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Friday, July 18, 2014
The National Economic and Social Development Board of Thailand (NESDB) will consider canceling the tourism visa fee for Taiwanese and mainland Chinese citizens for three months as part of a plan to boost tourism, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced yesterday.
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It was recently discovered that up to 96 percent of buildings on Orchid Island, which is located off Taiwan's southeastern coast, were unlawfully constructed.
 > Taitung
An international school in Taipei has excelled again this year in the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) exams, surpassing the global average by 32 percentage points.
 > Taipei
An 83-year-old man was released from detention yesterday after agreeing to pay NT$19 million in taxes and fines owed to the treasury.
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Legislative Yuan Deputy Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday expressed concern that no one would be willing to take on the post of education minister, considering the challenges that the Ministry of Education is currently facing.
Largan Precision Co. (大立光) said Thursday that its net profit for the second quarter of this year rose about 24 percent from a quarter earlier, with market analysts attributing the growth to an increase in high-end product shipments.
 > Taipei
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday that there have been reports of a tropical depression southwest of Guam that could become the tenth typhoon of this year.
Cathay Securities Corp. (國泰證券), a securities trading arm of Cathay Financial Holding Co., said Thursday that its pretax profit for the first half of this year doubled from a year earlier, with analysts attributing the growth to a strong rebound in the local bourse.
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One out of every six people who suffer a stroke is an atrial fibrillation patient, Taipei Veterans General Hospital announced yesterday.
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The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) yesterday passed an amendment to relax the travel ban currently imposed on conscription-age men to allow them to go abroad to study before completing their military training.
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