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Keeping our lanterns safe
Taiwan SWAT personnel patrol the streets in Ximending, Taipei, on Thursday, Feb. 9, during the Taipei Lantern Festival. Turnout at the festival was not dampened even with the cold weather rolling in this week, reports say. The Taipei Lantern Festival kicked off last week and will last until, Sunday Feb. 12.
 
Tamsui records lowest temperature of year at 7.3 degrees
With the arrival of a cold mass the mercury in Tamsui, New Taipei dipped to 7.3 degrees Celsius at 7:28 p.m. on Thursday, the lowest this year, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
 
Taichung launches Matsu tourism festival
The Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Taichung City Government has been organizing a series events and performances as parts of the 2017 Mazu International Tourism Festival.
 
Nantou attractions
Cherry blossoms are in bloom at the Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area (奧萬大) in central Taiwan's Nantou County. The Forestry Bureau welcomes visitors to Aowanda to observe Taiwan's cherry blossoms.
 
Traffic controls announced for Yangmingshan flower festival
Traffic controls will be imposed around the Yangmingshan National Park in Taipei on certain days during its annual flower festival between Feb. 10 and March 19, to cope with the large number of tourists expected to throng the area, the city's Public Transportation Office said Wednesday.
 
Machete-slashed clerk has arm reattached
The arm of a convenience store clerk, which was nearly severed in a grisly robbery in New Taipei, was successfully sutured back on Monday after 13 hours of intensive microsurgical operation, according to Central News Agency (CNA).
 
Taichung truck tragedy
A semi-trailer truck is shown after falling into the ocean off the Port of Taichung. When the truck was located on Monday, authorities found it floating on the sea at the Port of Taichung. Authorities said the driver is missing.
 
In the wake of a murder-suicide that left a man and his two children dead, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday said more efforts were needed to educate Taiwanese parents about their children's right to live.
 
Greater Taipei forum to be held in March: Eric Chu
New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu announced Monday that his city would host a forum with neighboring Taipei City in March to discuss infrastructure projects concerning the greater Taipei region.
 
A Beitou man on Sunday murdered two of his children while severely injuring another before taking his own life, authorities said.
 
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