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February, 21, 2017

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Perfect posing
Tai Ji Men members and guests pose for a photo at the group's Lunar New Year gathering in Taipei on Thursday, Feb. 16.
 
Long lines as Airport MRT opens trial to individual passengers
Lines snaked around Taipei Main Station on Thursday morning as prospective passengers waited for their turn to board the long-anticipated 51-km metro linking Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei.
 
You don't see this every day
An overturned car lies sideways in Da-an River in Miaoli County's quiet township of Tai-an. A wanted criminal surnamed Peng was found wet and nearly unconscious behind some bushes after his car overturned in the river, officers said on Thursday. Wanted for drug possession, he drove the vehicle into the river bank when being chased by police.
 
Burnin' rubber
Firefighters battle a fire at a recycling center in Miaoli City on Thursday, Feb. 16. The fire went on for 22 hours before it was finally put out on Thursday noon, sending a thick cloud of black smoke hanging over the city. Residents complained of the stench of burned plastic and rubber, while some complained of dizziness and of having been "poisoned."
 
Gateway of Taipei
The new Taipei Travel Plaza entrance is shown here on Wednesday, Feb. 15. According to Taipei City Government Public Works Department's Parks & Street Lights Office, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je is scheduled to carry out an inspection of the plaza.
 
Zookeeper's best friend
Merry the German Shepherd is pictured beside a plant at Taipei Zoo on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
 
Taipei's luxury home market thawed over the past few months but prices for The Palace -- one of the most coveted residential complexes -- remain uncertain after two of its units failed to sell at separate auctions on Wednesday.
 
Before and after
This photo shows the mountain above the southbound railway in Taimali prior to the development plans that have rid the mountain of its trees in order to make room for a ginger farm.
 
28 feared dead as bus falls off freeway in Taipei
A tour bus fell off a mountain slope in Northern Taiwan Monday night, with 17 passengers reportedly found without vital signs as rescue operations continued as of press time.
 
The reigning champions of the Breeze Center Non-Stop Happiness Kissing Contest locked lips for 142 minutes on Sunday to defend their title and take home a set of train tickets and an iPhone.
 
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