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Taipei City Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) gave the green-light to take down overpasses and underpasses in the city by the end of 2017, citing low usage rate and inaccessibility for those who are physically challenged, reported the Central News Agency (CNA) on Sunday.
 
The Kaohsiung Harbor Police Department said Sunday it has arrested five Indonesian migrant workers on a foreign fishing boat docked at a wharf in Cijin, on suspicion of links to the death of a Philippines fishery worker.
 
Ko, Hau trade verbal blows over Taipei Dome
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and his predecessor Hau Lung-bin Saturday continued blaming each other over the ill-fated Taipei Dome project.
 
Former Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) on Friday voiced his doubt that the city government's decision to cancel the construction contract for the troubled Taipei Dome project with Farglory Group is meant to benefit the group indirectly.
 
The largest newspaper in Taiwan published in Southeast Asian languages, 4-Way Voice, will suspend publication at the end of this month to undergo organizational restructuring, Shih Hsin University said Wednesday.
 
Despite the recent warm weather that should have helped reduce the spread of avian influenza through Taiwan's poultry operations, 1,312 geese have been culled at a goose farm in Chiayi County after it was confirmed to have been infected with the virus, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said.
 
City council roasts an embattled Ko, tells him to 'shut his mouth'
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) knew it was going to be a tough Tuesday afternoon at the city council, coming prepared with several medicinal pills and Buddhist scriptures at the ready in a face off with council members.
 
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je on Tuesday released a video on his Facebook page promoting an animal-assisted therapy program aimed at turning stray dogs into patient's companions, and he also appealed for donations.
 
Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Sunday that the full amount of NT$4 billion (US$123.3 million) in donations received by the city government after a deadly earthquake in February will be put toward the relief and recovery efforts in the city.
 
More than 100 foreign students took part in the annual Dajia Matsu pilgrimage in Taichung on Saturday, alongside hundreds of thousands of local pilgrims.
 
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