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February, 27, 2017

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Hundreds evacuated from Regent Taipei in fire scare
Hundreds of people were evacuated from the Regent Taipei hotel early Saturday morning after a fire broke out in the five-star hotel's basement, the Taipei City Fire Department said.
 
Taiwan, U.S. state of Kentucky ink reciprocal driver's license accord
Taiwan and the U.S. state of Kentucky have signed a reciprocal agreement that allows their licensed drivers to obtain a license in each other's territory without having to take road or written tests, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
Cabinet bans sale of Chiang Kai-shek souvenirs
As part of its "transitional justice" policies, the government is removing souvenirs commemorating Chiang Kai-shek at gift shops at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall while preparing draft legislation to revamp usage of the building.
 
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.
 
The Taiwan High Court on Friday ruled against the family of former President Lee Teng-hui in a boundary dispute case, in which they stand accused of illegally occupying neighboring land.
 
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