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With around a month to go until the World Health Organization's (WHO) late-May World Health Assembly (WHA), Taiwan is still anxiously awaiting an invitation.
 
For this year's Mother's Day, Taiwan's top duty-free shop chain Ever Rich (昇恆昌) is bringing back its popular pineapple brownies -- which sold tens of thousands within their first week on the market.
 
The perfect tomato
In this photo supplied by the Agriculture and Food Agency, a young man and his father hold clusters of the "jade lady cherry tomato" (玉女蕃茄). Lin Ju-huang (林矩煌), 27, is a chef-turned-farmer who has applied his skills in the kitchen to cook up the perfect tomato fertilizer: garlic-infused water, chili peppers and a blend of secret Chinese medicinal herbs.
 
Don't feed the fish
In this undated file photo, a scuba diver is surrounded by tropical fish in Kenting National Park, Pingtung. Park administrators said Thursday they would now strictly enforce the rule that visitors may not feed the wild animals in the park -- a violation subject to a NT$3,000 fine. Home to sika deer, monkeys and rare fish, Kenting has seen a rash of visitors using food to get the animals' attention, park administrators said.
 
Pension protesters vs. Tsai administration
President Tsai Ing-wen said violence "would not slow the pace of reform," after protesters outside the Legislative Yuan physically attacked lawmakers prior to a review of two pension reform bills.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen administration's pension reform efforts ran into a new roadblock Wednesday, with a legislative committee announcing that the review of reform bills would be halted until at least May so that two public hearings could be held on the issue.
 
Violence erupts at Legislature
Physical conflict, ranging from legislators doused with water to a deputy mayor shoved into barbed wire -- broke out Wednesday as anti-pension reform protesters tried to block pro-reform lawmakers from entering the Legislative Yuan.
 
Dr. Ko's on the case
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), famously a surgeon before he entered politics, examines Deputy Taipei Mayor Charles Lin's (林欽榮) wound, Wednesday, April 18.
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If you bring in extra undeclared cash, be prepared to lose it
Regulations prohibiting travelers from entering or leaving Taiwan with excessive sums of undeclared cash have been tightened, so that from June 28, anyone trying to bring in or out NT$100,000 (US$3,287) or more in cash without declaring it will face having the money immediately confiscated.
 
Punishment urged after Maori king called 'useless'
A ruling party lawmaker on Wednesday called on the Foreign Ministry to punish Taiwan's incoming top envoy to Australia for reportedly calling the leader of New Zealand's Maori community "useless."
 
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