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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.
 
Nearly 8,000 members of Yeh clan gather at Taoyuan family shrine
Nearly 8,000 people from the same clan packed their ancestral shrine in the Northern Taiwan municipal city of Taoyuan Monday to take part in a group ceremony during the Tomb Sweeping Festival to worship their ancestors.
 
Man makes off with NT$235,000 in bank heist
A man made off with about NT$235,000 (US$7,288) in a bank heist in Yilan, Northeastern Taiwan on Friday, police said.
 
The Taipei City government is keeping close tabs on public opinion polls on Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and will "humbly review them" after the latest poll showed his approval rating dipping to a new low, a city spokesman said Friday.
 
Ten members of a gang that was allegedly involved in a series of illicit activities including coercion and violent debt collecting were recently arrested in New Taipei City, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事局) has announced.
 
A second Taipei City councilor is being scrutinized this month for over-reporting the number of aides employed to cash in on a government allowance.
 
The youngest victim in a colored powder blast at a New Taipei water park last summer will be discharged from hospital after nine months of treatment and rehabilitation, the Taipei Veterans General Hospital said Wednesday.
 
Two men have been arrested at Kaohsiung International Airport after they were found to be carrying more than 10 kilograms of methamphetamine worth NT$3 million (US$92,750) in market value to Japan Tuesday, Kaohsiung aviation police said Wednesday.
 
Two Taiwanese men and five Vietnamese migrant workers were arrested Wednesday for allegedly engaging in illegal logging in the Alishan mountain area in Chiayi County.
 
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