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Pope Francis has donated US$50,000 for the victims of the recent earthquake in Tainan, Southern Taiwan, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.
 
US EPA praises local environmental efforts
A visiting United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) senior official on Friday praised the success of Taiwan's decades-long efforts in environmental protection, which have made the island a leader in the region.
 
Taiwan and Poland have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a reciprocal driver's license agreement that allows citizens of the two countries to get driver's licenses in one another's countries without having to take tests, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced.
 
Delegates to defend fishermen's rights: MOFA
A Taiwanese delegation will safeguard local fishermen's rights in an upcoming Taipei-Tokyo fisheries committee meeting next month, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said Thursday. The meeting takes place amid attempts by Japan to restrict Taiwan's access to fishing areas shared by both countries in the East China Sea.
 
A Facebook post by Kin Moy, director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), on his participation in the annual Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in northern Taiwan has drawn mixed comments, some of which criticized the sky lantern tradition as environmentally unfriendly.
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Tsai calls for restraint amid S. China Sea islands dispute
President-elect and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen called for the upholding of peaceful solutions and restraint in the South China Sea on Wednesday, after media reported that Chinese-deployed advanced missile launchers had been found on an island in the contested area.
 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs Jane Nishida will visit Taiwan on February 19 to promote U.S.-Taiwan cooperation through the International Environmental Partnership (IEP), a joint multi-year effort of the U.S. EPA and Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration, according to a press release from the American Institute in Taipei (AIT) yesterday.
 
200 use emergency passport renewal during CNY
More than 200 Taiwanese travelers made use of an emergency passport renewal service at the Foreign Ministry's branch office at the airport during the just-concluded Lunar New Year holiday, a diplomatic source said on Tuesday.
 
Taiwan's government expressed its appreciation Tuesday to people in the Philippines for their condolences to families of victims of an earthquake that hit Southern Taiwan on Feb. 6 and left more than 100 people dead.
 
Around 60 cyclists in Singapore took part in a fun ride Sunday to show their support for the survivors of the deadly earthquake that struck Southern Taiwan Feb. 6.
 
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