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February, 27, 2017

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'No gay marriage in our lifetime'?
A gay rights activist accused President Tsai Ing-wen of backtracking from her support for legalizing gay marriage, saying she told him, "You may not be able to see same-sex marriage in your lifetime."
 
Air Force to assume command of missile defense system
In the first major shake-up of the armed forces of Tsai Ing-wen's presidency, the Air Force will take command of the Air Defense Missile Command beginning next month.
 
Starbucks price hike: more harm than good?
Starbucks opened its first branch in Taiwan in Tienmu, Taipei on March. 28, 1998. A joint venture between Starbucks' U.S. parent company and Uni-President (統一企業), with the latter acting as the local operating management company, the coffeehouse chain has been serving Taiwan with coffees ranging from espressos to caramel macchiatos for almost 20 years.
 
X-Men in Taipei
Patrick Stewart, left, and Hugh Jackman arrive Sunday, Feb. 26 in Taiwan, the only Asian stop on a promotional tour for their film "Logan." A throng of fans turned out to greet the pair at the Taoyuan airport. Jackman, who is taking up the role of Wolverine for the final time in "Logan," waved enthusiastically and said hi to fans in Chinese.
 
American warehouse club Costco Wholesale Corp. announced Sunday that it will begin providing fuel services to Costco members at its branch in Zhongli, Taoyuan starting Thursday.
 
A wet ride but free
Riders enter the gates at A13 station of the Taoyuan Airport MRT in Greater Taoyuan on Sunday, Feb. 26. Two days of heavy rain over the 228 Peace Memorial Day holiday didn't deter passengers from trying out the new metro system, which offers free rides to the end of the month. The rain did, however, dump water that rolled off the roof and onto passengers at A8 station and other stations with outdoor platforms. After studying the leakage, government officials said dead leaves and other debris had clogged up the rain gutters, causing overflow. Contractors had been asked to improve the drainage system, metro authorities said.
 > Taoyuan
 
Hundreds of former Uber Taiwan drivers protested outside the Transportation Ministry Sunday to demand regulatory accommodations, following the firm's decision to suspend operations in the face of heavy fines.
 
Cause of death unknown
Coast Guard officials measure a dead bottlenose dolphin, a protected species, in New Taipei City, Sunday, Feb. 27. Around 1 p.m. on Sunday, the Coast Guard found the dolphin dead in a stone trench along New Taipei's Laomei Coast. The dolphin, dead for no longer than a day, showed no visible signs of trauma. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
 > Taipei
 
Family members of victims of the Feb. 28, 1947 government crackdown on the local population thanked the Ministry of Culture Sunday for taking steps to address their concerns related to "transitional justice."
 
The Ministry of Culture will hold a series of activities starting in April to highlight its campaign to push for transitional justice in Taiwan.
 
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