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Where to find the best offers for the e-payment service
As Apple Pay became available to users in Taiwan from 7 a.m. this morning, local banks offering the e-payment service have rolled out promotional events for every purchase their cardholders make using the service.
 
China's silence on Taiwan activist's disappearance regrettable: Cabinet
Taiwan's Cabinet on Thursday expressed regret that China had not offered an explanation of the disappearance of Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who Chinese authorities said was being investigated on suspicion of endangering their country's national security.
 
1,000 evacuated after fire in Xinyi District
A fire broke out in Taipei's Xinyi District late Wednesday, with some 20 fire trucks and several ambulances deployed to respond to the blaze that also caused the evacuation of a nearby movie premiere .
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Cold front arrives Friday but long weekend outlook good
Taiwan will continue enjoying warm weather until Friday afternoon, when a cold front is forecast to arrive and bring lower temperatures and scattered showers to most of the country, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
 
Headlines from across Taiwan
Good morning, here are the top stories from around Taiwan for Thursday March 30, 2017.
 
An R.O.C. citizen has been detained since earlier this week by Hungarian authorities on telecoms-fraud charges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Wednesday.
 
Taiwan's declining birth rate will take a toll on college enrollment, as the Ministry of Education (MOE) predicted Wednesday that the number of students entering university and other higher education institutes would drop close to 40 percent by 2028.
 
Down by the jetty
This photo shows a view of Kaohsiung harbor. The Kaohsiung City Government and the Taiwan International Ports Corporation's (TIPC) officially formed a joint venture, the Land Development Corporation of the Kaohsiung Harbor Area, on Wednesday. Seven other state-run companies including the CPC Corporation also signed an agreement to form a new alliance to develop the port area. Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) stressed their efforts to develop the area would attract more businesses to set up offices there and create 50,000 jobs, aiding in the revitalization of the city.
 
Gonna need a ... bigger boat?
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) takes delivery of the world's largest container ship, MOL Triumph, from Samsung Heavy Industries. MOL Triumph will soon set off on her maiden voyage in April, sailing to five ports in mainland China. Kaohisung Harbor will not be "big ship ready" for the new vessel until next year. The new 20,000 TEU-class containership would beef up The Alliance, a new international shipping alliance comprising major Asian and European companies such as Germany's Hapag-Lloyd, Japan's MOL, South Korea's Hanjin Shipping and Taiwan's Yang Ming Marine Transport.
 
The wife of Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che's (李明哲), Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), urged Chinese authorities on Wednesday to reveal where he is currently being detained and release him.
 
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