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A man was subdued by MRT security guards after brandishing a knife on board a train on the Songshan-Xindian Line of the Taipei Metro system Friday evening.
 
A Bulgarian man was arrested in New Taipei on Thursday while he was trying to withdraw money from a bank's automated teller machine with a forged credit card, city police said Friday.
 
Vote for me!
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) stands surrounded by mascots at a city council meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17. Taipei City councilor Hsu Shu-hua (許淑華) of the Democratic Progressive Party asked the city council to host a popular election to vote for a mascot to represent the city.
 
First homegrown light-rail carriage completed, unveiled
The first domestically built tram for a light-rail transport system in Northern Taiwan has been completed and was introduced to the public on Wednesday by New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫).
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The family of a Taiwanese fisherman killed after the Navy accidentally fired a supersonic missile in July has received compensation from the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
 
Eco-friendly luxury
A steel beam is lifted to the top of the Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower (Agora Garden Tower) at a ceremony marking a major step toward completing the construction of the luxury apartment building in Taipei, on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
 
Under the microscope
Technology and Science Minister Yang Hung-duen, standing, fields lawmakers' questions about a fraud scandal centered on a National Taiwan University research team, Taipei, Wednesday, Nov. 16. The university's president, Yang Pan-chyr, is co-author of one of five cancer research articles that have been retracted since fraud allegations emerged. Yang said the government had demanded that National Taiwan University present a report after an investigation into the alleged academic fraud.
 
The air quality in Kaohsiung and Pingtung was poor on Wednesday, with the concentration of fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) at hazardous levels, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said.
 
Spy or lover?
Taipei City Councilor Chen Yen-po, center, takes questions about the latest twist in his extramarital affair scandal, Wednesday, Nov. 16. Chen in September made a public apology following revelations that he had an affair with a National Security Bureau officer surnamed Huang.
 
The Port of Hualien passed the final-stage inspections for EcoPort certification so that it can receive certification from the European Seaports Organization (ESPO), the Hualien branch of the Taiwan International Ports Corp. (TIPC) said.
 
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