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'Chinese Valentine's Day'
A Taiwanese matchmaking deity Yue Lao (月老) costume figure poses at a launch event held at Silks Place Tainan on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
 
Forestry Bureau pours cold water on worries
A landslide dam is shown here on the upstream of Mawuku Stream, located in Taitung County, in this photo provided by the Forestry Bureau (林務局) on Tuesday, Aug. 2. As of press time, the barrier lake surface area was measured at around 1 hectare, a situation that worried some 1,000 households in the downstream area. Bureau authorities said that water was already draining out from the lake and denied that locals were in immediate danger.
 
Steaking their reputation
Men are seen dressed in European-style maid costumes at a Taoyuan steak chain restaurant in this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
 
Police said Tuesday that a new round of a crackdown on drugs rounded up nearly 2,000 drug users and traffickers, and seized 38.85 kilograms of narcotics.
 
Visitors to the island county of Penghu who rent electric scooters will be eligible to a discount of NT$100 (US$3.16) per vehicle per day, as part of an effort by the local government to promote energy conservation and low-carbon tourism.
 
A precautionary measure to ban nighttime traffic on a section of the Central Cross-Island Highway will be put into practice Tuesday, one day after a falling rock hit a tour bus on the highway, killing one passenger and injuring two.
 
1 dead, 3 hurt after boulder hits tour bus
A tour bus with more than 30 local people aboard was hit by a falling boulder while traveling across the Central Cross-Island Highway Monday afternoon, leaving one dead and three injured, according to the police.
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Green transport program launched to ease traffic by Neihu technology park
Taipei City Government on Monday kicked off a three-month green transportation program in a bid to ease the notorious traffic jams near Neihu Technology Park.
 
A charitable hospital that accepts public donations is undergoing a massive change in medication that is mainly "profit oriented," internal documents leaked Monday showed.
 
Rare sight off Taitung coast
A waterspout forms off the coast of Taitung on Monday, Aug. 1. The rare scene occurred in the early morning. A driver traveling on the South-Link Highway said the vortex was very close to the road and lasted for at least four minutes. The waterspout is connected to a towering cumuliform cloud or a cumulonimbus cloud. It is often weaker than most of its counterparts on land.
 
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