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Committed to cross-strait status quo: Tsai
President Tsai Ing-wen reaffirmed Saturday her belief in the importance of maintaining the status quo in cross-strait relations, three months into her presidency.
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Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), who returned from a visit to the Dominican Republic on Saturday, said he believed his trip has helped promote the new Taiwan government's "steadfast diplomacy" and raised Taiwan's international visibility.
 
Tea entrepreneurs brewing up a modern-day twist on tradition
Cheap instant "bubble tea" has become one of Taiwan's best-known culinary exports -- now a new wave of entrepreneurs hopes a high-end modern take on traditional brews will also be sipped worldwide.
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President Tsai Ing-wen said Saturday that her government should not be measured by its performance in its first 100 days, as she marked the beginning of her fourth month in office.
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'Pokemon Go' players crowd Beitou Park
Crowds of "Pokemon Go" players cram into Beitou Park, Taipei, Friday, Aug. 19. Even late at night, the park has become a hot venue for capturing virtual pocket monsters, attracting many players.
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Taiwan won its first-ever gold medal with a clean sweep of five games at the International Young Physicists' Tournament (IYPT, 國際青年學生物理辯論錦標賽) last week.
 
Formosa Petrochemical Corp. (台塑石化), a privately owned fuel supplier, said Saturday that it will raise its domestic gasoline and diesel prices this week to reflect a rise in international crude oil prices.
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Taking aim
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je plays an archery game at a carnival on Saturday afternoon at the square in front of Taipei City Hall. The carnival, Countdown from 365 for 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei, was held to mark one year until the student games, which begin Aug. 19, 2017. Ko also tried his hand at billiard and weightlifting games.
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Gov't defends six-day workweek exceptions
The Labor Ministry Friday assured unions that legal allowances for more than six consecutive days of work will not become the norm, but said that given the nature of some professions, exemptions to the six-day workweek policy must still be allowed.
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Liu, Chuang into quarterfinals
Liu Wei-ting (劉威廷), right, of Chinese Taipei, kicks Aaron Cook, of Moldova, entering the men's 80-kilogram taekwondo quarterfinals of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, the morning of Friday, Aug. 19. Chuang Chia-chia (莊佳佳), of Chinese Taipei, also qualified for the quarterfinals.
 
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