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The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA, 民航局) on Monday took issue with media accusations that its air traffic controllers failed to provide real-time weather information to a TransAsia (復興航空) plane, leading to a crash that left 48 people dead.
 
Taiwan's ninth national park formally opened Saturday on some of the lesser known islands of Penghu (澎湖), promising to bring unspoiled landscapes and the tranquility of a more bucolic lifestyle within close reach of residents of Taiwan's main, largely urbanized island.
 
Investigation starts as possibly hijacked fishing boat returned to Taiwan
Employees of a local fishing operator brought a locally registered boat back to Taiwan Thursday after a suspected hijacking at sea by its Indonesian crew members left the Taiwanese skipper missing.
 
A beluga whale at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium in the southern county of Pingtung died Wednesday of sepsis, according to museum authorities.
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Pingtung County leadership apologizes over recycled oil
Pingtung County Magistrate Tsao Chi-hung (曹啟鴻) apologized yesterday over an ongoing food safety scare that originated in part with an unlicensed factory in his county.
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A 60-year-old farmer in Pingtung County was hailed as a hero on Sunday after it was revealed that he was a key figure behind the exposure of the recent oil scandal in Taiwan.
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The magistrate of Pingtung County convened a meeting Tuesday in which he demanded that all the bureaus under the county government strengthen their internal reporting mechanisms and construct a database for unlicensed plants in the southern county in the wake of a scandal involving recycled waste oil being sold as a food product.
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Firefighter based in Pingtung suspected of using drugs
The police recently busted a gang of suspects engaged in drug trafficking and accidentally discovered that a firefighter from the Pingtung County Fire Bureau had made purchases from the gang multiple times.
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Tainan police on Saturday confiscated customized firearms from the rented apartment of a man surnamed Li, who was apprehended on July 25 after trying to get back with his ex-wife through text-message threats and the use of customized firearms and smoke-grenades.
 
Missile drills scaled down after fishermen protest
Taiwan's military decided to postpone a scheduled missile drill in southeastern Taiwan late on Wednesday amid a round of protests launched by fishermen in Pingtung county (屏東縣) earlier the same day. The fishermen say the drills are depleting marine resources in seas near the drill ground.
 
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