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Motorists hoping to travel on Taiwan's freeways for free during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday will be disappointed as the government announced Sunday that tolls will be collected at all hours during the four-day break.
 
The Shihlin District Prosecutors' Office on Monday recommended the death penalty for the suspect in the gruesome killing of a 4-year-old girl, nicknamed "Little Light Bulb," (小燈泡), in late March, in Neihu District, Taipei.
 
Fewer than 4 in 10 people recently polled in Taiwan said they approve of the idea that President Tsai Ing-wen should recognize the "1992 consensus" so that the contacts and negotiation mechanism between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait can continue as usual, according to a newspaper survey released Monday.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen will host a meeting of her Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Central Executive Committee May 25 in her capacity as party chairwoman, the DDP said Monday.
 
New Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan said Monday that arrangements have been made for talks with tourism officials from China on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum meeting in Peru later this month, although the exact timing remains undecided.
 
Environmental Protection Minister Lee Ying-yuan said Monday that he is opposed to imports of scrap metal, from the perspectives of industry policies, environmental protection, and the development of an innovative economy.
 
Tsai seeks US support in TPP bid
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed her hopes of seeing the U.S. support Taiwan's participation in the second round of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, when meeting with a U.S. congressional delegation on Sunday.
 
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications has announced plans for a real-name booking system to reserve train seats specially for Hualien and Taitung residents.
 
'I would not support Taiwan independence': defense minister
Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) on Monday said he would not support Taiwan independence and that President Tsai Ing-wen had never to his knowledge publicly endorsed Taiwan independence.
 
Independence activists demonstrated outside the National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine on Monday, accusing President Tsai Ing-wen of "Sinicizing Taiwan" as she kicked off her first week in office by paying respect to the country's war dead.
 
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