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Grappling with the ghosts
Spectators gather around the stage of the traditional Chiang Ku (Grappling with the ghosts) competition in Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Birds of a feather
A flock of herons dance in the air in this undated photo released Wednesday, Aug. 17 by the Kenting National Park Administration. Winter migration brings the birds to Taiwan in August. The administration will hold a heron-watching event on Aug. 27.
A domestic helper sparked a controversy Wednesday when she livestreamed a video on Facebook of her 98-year-old employer using the bathroom at her home in Pingtung.
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Pole position
People in Hengchu Township of the southern county of Pingtung participate in the annual pole-climbing competition that symbolizes "Grappling with the Ghosts" during the Ghost Month, the seventh lunar month that began on Aug. 3 this year.
Police arrest suspect in fire at historic church
Police on Thursday arrested a man who allegedly set a fire to a wooden statue in a century-old Catholic Church in Pingtung County the previous day.
A humanoid robot developed by Japanese tech company Softbank will soon become the first of its kind to work in the public sector in Taiwan when it joins the Pingtung County government's workforce later this year.
Bank erosion
A road on the bank of a creek in Linluo Township (麟洛鄉), Pingtung County, caves in on Tuesday, July 12, in this photo captured from Facebook.
Residents of several villages in the southern Pingtung County were evacuated Sunday due to a threat of mudslides as torrential rain continued to fall there, county officials said.
Baby, mother survive ambulance accident
Emergency response teams pull a pregnant woman from an ambulance Thursday, June 30 in Pingtung. The ambulance was en route to the hospital with the pregnant woman in tow when it became involved in a road accident with two passenger vehicles. The woman suffered scratches and a cesarean section was preformed immediately when she arrived at the hospital.
A woman in the southern city of Pingtung became the first reported indigenous dengue fever case in Taiwan this summer when she was confirmed to have the disease.
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