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President Ma Ying-jeou reaffirmed Thursday that Taiwan will uphold the freedom of its fishermen to operate on the high seas and will not budge on this position.
 
Daytime temperatures in northern Taiwan dropped by around six degrees Celsius as of Thursday morning, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) reported.
 
The Supreme Administrative Court has ruled in favor of the Hualien government in a lawsuit against a Taipei Power Company (Taipower) coal-fired electricity plant that had been fined more than NT$440 million for pollution.
 
Magnitude-5.6 quake shakes eastern Taiwan
A magnitude-5.6 earthquake hit eastern Taiwan at 11:17 p.m. Wednesday, with Yilan area to the north of Hualien registering an intensity of five. No injuries were immediately reported.
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Investigation Bureau finds 100 fake US$1 mil. notes
The Justice Ministry's Investigation Bureau (調查局) said it confiscated 100 counterfeit US$1 million banknotes from the home of a Nantou County man, who had tried to donate one to a foundation.
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Recession for 10th straight month; 2nd longest streak: data
The economic monitoring indicator flashed the "blue" signal in March to indicate recession for the 10th consecutive month, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Development Council (NDC, 國發會).
 
Legislators were markedly more abrasive toward Academia Sinica President Wong Chi-huei (翁啟惠) on Wednesday as he avoided mounting calls for him to step down following his indictment in the recent OBI Pharma (台灣浩鼎) case -- Legislators eventually passed a motion calling for his immediate resignation.
 
The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Wednesday that it will step up efforts to protect Taiwanese fishermen's fishing rights in international waters, in response to the seizure of a Taiwanese fishing boat by the Japanese authorities near the disputed Okinotorishima reef in the Pacific earlier in the week.
 
Facing a call for relaxation of the law that bars married underage children of naturalized people from the list of those allowed to apply for naturalization, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) has said it would be inappropriate to lift such a ban in haste.
 
A Chinese intelligence agent was sentenced to a four-year prison term under charges of violating the National Security Act (國家安全法) after the High Court on Wednesday upheld a ruling previously imposed by the lower court.
 
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