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May, 4, 2016

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A man convicted of murder and jailed for the past 14 years now has a chance to clear his name, as the Taichung Branch of the Taiwan High Court on Monday granted a retrial and a halt to punishments in the case of Cheng Hsing-tse (鄭性澤).
 
The Ministry of National Defense said Monday that it has adhered to the country's policy and has no plans to deploy air-defense missile systems on Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island, the largest of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
 
Residential and commercial property transactions in Taiwan's six major metropolitan areas rose more than 7 percent in April from a month earlier after the country's central bank eased credit controls on property loans.
 
Prosecutors on Monday decided against charging 12 members of the military police for conducting a controversial search in February of a man, surnamed Wei, alleged to be in possession of classified Cold War era documents.
 
The National Health Research Institutes (國衛院, NHRI) revealed on Monday that only 0.8 percent of pork products sold in the market in recent years contained feed additive ractopamine or other muscle-enhancing drugs.
 
Temperatures in Taipei rose to 34 degrees Celsius on Monday afternoon, the highest in the city so far this year, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.
 
Of the 4,341 suicides and suicide attempts reported to a crisis center in Taipei in 2015, 15 percent of them were said to be related to stress at work, according to statistics from the city government's Suicide Prevention Center.
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Fighter deployment to Penghu continues
The Air Force continues its annual deployment of its "Sky Colt" wing to Penghu's Magong Airport as part of the nation's first line of defense, according to the Central News Agency.
 
Tsai vows to carry out labor policy amid protest
Amid a protest by labor groups in Taipei Sunday to mark May 1 Labor Day, President-elect Tsai Ing-wen reiterated her pledge that the incoming government will carry out her labor policy.
 
President Ma Ying-jeou unveiled a new monument Friday in the former military stronghold of Kinmen to highlight the peace achieved in the Taiwan Strait on the 23rd anniversary of cross-strait talks.
 
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