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December, 8, 2016

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The processing fee for Taiwanese applying to visit Ireland under a working holiday program will rise to NT$1,500 starting next year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced.
 
Pricier premiums
Kuomintang lawmakers hold a press conference on President Tsai Ing-wen's National Health Insurance policy for foreign students, Wednesday, Dec. 7. Tsai has approved a plan to increase health insurance premiums for foreign students from NT$749 to NT$1,249 per month, lawmakers said.
 
At your service
EVA Air's new helping hand Pepper offers a sneak peek of its offerings, Wednesday, Dec. 7.
 
Token of thanks
Mongolian horse "Yung Chun" kisses its keeper in this photo provided by the Taipei Zoo on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The zoo said Yung Chun often shows appreciation when its hair is being combed by touching its keeper with its nose or mouth.
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The Kuomintang (KMT) on Wednesday announced a three-pronged strategy -- mass demonstrations, legislative recalls and a referendum -- to fight the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on the issue of Japanese food imports from areas hit by the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
 
Shares in Taiwan closed slightly higher on Wednesday, extending the momentum from the previous day, but moved in a narrow range throughout the session, with gains capped ahead of strong technical resistance around the 9,300-point mark.
 
Taiwan's exports in November are expected to post double-digit year-on-year growth thanks to an economic recovery in the second half of this year, Minister of Finance Sheu Yu-jer said Wednesday.
 
A man attempted to rob a Standard Chartered Bank branch in Taipei Wednesday afternoon, escaping as soon as an alarm went off, police said.
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As part of its "New Southbound Policy," Taiwan's government is encouraging young people to learn Southeast Asian languages, but a new survey indicates few Taiwanese students are interested in learning the languages spoken in those countries.
 
Former sports commentator Fu Da-jen (傅達仁) wrote a letter to President Tsai Ing-wen calling for the government to legalize euthanasia, offering to volunteer as the first person to undergo euthanasia in the country.
 
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