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President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday that although some countries in the world have replaced the death penalty with life imprisonment without parole, Taiwan is not thinking of following suit.
 
The Internal Administration Committee of the Legislative Yuan on Monday agreed to drop the existing permit system for outdoor assemblies and parades and allow organizers of the activities to voluntarily report to the competent authority for filing, according to Lawmaker Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), chairman of the committee.
 
Chang Ching-sen, a minister-without-portfolio designate in the incoming government, posted a message on his facebook page on Monday mocking the Wang family's lingering protest of the controversial Wenlin Yuan urban renewal project in Shilin District, Taipei, as the most ironic social movement ever seen in the history, causing city councilors to deem such an action as "not virtuous."
 
The weather in western and northeastern areas of Taiwan will be unstable this week through to Thursday due to an approaching weather front, which will bring thundershowers, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Monday.
 
The military began a series of computer-aided war games Monday that will continue non-stop for five days and four nights, as part of this year's Han Kuang series of military exercises, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
 
TAIPEI - The organiser of a party which saw a fireball rip through a Taiwan waterpark leaving 15 dead was found guilty of negligence Tuesday and jailed for almost five years, as the court paid tribute to the "excruciating pain and torment" of the bereaved.
 
Embattled Academia Sinica chief Wong not to step down
Embattled Academia Sinica President Wong Chi-huey (翁啟惠), facing charges of corruption and breach of trust, Monday failed to submit his resignation during a meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou, in a move Ma described as a deviation of what the public has expected.
 
Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) stated Sunday that if U.S. pork imports containing the feed additive ractopamine are allowed into Taiwan, the blame would likely fall squarely in the hands of President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the Central News Agency reported.
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Director of the Kuomintang's (KMT) Central Policy Committee (CPC), Alex Tsai (蔡正元), voiced support on Sunday to appeal a prison sentence against Tainan City Council Speaker Lee Chuan-chiao (李全教).
 
Animal abuse offenders could face tougher punishments, after nearly thirty advocate groups announced plans to send their animal protection reform bill to the legislature by the end of April, according to the Association of Taiwan Tree-huggers (台灣樹人會) as reported by the Central News Agency.
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