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May, 3, 2016

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Police are searching for an armed suspect who made off with NT$900,000 in a bank robbery in Kaohsiung City (高雄市) Friday afternoon.
 
By trimming the discount interest rate by 0.125 percentage points on Thursday, the central bank of Taiwan did "just about right" to keep the economy afloat in the midst of a recession, according to the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER, 台經院).
 
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 13-year prison sentence against Lee Tai-an, one of two brothers convicted of conspiring to murder a Vietnamese woman by deliberately derailing a train 10 years ago to collect on her life insurance.
 
Investigation under way after fire in New Taipei claims six
New Taipei officials said that "human factors" have not been ruled out as the cause of a fire in the northern city early Wednesday morning that claimed six lives, as an investigation into the incident continued.
 
Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) announced Wednesday that this year's dengue fever season has begun in his city, and he ordered that measures be carried out to prevent mosquitoes that carry the virus from breeding and spreading.
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An arbitration hearing on Wednesday granted Farglory Group (遠雄集團) an extension of 110 days to complete the Taipei Dome (大巨蛋).
 
A Kaohsiung-based environmental protection group on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction with a decision by the local administrative court that revokes penalties sought by the city government for Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE, 日月光) for a leak of toxic wastewater from its biggest plant in the city.
 
A committee to manage and monitor the use of more than NT$3.6 billion (US$110.92 million) in donations for relief following the Feb. 6 earthquake in Tainan, Southern Taiwan, was inaugurated Tuesday.
 
Stones picked up by Chinese tourists at two of Taitung's scenic spots have been returned to the seashore, the East Coast National Scenic Area Administration under the Tourism Bureau said Monday.
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Two runaway workers from Indonesia were caught in the southern county of Chiayi during a police raid early this month after they exposed their whereabouts on a Facebook post made to show off the money they had earned since absconding from their jobs, according to the Chiayi County Police Bureau.
 
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