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January, 23, 2017

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Headlines from across Taiwan
Good morning, here are the top stories from around Taiwan for Monday January 23, 2017.
 
Taiwan Cement president dead after fall from stairs: report
Leslie Cheng-yun Koo (辜成允), chairman and president of the Taiwan Cement Corp. (台泥), died Monday morning after sustaining critical injuries in a fall on Saturday, according to a friend of Koo. Koo was 62.
 
Now that that's over
President Tsai Ing-wen said Sunday that if pension reforms were successful, it would signify that any change could be achieved in the future.
 
Thousands rally against Tsai's pension plan
A protest against a pension reform plan culminated in a brief break-in into the Ministry of Education on Sunday.
 
Conference poses roadblock to charity lunch
Once a year there is a free lunch, but this year, it was particularly tough getting there.
 
Seafarer's death highlights interpreter shortage
"It is difficult to leave this place ... I'm often insulted by the captain, too. Here is a victim of violence on this ship," Indonesian seafarer Mualip said in his recorded video of fellow seafarer Supriyanto, who is shown sitting dazed on deck of a ship that left Pingtung's Dong Gang harbor in May.
 
Tire firm stock sees explosive growth after factory fire
Tire manufacturer Tai-feng, which saw its Zhongli factory burn down last week, has seen a dramatic NT$1.1 billion increase in market capitalization in trading following the incident.
 
Unemployment falls to 3.79% in December
Taiwan's unemployment rate fell slightly last December to 3.79 percent, with 446,000 people out of work, 9,000 fewer than in the previous month, according to government figures released Monday.
 
Environmental groups to take to the streets of Kaohsiung
Environmental groups vowed on Monday to take to the streets of Kaohsiung next month to press the government on the issue of the city's continuing air pollution.
 
Steve Chan joins race for KMT leadership
Former Health Minister Steve Chan threw his hat into the opposition Kuomintang's (KMT) leadership race on Monday, vowing to unite the party and "terminate hate" in the country.
 
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