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Swim the Bay
People from around Taiwan wait to swim in Penghu Bay in Penghu County, Sunday, June 19. Over 800 people flocked to outlying county to take part in the annual swimming contest. Penghu was recognized by the France-based World Club for having one of the world's most beautiful bays.
 
Penghu to become 'eco-friendly group of islands,' says visiting Premier Lin
Premier Lin Chuan said Saturday Penghu County should be developed into a model for green energy production, the Central News Agency reported.
 
Three firefighters in outlying Penghu County implicated in arranging for the illegal hunting of two green sea turtles -- a protected wild animal -- have been disciplined by the county and could face legal sanctions.
 
Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan said Tuesday that the military will ship ammunition to the Pratas Islands and not Taiping Island in the Spratly archipelago.
 
Needless to spray
Members of the 9th Patrol Flotilla of the Coast Guard Administration are seen executing a water rescue operation while firefighters also practice extinguishing a fire ashore near the Fu Kuo Duen fishing port. The 9th Patrol Flotilla patrols around the outlying county of Kinmen.
 
A Greater bridge
A view of the uncompleted Kinmen Bridge, which is expected to connect Greater Kinmen and Lesser Kinmen by July 2017. Lawmakers yesterday condemned the slow pace of construction work, which started in 2011 and so far is only 38 percent complete. The Legislature's Transportation Committee demanded that builders make improvements by this June 25 or lose their contract.
 
After fish slaying, only 6 endangered humphead wrasses left
The Council of Agriculture's Forestry Bureau (林務局) confirmed Sunday that only six of the protected species humphead wrasse (龍王鯛) are still in the wild on outlying Green Island, after a killing of one of the species by a local bed-and-breakfast owner led to a public outcry, according to multiple reports by the Central News Agency (CNA).
 
Kinmen flooded
Rescue teams transport residents on floatable rescue craft in Kinmen County, Sunday, May 22. The offshore island was inundated with sudden and heavy rains of more than 100 millimeters from Saturday evening, May 21 leaving hundreds of residents in knee-deep water. Firefighters and troops were mobilized to help ferry residents to dry ground.
 
Two Chinese men were indicted Tuesday by the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office on charges of illegally harvesting coral and catching turtles in waters near the Dongsha Islands, which are controlled by Taiwan.
 
A massive beach-cleaning effort was launched in Kinmen Saturday, drawing local government staff, military personnel, voluntary workers and residents from around the offshore county.
 
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