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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.
 
Taoyuan police seize NT$180 million worth of ketamine in drug bust
Police busted a drug ring in Taoyuan earlier this week, arresting seven suspects and seizing NT$180 million (US$5.71 million) worth of ketamine, the city's District Prosecutors Office said Friday.
 
Taiwan urged to immediately suspend death penalty
International human rights experts have called on Taiwan to suspend its use of the death penalty, expressing regret that the nation has failed to make any progress in abolishing capital punishment.
 
Uber vows to communicate with government in face of suspension order threat
Uber Taiwan extended a new olive branch to an irate local cab industry Thursday, declaring that it would collaborate with yellow taxi drivers in a service called UberTaxi.
 
Here it is: Gov't unveils pension reform plan
Vice President Chen Chien-jen announced the government's pension reform plans Thursday ahead of Sunday's national conference on the issue, with a proposal to phase out a controversial 18 percent preferential savings rate grabbing the most attention.
 
Need a passport? Step one: Send a message on Line
Booking an appointment to apply for a passport is now as easy as sending a text.
 
Kidnapped engineer thanks those who secured his release
Shen Jui-chang (沈瑞章), who returned home last year after being held captive by Somali pirates for 1,672 days, has expressed his gratitude to those who helped him get back to Taiwan safely.
 
Pension reform proposal draws mixed reviews
Reviews have been decidedly mixed for the extensive pension reform proposals presented yesterday by Vice President Chen Chien-jen, participants in the process revealed on a radio show this morning.
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Headlines from across Taiwan
Good morning, here are the top stories from around Taiwan for Friday January 20, 2017.
 
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