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Military tests new recruits for drugs after amphetamines found on base
The military is now conducting urine tests on new recruits to make sure they are not using illicit drugs, the Defense Ministry said on Friday.
 
'Pokemon Go' features Pikachu in a party hat for Pokemon Day
Game app "Pokemon Go" is releasing a limited edition Pikachu wearing festive party hats on Feb. 27.
 
These tacos with slow-cooked beef are good any day of the week
In a large, heavy skillet over high heat, heat the oil. Sear the beef on all sides until browned.
 
Cabinet wants to ban sale of Chiang Kai-shek souvenirs
As part of its "transitional justice" policies, the Cabinet is preparing draft amendments that aim to ban souvenirs featuring former President Chiang Kai-shek from being sold at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
 
Heavy rain alerts issued for northern Taiwan
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued heavy rain alerts for several areas in northern Taiwan on Saturday, predicting cold and wet weather for the northern part of the country that day as a strong cold air mass from China continues its grip on Taiwan.
 
Freeway Toll Collectors Self-Help Organization and Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union members braved the rain to hold a mass protest Friday afternoon, demanding that the government abide by the no-free-riding union clause.
 
Up to 55 percent of manufacturing businesses have been adversely impacted by the new "one fixed, one flexible" day off labor policy since it was put into effect two months ago, according a survey released Friday by 1111 Job Bank.
 
More and more Taiwanese have participated in pedestrian road races in recent years, but more than 50 percent of these races do not follow the law when it comes to issuing refunds, the Consumers' Foundation said Friday.
 
Drought defense
A C-130 Hercules military aircraft assists in a rain-making project in Northern Taiwan on Friday, Feb. 24. The Water Resources Agency has issued water shortage alerts in the past few days, while announcing water restrictions in several areas in New Taipei City starting March 1. Seeking to take advantage of the cold front, the government conducted a cloud seeding operation to produce rain. The Air Force joined the project on Friday, deploying military aircraft from Southern Taiwan to the north, where the water shortage is more severe.
 
Beautiful art or ear torture?
A performer of traditional Chinese Opera performs the classic works "Mu Quei Ying" and "Hong Bi Yuan" during a press event at the Peking Opera Showcase in Taipei on Tuesday, Feb. 21. "Mu Quei Ying," one of famous Chinese operas, and will be performed for three days starting March 3.
 
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