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Taiwan won its first-ever gold medal with a clean sweep of five games at the International Young Physicists' Tournament (IYPT, 國際青年學生物理辯論錦標賽) last week.
 
Formosa Petrochemical Corp. (台塑石化), a privately owned fuel supplier, said Saturday that it will raise its domestic gasoline and diesel prices this week to reflect a rise in international crude oil prices.
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Taking aim
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je plays an archery game at a carnival on Saturday afternoon at the square in front of Taipei City Hall. The carnival, Countdown from 365 for 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei, was held to mark one year until the student games, which begin Aug. 19, 2017. Ko also tried his hand at billiard and weightlifting games.
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Gov't defends six-day workweek exceptions
The Labor Ministry Friday assured unions that legal allowances for more than six consecutive days of work will not become the norm, but said that given the nature of some professions, exemptions to the six-day workweek policy must still be allowed.
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Liu, Chuang into quarterfinals
Liu Wei-ting (劉威廷), right, of Chinese Taipei, kicks Aaron Cook, of Moldova, entering the men's 80-kilogram taekwondo quarterfinals of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, the morning of Friday, Aug. 19. Chuang Chia-chia (莊佳佳), of Chinese Taipei, also qualified for the quarterfinals.
 
Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said Friday that the private contractor involved in the recent toll collector compensation agreement needed to display "more social responsibility" as details about how the workers will be compensated remain unresolved.
 
Office workers spend 1.3 hours a day catching Pokemon: survey
Noticed a decline in your company's productivity? This might explain why. Office workers spend an average of 1.3 hours a day playing "Pokemon Go," according to survey results released Thursday by 1111 Job Bank (1111 人力銀行).
 
Earth observation satellite Formosat-2 retired after 12 years of service
The Formosat-2, Taiwan's first Earth observation satellite, has been decommissioned after 12 years of service -- seven years longer than it was designed to survive.
 
Manila bird strike causes hole and CAL flight cancellation
A China Airlines (CAL) return flight to Taipei from Manila was canceled after a bird strike left a small hole in one of its wings Friday, according to media reports.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen is slated to nominate Judicial Yuan president and vice president nominees and five grand justices by the end of August, reports said Friday, nearly a week after her previous nominations bowed out amid intense criticism.
 
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