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Airport MRT line expected to get approval to run soon
After a long delay, the mass rapid transit (MRT) line between Taipei and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is expected to get the go-ahead to begin commercial operations soon, Deputy Transportation Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) said Friday.
 
2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival to stage simulated puppet show
The 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Yunlin County will feature a puppet show area as part of efforts to promote Taiwan's traditional theatrical arts, the county government said on Thursday.
 
Approved Taiwanese investment in China down sharply in 2016
The number of planned investments in China by Taiwanese companies that were approved by Taiwan's government in 2016 fell for the third consecutive year, slumping 21 percent year-on-year, the Investment Commission said Friday.
 
Full text of President Tsai's letter to Pope Francis
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) sent a letter on Jan. 5 to Pope Francis of the Catholic Church in response to the Papal Message for World Day of Peace 2017.
 
Tsai reiterates stance on maintaining cross-strait peace
In a recent letter to Pope Francis, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reiterated the Republic of China's stance on upholding Taiwan's democracy and peace in the Taiwan Strait, outlining four principles for peaceful engagement with mainland China.
 
Trump urged not to treat Taiwan as bargaining chip
Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump should stand up to Beijing over Taiwan, bring the "one China" policy into the 21st century without risking war and not make Taiwan a bargaining chip in deals with China, a Wall Street Journal opinion piece said on Thursday, one day before Trump's inauguration.
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23 Taiwanese fraud suspects arrested one year after fleeing Uganda
Taiwanese police have arrested 23 telecommunication fraud suspects who formerly operated in Uganda and allegedly stole more than 100 million Chinese yuan from a government agency in China, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Friday.
 
DPP goes on offensive over pension reform
Lawmakers from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Friday criticized opponents of the government's pension reform proposals as selfish and shameless
 
Strong cold air mass sends mercury down to 10.4 degrees in Tamsui
The arrival of a strong cold air mass from China on Friday has sent the mercury down to 10.4 degrees in Tamsui in New Taipei, the lowest temperature in a low-lying area in Taiwan this winter, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
 
Labor insurance premium rate to be raised incrementally: vice president
A draft proposal to reform Taiwan's pension system seeks to incrementally raise the labor insurance premium rate from 9.5 percent to 18 percent over a 10-year period, rather than doing so in one step, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said on Friday.
 
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