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June, 1, 2016

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The temperatures detected in seven weather stations around Taiwan Sunday set new highs for the year due to southwesterly winds and a strong high pressure system over the Pacific Ocean, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.
 
A total of 213,093 babies were born in Taiwan in 2015, an increase of 0.8 percent from the previous year, according to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior.
 
A Taiwanese couple in the southern city of Kaohsiung had tested negative for the mosquito-borne Zika virus during an initial examination, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday, adding that a further test is needed to confirm whether they are infected.
 
Transportation officials are preparing to work with police in the country's six municipalities in June to step up their crackdown on Uber, a ride-sharing service provider that has become popular in Taiwan although it remains illegal.
 
The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) announced Friday an overhaul of its timetable in conjunction with the inauguration of its Nangang station July 1.
 
Formosa Petrochemical Corp. said Saturday that it has decided to lower its diesel prices but leave gasoline prices unchanged for this week.
 
Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung (李世光) reiterated Friday that it remains the government's goal to phase out nuclear power by 2025, despite a plan that would extend the service of the country's first nuclear power plant.
 
Ma Ying-jeou, who stepped down as president just over a week ago, on Saturday dismissed an online rumor that he has decided to give up his retirement benefits.
 
President Tsai praises WHA mission as a success
President Tsai Ing-wen described the nation's World Health Assembly delegation to Geneva as a "successful mission," stating on Friday that Taiwan's standing at the WHA had not been "downgraded," despite attending under the moniker "Chinese Taipei."
 
The Legislative Yuan passed an amendment to the Local Government Act on Friday that will require city and county councilors to cast open ballots when electing the speakers and deputy speakers of their assemblies to prevent vote buying.
 
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