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Scrapping VAC would be blow to veterans and country: minister
The Veterans Affairs Council (VAC, 退輔會) minister argued for the body's importance in protecting veteran rights on Wednesday in response to its proposed integration into the Defense Ministry.
 
KMT blocks premier's first report
The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) surrounded the Legislative Yuan chamber Tuesday, thrice preventing Premier Lin Chuan (林全) from giving what would have been his first report and forcing Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) to call recesses in both the morning and afternoon sessions.
 
KMT hogs Legislature spotlight over pork issue
Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers led hundreds of pig farmers in a protest outside the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday over concerns that the new government may lift the ban on U.S. pork containing ractopamine, a controversial feed additive.
 
52 Taiwan nationals arrested in Turkey on fraud charges: MOFA
Another batch of Taiwanese citizens has been detained overseas on fraud charges, this time in Turkey, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday confirming the arrest of 52 Taiwan nationals.
 
COMPUTEX crucial to industry: Tsai
In her opening address at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2016 yesterday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) affirmed the event's critical role in moving Taiwan's information and communication technology (ICT) industries forward.
 
Taiwan declines in IMD world competitiveness rankings
Taiwan slipped three notches this year to 14th in the global competitiveness rankings, which were released Monday by the International Institute for Management (IMD).
 
Taiwan's manufacturing sector sees a 12 month blue light streak end on recovery
The local manufacturing sector showed signs of a recovery in April, as the index that gauges the climate of the sector flashed a yellow-blue light for the first time in 12 months, the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) said Tuesday.
 
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck off Taiwan's northern coast early Tuesday afternoon was the strongest in the country in 17 years, but it is not expected to be followed by many aftershocks, the Central Weather Bureau said.
 
Shares in Taiwan closed little changed Tuesday before index adjustments by global index provider MSCI Inc. became effective following the close of the local equity market, dealers said.
 
Despite bus operators' protest, Taichung City Government yesterday reiterated its stance that 10 kilometers of free bus service will stay available to its citizens.
 
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