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Since Taiwan has structural problems with its foreign trade model, the nation's export orders may not rebound even after the world economy has recovered, according to Chen Tain-jy (陳添枝), head of the National Development Council (NDC, 國發會).
 
Taiwan's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a sentence of life imprisonment against a man who was convicted of killing a grocery store owner in Taoyuan County in 2014.
 
Taiwan's top-ranked male tennis player, Lu Yen-hsun, won the Aegon Ilkley Open Trophy 2016 by defeating unseeded Frenchman Vincent Millot 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in the final of the competition Sunday (UK time).
 
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Monday forecast high temperatures and mostly sunny weather for Taiwan through Wednesday, with heavy afternoon thunderstorms in some areas.
 
The head of the National Security Bureau, who was asked by President Tsai Ing-wen to remain in his post after she took office May 20, was sworn in Monday.
 
A magnitude-5.1 earthquake off the coast of Taitung County rocked eastern Taiwan at 8:39 a.m. Monday, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
 
Minister without Portfolio Lin Mei-chu said Monday that the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission (MTAC), which she heads, should be retained but can be merged with other government departments. In a legislative hearing on the fate of the ministry-level MTAC, Lin noted that the ruling and opposition parties have agreed it should either be dissolved or integrated into some other government agencies.
 
Majority gives thumbs-up to Tsai's first month in office: think tank
Most people held favorable opinions of President Tsai Ing-wen's first month in office and believed that she upheld her promises regarding cross-strait relations, according to survey results released Monday.
 
Taiwan sets world record for highest temperature generated in wood-fired kiln
A Taiwanese wood-fired kiln designer and owner received a Guinness World Record certificate on Sunday after setting a new world record for the "highest temperature in a wood-fired kiln."
 
Southbound pivot has potential, but risks, amid cooling cross-strait relations
Around a decade ago, then-President Lee Teng-hui came up with the "Southbound Policy" to push Taiwanese businessmen to southeast Asian nations. Lee's work would be continued by ex-President Chen Shui-bian.
 
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