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July, 30, 2016

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More than 1,000 geese at a farm in the Xinhua District of Tainan in southern Taiwan were destroyed Monday after samples from the farm tested positive for a new strain of H5 avian flu virus, according to officials.
Six seniors die in fire at elderly care center
An intense fire broke out at an elderly care center in New Taipei around 7 a.m. Wednesday, killing six people and leaving one in critical condition.
Immigrants tell stories in native languages at Taoyuan contest
The Taoyuan Culture Foundation and the departments of Education and Social Welfare of the Taoyuan City Government recently jointly organized a competition among immigrant residents, allowing them to talk about their homesickness and the experience of living in Taiwan in their mother tongues.
Eid al-Fitr, an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the monthlong daytime fasting period known as Ramadan, will be observed July 6 this year in Taiwan, the Taipei Grand Mosque said Tuesday.
Travel in style
A 700-meter long waterslide is seen in this photo, provided by the Xinyi Township Office in Nantou County, on Monday, July 4. The slide will be featured at the Nantou Grape Festival and Water Slide Carnival from July 9 to Aug. 21.
Reconstruction complete
Worshipers, local residents and visitors attend an event to celebrate the completion of a four-year reconstruction project for the Guoyih Sheng-Di Temple (菓葉聖帝廟) in Penghu County on Monday, July 4. The temple worships the Taoist deity Guan Yu.
Bone-fide heroes
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je, center, poses with police dogs and their trainers Monday. Retired rescue dogs Biscuit, Tanya, Bailey and Coot were awarded for their dedicated service.
Taichung MRT ahead of schedule
Rail tracks at a construction site for the Taichung Mass Rail Transit System are seen in this photo released by the Taichung City government on Monday, July 4. The city government pointed out that as of May, the completion rate of the Taichung MRT reached 64.19 percent, putting the project ahead of schedule. A trial run for the Taichung metro is expected by the end of November 2018 and formal operation by December 2020.
The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) Monday responded to an outraged Taitung farmer's criticism that the administration had not replied to his complaints about hot air balloons landing on his private property.
CAA stands by handling of farmer's hot air balloon complaint
The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) defend itself Monday after an outraged Taitung farmer said it had never responded to his complaints about hot air balloons landing on his property.
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