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Ma harm than good?
President Ma Ying-jeou holds a banner during a video that he posted to his Facebook page on Wednesday, May 18, in which he made fun of himself for some mistakes he made during his time in office.
 
Former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and his wife will not attend a state banquet following the inauguration of Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) as Taiwan's new president on May 20, Chen's office said Wednesday.
 
The Kuomintang (KMT) Wednesday approved the appointment of three vice chairmen and other officials, filling key posts in a reshuffle that started after Hung Hsiu-chu took the helm in March.
 
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake occurred off the coast of Southeastern Taiwan on Wednesday morning and shook much of central and eastern parts of the island, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
 
Ma bids farewell in viral video
A self-deprecating video of President Ma Ying-jeou bidding farewell to his Facebook followers went viral Wednesday, racking up some 3 million views and 200,000 likes.
 
Former Education Minister Cheng Jei-cheng (鄭瑞成) expressed deep concern Wednesday over the incoming government's focus on training students to meet industry manpower needs.
 
Taiwan panda's 'proof of life' photo debunks death rumors
The subject of the photo looks out from behind bars, with newspapers arranged in front of him to prove what day it is. This "proof of life" shot is not a scene from a kidnapping but an effort by the Taipei Zoo to debunk rumors that a prized panda recently died.
 
New bill allows student delegates to join curriculum committee
High school students could, for the first time in history, "take a seat at the table" and become members of the curriculum review committee, after the legislature passed amendments to the Senior High School Education Act (高級中等教育法) on Tuesday.
 
Tsai should prioritize economic policy: poll
Most people believe President-elect Tsai Ing-wen should not accede to the "1992 Consensus" in her inauguration speech and should prioritize the economy over cross-strait relations, according to poll results released Tuesday by the green-leaning Taiwan Thinktank.
 
Business community expresses high hopes for economic growth under Tsai
Taiwan's economy bears close ties with China. 70 percent of the nation's GDP is comprised of exports, with about 40 percent of that going to mainland China. Chinese visitors to Taiwan also make up the island's largest tourist group.
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