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September, 26, 2016

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Penghu light show
A light show is superimposed on a temple in the outlying island of Penghu, Saturday. Autumn tourism festivities kicked off to great fanfare, with visitors finding the lighting effects employed rivaling or surpassing those used in similar shows around Taipei 101 and Taipei Main Station.
 
A visiting U.S. scientist on Saturday encouraged young people in Taiwan to ask the right questions and gain knowledge in multiple disciplines to tackle modern-day challenges in the field of sustainable development.
 
The United States has replaced China to become Taiwan's largest debtor on the back of Taiwanese banks' efforts to tighten their control on lending to the Chinese mainland in a bid to lower possible risks down the road, according to the local central bank.
 
Hsinchu flexes athletic chops
A Taekwondo contender leaps over other participants to strike a wooden board in the annual Hsinchu County sporting competition on Saturday, Sept. 24. The four-day countywide sporting competition drew record-high participation of 1,574 athletes from local primary and secondary schools and other public teams in a variety of sports, including track and field.
 
Almost 70 percent of people in Taiwan support a so-called "rich man's tax" to narrow the wealth gap, a survey has found.
 
Collision by Ferrari
A damaged Ferrari is parked along the roadside in Chiayi County, Saturday, Sept. 24. The car, driven by entrepreneur Chang Yi-chang and carrying Legislator Chen Ming-wen, struck another vehicle, causing minor head injuries to Chen, who was taken to hospital but later released. The driver of the other car also suffered light injuries. The 458 Speciale has an estimated price tag of US$539,000 and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers/hour in three seconds.
 
Many Taiwanese travelers favor spontaneous overseas trips, with the percentage of "last-minute" travelers in the country exceeding the average in the Asia-Pacific region, a survey conducted by travel search engine Skyscanner has found.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen has met with winners of this year's Tang Prize -- known as the Asian Nobel Prize -- and their representatives over the past two days to exchange experiences ahead of this weekend's awards ceremony, the Tang Prize Foundation said Saturday.
 
Washington encourages the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to engage each other on the basis of dignity and respect, a senior U.S. State Department official said Friday, after Taiwan was not invited to attend an upcoming International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly, ..........
 
Israel's representative office in Taiwan has donated over 100 earthquake-proof tables to Tainan, in southern Taiwan, which was struck by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in February.
 
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