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September, 27, 2016

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Workers and employers across Taiwan are facing confusion over whether five national holidays that were canceled by the previous government have been reinstated as promised by the new one.
 
A Taiwanese court has sentenced a former intelligence officer to 18 years in prison for reportedly working as a double agent and spying for China as relations worsen with Beijing.
 
Gasoline and diesel prices in Taiwan are likely to fall slightly next week as a stronger Taiwan dollar has offset an increase in international crude oil prices, market sources said Friday.
 
No one was injured when an emergency evacuation slide on a TransAsia Airways Airbus A320 passenger plane parked at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport suddenly popped open Friday.
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The U.S. State Department on Thursday expressed support for Taiwan's meaningful participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a U.N. specialized agency, as Taiwan seeks to take part in the ICAO meeting for a second time in recent years.
 
A gas station that will be built in Taoyuan by the American warehouse club Costco Wholesale Corp. is unlikely to have any significant effect on other fuel suppliers in the domestic market, two local companies said Friday.
 
Four absconded Vietnamese workers were arrested by police in Kaohsiung Friday, two of whom were found to be in illegal possession of weapons and drugs, according to local police.
 
Shore is a predicament
A mainland Chinese fishing vessel was found stranded in front of an oyster field near Kuningtou (古寧頭) village on the outlying island of Kinmen on Friday morning, but later sailed slowly to the Wutung water area of Xiamen on rising tides at around 3:00 p.m.
 
The U.S. dollar fell against the New Taiwan dollar Friday, gaining NT$0.070 to close at NT$31.330 after moving in a quiet session without fresh indication for traders, dealers said.
 
Taiwan ranks 32nd on a health-related index that assesses 188 countries and territories around the world, with Iceland topping the list, according to research recently published by medical journal The Lancet.
 
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