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City council roasts an embattled Ko, tells him to 'shut his mouth'
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) knew it was going to be a tough Tuesday afternoon at the city council, coming prepared with several medicinal pills and Buddhist scriptures at the ready in a face off with council members.
 
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je on Tuesday released a video on his Facebook page promoting an animal-assisted therapy program aimed at turning stray dogs into patient's companions, and he also appealed for donations.
 
Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Sunday that the full amount of NT$4 billion (US$123.3 million) in donations received by the city government after a deadly earthquake in February will be put toward the relief and recovery efforts in the city.
 
More than 100 foreign students took part in the annual Dajia Matsu pilgrimage in Taichung on Saturday, alongside hundreds of thousands of local pilgrims.
 
Taipei Mayor Ko vows to listen to voices of the people as supporters dwindle
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) vowed Friday to listen to the voices of the people, a city government spokesman said, after a new opinion poll showed the number of Ko's detractors exceeding his backers for the first time.
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The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA, 台鐵) on Friday rejected demands made by Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) that the Puyuma Express trains (普悠瑪列車) make an additional stop in Zhongli (中壢) in its western route from Taipei to Chaozhou (潮州).
 
A counterfeiting operation allegedly responsible for producing forged NT$50 coins, which were circulating in Southern Taiwan, was brought down in Tainan City last month, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事局) said.
 
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) commended four Italian nuns of the Sacro Costato Missionary Sisters of Hsinchu city and county in Taipei Friday, thanking and praising them for their devoted services in the education of young children in the area.
 
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je's approval rating has fallen to only 38 percent, while disapproval figures have risen to 42 percent, crossing each other in terms of Ko's dwindling popularity, according to a TVBS poll on Thursday.
 
The efforts to clean up the oil spill along the New Taipei shoreline caused by a shattered container ship are expected to be completed by May 15, Mayor Eric Chu said Thursday.
 
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