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Taiwan > Local > Tainan
Tainan councilors clash
A tearful Tainan City Councilor Hung Yu-feng of the Kuomintang, center, is surrounded by reporters. Hung said Acting Council Speaker Kuo Hsin-liang of the Democratic Progressive Party struck her in the face during a fracas at the Tainan City Council. She and other KMT councilors tried to prevent Kuo from convening a council meeting that would have seen the election of a new speaker.
 
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 hit Nanhua District in Tainan at 7:35 p.m. Friday, the Central Weather Bureau reported later that evening.
 
With wintering black-faced spoonbills having already been spotted on Taiwan's southwestern coast this year, the Tainan city government has organized a two-month conservation event to raise public awareness about the protection of the endangered bird.
 
Flooding in Tainan
Rainwater reaches knee-level on a street in Tainan on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Downpours became more severe after noon, causing widespread flooding in regions such as Tainan's Rende District (仁德區) and Yongkang (永康區).
 
Zhang Zhijun, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), said Thursday that cross-strait relations are facing a "grave challenge" as the current Taiwan government has refused to recognize the "1992 Consensus" and its core meaning.
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An apology was issued by the Tainan City Government Tourism Bureau on Wednesday in response to plagiarism accusations over the poster design for the southern city's famed Guanziling Hot Spring Festival.
 
Tainan City aboriginal councilor Kumu Hacyo on Tuesday called for an end to praise for the achievements of Koxinga, also known as Zheng Cheng-gong, a Ming Dynasty warlord at the center of a celebration at Koxinga Ancestral Shrine in Tainan.
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Activists protested in front of the Executive Yuan Thursday against a Japanese tobacco factory built in Tainan last year, demanding that Premier Lin Chuan (林全) revoke the firm's business license.
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'Chinese Valentine's Day'
A Taiwanese matchmaking deity Yue Lao (月老) costume figure poses at a launch event held at Silks Place Tainan on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
 
Busting the joint
A marijuana bush standing three meters tall is shown in the photo taken at a papaya farm in Tainan, Saturday, July 23. The marijuana grower, surnamed Chen, has been arrested by the police. Up to 64 marijuana bushes were found on the farm. As the planting area is in a remote location and could not be seen easily, police who had been tipped off had to pose as farmers, tracking a river and passing through waist-deep bushes to reach the farm.
 
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