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The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) announced on Aug. 30 its crackdown on a human trafficking ring that allegedly forced foreign workers into prostitution in Kaohsiung city.
 
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators in Kaohsiung yesterday held a coordination committee, appealing for the central government to offer subsidies to revive the local tourism industry, which suffered a heavy loss of more than NT$500 million after the multiple gas explosions on Aug. 1.
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Career's fate relies on 'citizen's choice': Chen
Kaohsiung citizens will decide whether Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) is fit to serve in the same position within the next 100 days, Chen herself said yesterday in response to criticism over her handling of the Kaohsiung explosions.
 
A faulty underground electric cable in a Kaohsiung neighborhood kept sending out cracking sounds, sparks and odors from the city's sewers yesterday, worrying residents that there would be a repeat of the deadly gas explosions that hit the southern city a few weeks ago.
 
Kaohsiung to use donations for victims' compensation
In order to allow victims of the Kaohsiung gas explosions to receive compensation as soon as possible, the Kaohsiung City Government yesterday said it will first compensate them with between NT$1.2 billion and NT$1.5 billion from the donations account, and then sue those responsible for the disaster on behalf of the victims.
 
CPDC refuses to remove pipeline on legal grounds
The removal of a pipeline around the site of the Kaohsiung gas explosions was forced to stop yesterday after China Petrochemical Development Corporation (CPDC) did not cooperate with the effort to remove the company's pipeline, saying that the government did not have a legal reason for demanding the company remove the pipelines.
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Kaohsiung mayor reserved on 'petrochemical zone'
Whether or not a specialized petrochemical zone should be set up in Kaohsiung is something that needs to be discussed with the citizens of Kaohsiung, the city's mayor, Chen Chu (陳菊), said yesterday.
 
Empty tank truck collides with bus in Kaohsiung, killing 1
An empty tank truck collided head-on with a commuter bus in Kaohsiung late Monday, killing the driver of the truck and injuring 18 people on the bus, according to the police.
 
Religious service held in Kaohsiung for disaster victims
A national religious service was held in Kaohsiung on Tuesday in memory of the victims of last month's explosions in Kaohsiung and plane crash in Penghu.
 
A telethon featuring local singers and actresses raised more than 56 million (US$1.86 million) for the ongoing relief operation in Kaohsiung, areas of which were devastated by a series of explosions on July 31.
 
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