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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said Saturday his city would be well-prepared for any "tricks" that the mainland Chinese side may pull during an upcoming cross-strait forum, to which Shanghai is sending a highly ideological figure as head of its delegation.
 
A Northern Taiwan-based loan shark ring run by a naturalized citizen who allegedly forced Vietnamese to work as prostitutes to pay her debts was busted earlier this month, announced the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事局).
 
Taipei gov't censured over Dome contract
The Control Yuan Thursday approved a proposal from three of its members to censure the Taipei City Government for "breaking the trust" of its partner of the BOT (build-operate-transfer) project of the Taipei Dome.
 
Taipei Zoo giraffe dies during shipping process
A seven-year-old giraffe has died while being shipped to Leofoo Village Zoo in order to participate in a breeding program Wednesday, with zoo authorities citing a myriad of reasons as causes of its death.
 
The 2017 New Year's fireworks display at the Taipei 101 skyscraper will be partially replaced by a light show, the first time that lighting will be added to the annual extravaganza, Taipei 101 spokesman Michael Liu announced Wednesday.
 
Beginning Aug. 15, Taipei residents can dispose of their suitcases, helmets, umbrellas and trophies simply by handing them over to garbage truck workers, who will collect them for recycling and reuse.
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'Pokemon Go' available to local gamers
"Pokemon Go," a hit mobile game worldwide, became available in Taiwan starting Saturday, to the excitement of Taiwanese game players who had long awaited the global phenomena, complaining they could not join their foreign counterparts to catch "monsters."
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For senior citizens only
Senior residents play a game at a sporting center converted from a now-defunct agricultural products packaging plant in Beitou District, Taipei City. This is the first sporting center built exclusively use by senior citizens in Taipei. The local government said it planned to set up another six centers of its kind in other districts.
 
'Fresh off the Boat' to shoot in Taipei
Cast members of the U.S. television comedy "Fresh off the Boat" sent a message to fans as it continued to scout for locations in Taipei.
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Organizers are expecting a record high of over 160,000 visitors to this year's Taiwan Culinary Exhibition (TCE, 台灣美食展), which kicked off Friday in Taipei's World Trade Center Hall 1.
 
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