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A young woman allegedly committed suicide after killing her 83-year-old grandmother in Taoyuan Saturday in what is believed to be the "result of concerns over an uncertain future," police said.
 
Typhoon Nepartak ravaged Taitung Friday, bringing heavy rain and the strongest wind in 61 years to the southeastern county.
 
Police authorities in Northern Taiwan recently busted a narcotic ring that planned to sell illicit drugs in a New Taipei rock festival to be held later this month, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事警察局) has announced.
 
Taipei 101 was awarded the top honor Thursday of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system, achieving the highest level of Platinum in the category of Operation and Maintenance of an Existing Building.
 
Bird-flu affected farm
Inspectors in full protective gear examine a geese farm in Hualien in this photo provided by the eastern county's animal and plant quarantine department on Friday, July 8. The inspection was conducted in the wake of reports about geese deaths at the farm. Test results showed that the dead geese there were infected by H5 bird flu viruses, the department said.
 
Taking the mall by storm
Consumers gather outside the entrance of the Fengyuan branch of Pacific Department Store in central Taichung City well before doors opened at 2 p.m., Friday, July 8. Many shoppers were eager to make use of the extra typhoon holiday. The city reported little wind or rain despite Typhoon Nepartak ravaging parts of Eastern and Southern Taiwan.
 
The China International Tourism Association (CITA) will hold an exhibition to mark its 20th anniversary, as well as the 60th birthday of its director-general in Taipei, July 9.
 
Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang Wednesday met two members of Assemble, a British group of young architects and designers who won the prestigious Turner Prize for art.
 
Gambling with the law
Gamblers and a dealer are seen at an illegal Texas Hold 'Em casino in Taipei on Thursday, July 7. Police said that the operator of the casino hired an attractive woman as a dealer and used messaging apps such as Line and WeChat to draw young gamblers.
 
Military and government authorities said Thursday that they are on standby for disaster response as Super Typhoon Nepartak, which is expected to bring heavy rain and strong wind to Taiwan, continued its approach toward the country.
 
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