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School restroom goes gender neutral
A boy and girl are shown in a new gender-neutral restroom at Taipei Municipal Min Sheng Junior High School on Monday, Nov. 21.
 
Celebrating spoonbills
Black-faced spoonbills are seen in the Aogu Wetland and Forest Park (鰲鼓濕地森林園區) in this photo released by the Chiayi Forest Bureau on Monday, Nov. 21. The bureau will hold a series of events, including guided bird-watching tours and "mobile museum" events to mark the fourth anniversary of the park.
 
Autumn Struggle on Nov. 27
Organizers of the left-wing Autumn Struggle (秋鬥) demonstration hold a board with the Chinese characters for "scam ring" at a press event in Taipei on Monday, Nov. 21. This year, the annual protest will be held on Nov. 27 under the theme "people demand justice, unmasking false transition."
 
A magnitude 4.0 earthquake jolted Southern Taiwan at 2:38 p.m. Monday and was felt at an intensity of 3 in Taoyuan District of Kaohsiung and 2 in Dapu Township in Chiayi County, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
 
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je will start next year to promote green rooftops as part of an effort to realize his stated goal of turning Taipei into a "garden city."
 
Love River challenge
Swimmers are seen in Kaohsiung's Love River on Sunday, Nov. 20. Around 2,000 participants joined the 2-kilometer morning swim. The first batch of swimmers were around 100 physically challenged participants, followed by around 2,000 swimmers. Some swimmers chose to remain dry on the sidelines, citing concerns over water quality.
 
Suspicious powder found at Taoyuan Airport
A bomb squad was called in to the Taoyuan airport Saturday after ground crew stumbled on what they believed to be a broken bottle containing gunpowder.
 
Fishy deaths
Dead fish are seen on the bank of Chungkang Creek in Miaoli County Friday on Nov. 18. The local official who took the photo estimated that there were more than 10,000 putrefying fish stretching over several kilometers along the mouth of the creek. The cause of the deaths was not known.
 
A man was subdued by MRT security guards after brandishing a knife on board a train on the Songshan-Xindian Line of the Taipei Metro system Friday evening.
 
A Bulgarian man was arrested in New Taipei on Thursday while he was trying to withdraw money from a bank's automated teller machine with a forged credit card, city police said Friday.
 
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