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Next stop for ex-rail chief is prison
Taichung District Court judge Chuang Shen-yuan speaks to press on Tuesday, Aug. 30.
 
Taiwan has been named the world's best place to live for expatriates in the latest InterNations Expat Insider Survey, impressing foreigners living in the country with its quality of health care and the ability to make a good living.
 
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urged the public to pay attention to dietary hygiene Tuesday because of a rise in the number of cholera cases in Taiwan in August.
 
Political donation controversy
Former President Ma Ying-jeou, center, arrives at the Taipei High Court to testify in a defamation case he filed against political commentator Clara Chou (周玉蔻), whom Ma contends had falsely insinuated that he took political donations from a major corporation, in Taipei, Tuesday, Aug. 30.
 
Almost half of the nearly 57,000 people in prison in Taiwan as of the end of July were there because of drug offenses, as the country saw a sharp increase in drug-related cases in the first seven months of 2016, according to a government report released Tuesday.
 
Fitbit, the largest wearable brand in the world, announced Tuesday that it has entered the Taiwan market, taking aim at local consumers who care about their health and try hard to keep fit.
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday issued a gray travel alert for Singapore, in light of a recent spike in Zika infections there.
 
Taiwan and India are expected to sign aviation and agricultural cooperation pacts next month as part of the latest achievement in the government's ongoing push for its "New Southbound Policy," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Tuesday.
 
Urban bike rental system YouBike has updated its official app so that users can now be sure if they have returned bikes properly and paid the required fees, Taipei's Department of Transportation (DOT) said Tuesday.
 
Around 300 protesters from Yunlin County gathered outside the Executive Yuan on Tuesday, demanding that a school transfer order be implemented only if authorities could provide concrete evidence that the campus's location near a petrochemical operation was harmful to students' health.
 
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