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Taipei, April 30 (CNA) Premier Simon Chang and his Cabinet will resign en masse on May 12 in preparation for the swearing-in of the new administration of President-elect Tsai Ing-wen. Executive Yuan Spokesman Sun Lih-chyun said Saturday.
 
Tsai pledges to safeguard rights of fishermen at sea
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen on Friday said she will protect Taiwanese fishermen's rights in the wake of Japan's seizure of a Taiwanese vessel Monday in waters near a Pacific Ocean atoll claimed by Tokyo.
 
KMT occupies speaker podium in protest of blocked curriculum bill
In a historic moment on Friday morning, Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers occupied the legislative speaker's podium in protest of the retracted controversial high school curriculum guidelines and another bill that were passed by the majority Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
 
Classical Chinese painter Liao Chun-mu awarded 'chief cultural ambassador' title
Showered with dozens of prizes over the past two years for his achievements in culture, literature and the arts, Taiwanese artist Liao Chun-mu (廖俊穆) has been awarded the title of Chief Ambassador of Intangible Cultural Heritage by the Chinese Culture and Arts Association (中國文化藝術協會).
 
The Judicial Yuan's grand justices concluded Friday that suspects detained by the court and the suspects' lawyers should have access to the evidence on which a detainment ruling is based.
 
Economics minister-designate Lee Chih-kung disclosed Friday that he holds United States citizenship, but said he is in the process of renouncing it.
 
20 quakes in Hualien overnight worry scientists
Geoscientists are looking into whether Taiwan has entered a relatively active seismic period, after the Hualien (花蓮) region saw more than twenty earthquakes continuing through the night until early Thursday morning.
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Premier-designate Lin rounds up Cabinet appointments
Premier-designate Lin Chuan (林全) completed his minister appointments through his fifth announcement of Cabinet personnel on Thursday, stating that the process was particularly difficult.
 
President Ma Ying-jeou reaffirmed Thursday that Taiwan will uphold the freedom of its fishermen to operate on the high seas and will not budge on this position.
 
Daytime temperatures in northern Taiwan dropped by around six degrees Celsius as of Thursday morning, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) reported.
 
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