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New 'Fortune Monkey' lantern design for Taipei festival attracts criticism
The 2016 Taipei Lantern Festival (臺北燈節) will kick off on Feb. 20 and the main attraction is a 14.2-meter-tall, gourd-shaped "Fortune Monkey," the Taipei City Government announced.
 
A freshman at National Taiwan University (NTU), who lost all vital signs after he reportedly hanged himself from a tree during a ghost game, has been resuscitated but is still in a coma, police said Thursday.
 
A ring allegedly selling modified arms was recently busted after six months of investigations, under charges of violent debt-collection methods, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) stated.
 
Falling tile incidents on the rise in Taipei, 2 injured so far
The severe cold seen in Taiwan over the past three days took its toll not only on Taipei residents but also on the city's buildings, with tiles peeling off the exterior walls of its structures 35 times since Jan. 23, injuring two people.
 
Police arrested a man Sunday, nearly 19 years after he allegedly stabbed a woman to death in Jingmei, Taipei and robbed her of NT$60,000 (US$1,800), before fleeing, police said Monday.
 
Snow falls on Yangmingshan
A strong cold snap brought rare snowfall to Yangmingshan on the outskirts of Taipei Saturday evening, the Central Weather Bureau said that day.
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Dihua Street (迪化街), known for the merchandise sold for the annual Chinese New Year, will be launched this year on Jan. 23.
 
A man living in Keelung was sentenced to six months in jail by a district court Monday for throwing a poodle to the ground from the roof of a six-floor apartment building, causing the dog's instant death.
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National Taiwan University (NTU) on Monday decided to punish a student from Macau for his involvement in a cat abuse case that stirred widespread public outrage.
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Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Friday that he would make the "greatest efforts" to see to the smooth demolition of Zhongxiao Bridge (忠孝橋) and that relevant supporting institutions would oversee the completion of the project.
 
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