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President Tsai praises WHA mission as a success
President Tsai Ing-wen described the nation's World Health Assembly delegation to Geneva as a "successful mission," stating on Friday that Taiwan's standing at the WHA had not been "downgraded," despite attending under the moniker "Chinese Taipei."
 
Next AEAR head pledges to promote Taiwan-Japan ties amid fishing row
The incoming head of a semi-official body responsible for Taiwan-Japan relations said Friday he would do his best to promote a closer relationship in the wake of a recent fishery incident that complicated bilateral ties for more than a month.
 
The Legislative Yuan passed an amendment to the Local Government Act on Friday that will require city and county councilors to cast open ballots when electing the speakers and deputy speakers of their assemblies to prevent vote buying.
 
National health insurance card holders will no longer have to fear a card freeze upon delayed payments, after the new government cancels the previous freeze policy as early as the end of May, the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA, 健保署) announced Friday.
 
Premier Lin Chuan (林全) and Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) met Friday to discuss public housing policy and laid out the groundwork for future measures.
 
The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Friday clarified Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung's previous remarks about the criteria for not raising electricity prices.
 
A female paratrooper suffered minor injuries in a failed jump attempt during a training session held in southern Kaohsiung city on Friday morning, the Taiwan military said.
 
The New Southbound Policy Office under the Presidential Office will begin its mission of expanding the Southeast Asian market with a plan aimed at boosting visits by Southeast Asian tourists to Taiwan through visa-free privileges, the head of the office said Friday.
 
Shares in Taiwan moved higher Friday as investors were encouraged by a deal to set up an integrated circuit packaging and testing firm in Taiwan, prompting them to pick up semiconductor stocks, dealers said.
 
More than 80 percent of local people identify with Taiwan, and over half of them favor independence for the country, according to a survey published Friday by a foundation.
 
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