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Siberian white crane might be on way home
A Siberian crane that lost its way and has stayed in Taiwan for 513 days might finally be on its way home, a group reported Wednesday.
 
As members of Academia Sinica urged the dropping of a short list of candidates for its new leader, President Ma Ying-jeou continued Wednesday to mull his options on the fate of its current embattled leader, Wong Chi-huei (翁啟惠).
 
Former Vice President Annette Lu Wednesday made a sarcastic comparison between her "stupid" political career and President-elect Tsai Ing-wen's "easy" one, lamenting she had to spend more than five years in prison on her way to becoming second in command of the country.
 
Taiwan and the United Kingdom have signed an agreement to enable the transfer of prisoners between the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on Wednesday.
 
The founder of a German short film festival recently criticized the Tainan City Culture Affairs Bureau for replacing the founding team behind a Tainan short film contest with a new bidder.
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The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Wednesday that a visit by former premiers and former national security officers to Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island is intended mainly to underscore the nation's sovereignty over the largest island in the South China Sea.
 
KMT appoints new party secretary-general
The Kuomintang (KMT) confirmed the appointment of National Immigration Agency (NIA, 移民署) head Mo Tien-fu (莫天虎) as the party's new secretary-general, Wednesday.
 
A draft amendment to the Social Order Maintenance Act (社會秩序維護法) was passed in a preliminary review session on Wednesday and aims to clamp down on abuse of the 110 emergency call system by the public.
 
Agency data shows shortfall in foster families
The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families said on Wednesday that recruitment fell short by about 500 foster families in 2015.
 
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Wednesday it has no comment on suggestions by American politicians that the United States Navy should consider shifting the port call of its aircraft carriers to U.S. allies and partners, including Taiwan.
 
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