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The Executive Yuan on Thursday approved the establishment of a renewable energy technology innovation park in the Shalun area of Tainan which will require an estimated NT$50 billion (US$1.58 billion) in investment, according to Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇).
 
Authorities have recently arrested a suspect on firearm modification charges, who has been operating in Southern Taiwan for a period of time, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said.
 
Flown off course
Two flamingos appear along the shoreline of Chigu District (七股) in Tainan City on Thursday, Oct. 20. Many bird lovers and photographers gathered at the coast with their gear, hoping to capture the sight of the two unlikely visitors -- greater flamingoes' main habitats are in the Mediterranean area, Africa and the Indian Peninsula. A photographer with the Society for Wildlife and Nature (SWAN) told reporters that the flamingo had been nicknamed a "model of bird society" for its long legs and elegant manner of carrying itself.
 
Fresh clashes at the Tainan City Council
Independent Tainan City Councilor Chen Chao Lai (陳朝來), left, clashes with Democratic Progressive Party councilors at a meeting of the Tainan City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
 
In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 14, earthquake victim Hung Chia-yi (洪家益) poses with his family in Tainan.
 
Tainan City's Shalun Farm will be transformed into an international film industry hub, Premier Lin Chuan said Sunday.
 
Tainan speaker sworn in
Tainan City Councilor Lai Mei-hui from the DPP is sworn in as the southern city council's speaker, as fellow councilors from the KMT display protest placards accusing her of being an "illegal speaker." Her election on Monday, Oct. 3 was marred by free-for-alls between the DPP and KMT camps. Lai replaced the KMT's Lee Chuan-chao, who lost both the speaker seat and the council seat after being convicted for bribery.
 
Chaos reigns at Tainan city council vote
Scuffles, thrown projectiles and overall chaos marred a Tainan City speakership by-election Monday, which ended with several hospitalizations and the election of the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Lai Mei-hui.
 
Tainan councilors clash
A tearful Tainan City Councilor Hung Yu-feng of the Kuomintang, center, is surrounded by reporters. Hung said Acting Council Speaker Kuo Hsin-liang of the Democratic Progressive Party struck her in the face during a fracas at the Tainan City Council. She and other KMT councilors tried to prevent Kuo from convening a council meeting that would have seen the election of a new speaker.
 
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 hit Nanhua District in Tainan at 7:35 p.m. Friday, the Central Weather Bureau reported later that evening.
 
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