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Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), center, poses behind a water pipe with other officials at the opening ceremony for this year's International Water Show in Kaohsiung on Thursday, Oct. 20.
It's a dog's life
Local socialite and the face of high-end department store Breeze Sun Yun-yun (孫芸芸), left, poses with her older sister Sun Yen-yen (孫瑩瑩), right, at a charity fundraiser for the Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Taipei on Thursday, Oct. 20. Sun Yun-yun, who launched her own jewelry line YUN YUN SUN in 2006, designed limited-edition bracelets for the event -- a matching set for both the owner and the pooch.
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Four people have been confirmed HIV- positive after using a home quick-test program launched by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) last month.
Shares in Taiwan reached a 15-month high in mid-session Thursday on the back of a strong performance by electronics and plastics shares.
The idea of retail investors owning shares of smartphone camera lens supplier Largan Precision Co. (大立光), the most expensive stock in the local equity market, will no longer be a dream, thanks to a new investment mechanism, the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) said.
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The Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER, 中華經濟研究院) on Thursday raised its forecast for Taiwan's gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2016 to 1.03 percent, in response to better-than-expected economic performance.
Taiwan has confirmed a new imported Zika virus infection, involving a Thai migrant worker, raising the total imported Zika cases to 13 in the country, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported.
Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) introduced a new train schedule on Thursday, eliminating 40 of its 930 daily train services and cutting back on the travel distance of 46 others.
The organizers of the first museum dedicated to Taiwanese "comfort women" said that they are still soliciting donations from the public, as they are NT$10 million (US$314,505) short of the needed funds.
The Cabinet decided Thursday to expand the accessibility of public kindergartens around the country to reduce the financial burden on parents, by adding 1,000 classes to accommodate 30,000 students within the next four years, with priority given to children from low-income families.
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