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Head of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW, 衛福部), Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌), said on Monday that if Taiwan fails to receive an invitation to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer constituent, it might participate in sideline activities at the annual conference, as it did prior to 2009.
 
Taiwan sought to increase its maritime posture on the open seas after a fishing spat with Japan last week, deploying two vessels to the vicinity of Okinotori atoll on Sunday.
 
Five Philippine nationals -- four women and one man -- have been deported for a series of thefts they committed in Taipei last month, according to officials of the Taipei City Police Department's Xinyi Precinct.
 
Taiwan will send two patrol ships Sunday to international waters near a Japanese-controlled atoll in the Western Pacific to protect Taiwanese fishermen operating in the area.
 
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen is expected to officially announce plans to attend the inauguration of the expanded Panama Canal, scheduled for June 26, after taking office on May 20, the Chinese-language United Daily News reported on Saturday, citing sources in Panama City.
 
Republican presidential nomination candidate Ted Cruz suggested that the U.S. air carrier USS Stennis should be sent to Taiwan after mainland China denied permission for the vessel to make a port call in Hong Kong.
 
Foreign Minister David Lin on Friday summoned Japan's de facto ambassador in Taipei to lodge a formal protest against the seizure earlier this week of a Taiwanese fishing boat on the high seas near a Japanese-controlled atoll.
 
President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that Japan's claim that the Okinotori atoll is an "island" violates the rights of fishermen everywhere and that Taiwan is not ruling out the idea of submitting the dispute to international arbitration.
 
An Indonesian official said a probe was underway to address reports of a "significant increase" in Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau who have been recruited by the Islamic State (IS).
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The Pacific-island nation of Kiribati has signed an AU$1.7 million (US$1.3 million) contract with Kaohsiung-based San Yang Shipbuilding Corporative Company to build a landing craft, according to Kay Lin (林恩真), deputy director-general of MOFA's Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
 
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