students, especially those from Southeast Asia and Africa, according to the university's president.
 
Six members of the U.S. House of Representatives recently expressed support for Taiwan's initiatives in the South China Sea, including its peace proposal and efforts to make Taiping Island a hub for humanitarian assistance and scientific research.
 
The Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF, 國合會) has launched two humanitarian assistance projects in Nepal to help with post-quake reconstruction in the Himalayan country.
 
The Taiwan government expressed gratitude toward the United States government over the U.S. announcement on Wednesday of a US$1.83 billion arms sale package.
 
Taiwan-Korea relations continue to improve in 2015: envoy
The relationship between Taiwan and Korea has continued to improve over the past year with more frequent two-way travel and the signing of several pacts, Korea's top envoy to Taiwan said on Thursday.
 
The US$1.83 billion arms sales package for Taiwan announced Wednesday is in line with the Taiwan Relations Act and U.S. support for Taiwan's ability to maintain sufficient self defense capability, U.S. officials said.
 
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