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May, 28, 2016

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Drumming up charity
Vice President Chen Chien-jen, right, beats drumsticks together at a charity event in Hsinchu City, Sunday, May 22. Chen participated at an event held by the St. Joseph Social Welfare Foundation, a Christian organization which was founded in 2006 to help people with disabilities.
 
Lee Yung-te (李永得) was sworn in as chairman of the Hakka Affairs Council (HAC, 客委會) on Friday along with the new cabinet, returning him to a post he held from 2005 to 2008.
 
During the Dragon Boat Festival extended holidays this year, there will no longer be toll-free service for all lanes on national highways, the Apple Daily cited the Ministry of Transportation and Communications as saying, Sunday.
 
Former President Ma finds common ground in Tsai's inauguration speech
Former President Ma Ying-jeou on Saturday indicated that his successor's inaugural statement on cross-strait affairs was similar to remarks he had made during his eight years in office.
 
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Saturday confirmed Taiwan's second imported case of Zika virus infection.
 
New Education Minister Pan Wen-chung unveiled several major policies on Saturday, including the scrapping of the controversial adjustment of guidelines for high school history textbooks.
 
The military will continue to build up the country's self-defense capability through various indigenous weapons development projects covering aircraft and submarines, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a report Saturday.
 
Icing on the cake
New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu, second from left, and senior students, jointly cut a birthday cake to celebrate the 100th founding anniversary of the Shifen Elementary School, New Taipei, Saturday, May 21.
 
Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong said Saturday he will give top priority to improving public safety, according to a report from the Central News Agency.
 
Several Chinese academics gave a positive view on President Tsai Ing-wen's stance on relations across the Taiwan Strait outlined in her inauguration speech Friday.
 
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