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August, 29, 2016

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Samsung Electronics Co. (三星) of South Korea took the top spot in smartphone sales volume in Taiwan in July due to the warm reception of its mid-range Galxay J series, according to industry sources.
 
The Tourism Bureau will offer the 2016 "Time to Taste Taiwan" program from Aug. 30 through Oct. 31, according to a press release issued by the bureau.
 
The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA, 外貿協會) plans to highlight the internet of things (IOT) at the 2016 Taipei International Electronics Show (TAITRONICS).
 
The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST, 科技部) said it had initiated a water resource and quality improvement project that would allow water to be diverted from mainland China to Kinmen County as early as 2018.
 
The Nantou County Environmental Protection Bureau (NTEPB) announced Monday it would increase water monitoring efforts in Sun Moon Lake leading up to two large-scale swimming events at the popular attraction.
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Slip-slidin' away
A young man slides down a 120-meter-long waterslide set up beside the Rainbow Bridge in Taoyuan City's Chuwei District on Saturday, Aug. 27. The waterslide was arranged by the city's Department of Tourism along with other facilities as part of the 2016 Taoyuan Chuwei Waterslide Music Party, which started Saturday.
 
Illuminating work
A low-carbon public arts space is seen at the Taipower Building on Roosevelt Road in Taipei. The newly unveiled infrastructure uses rooftop solar panels to power over 200 recycled street lights fitted with low-energy LED lamps, ensuring enough energy and light to keep the building brightly lit all day long.
 
President Tsai sees approval drop to 48.5%
President Tsai Ing-wen's approval rating slid to 48.5 percent in a survey released Friday, which showed even weaker public support for her premier.
 
Olympic gold medalist Hsu given hero's welcome in Taoyuan airport
Weightlifter Hsu Shu-ching (許淑淨), who won Taiwan's only gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, was greeted warmly by her family members and fans upon returning to Taiwan, the Central News Agency reported.
 
Foreign Ministry denies accusation of negligence
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Friday denied lawmakers' accusations that it had been negligent in the handling of a case involving a Turkish envoy who left Taiwan amid accusations of sexual harassment.
 
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