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February, 23, 2017

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North Korea denies it was behind killing at Malaysia airport
North Korea denied Thursday that its agents masterminded the assassination of the half brother of leader Kim Jong Un, saying a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of "holes and contradictions."
 > Korea
 
Administration lifts transgender student bathroom guidance
The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that allowed them to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities.
 
President suggests identifying perpetrators in 228 Incident
President Tsai Ing-wen said Thursday that the government will take the lead in probing the 228 Incident and find those accountable for the tragic chapter in Taiwan's history.
 
Air quality fair except parts of central, southern Taiwan
The air quality was moderate to good around the country Thursday with the exception of parts of central Taiwan and the southern regions of Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.
 
New Taipei mayor expresses condolences after city official's apparent suicide
New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu on Thursday expressed his condolences after the apparent suicide of a local government official and urged prosecutors to quickly clarify the details of the case.
 
Freeway No. 5 could see worse traffic jams over holidays
Ahead of a four-day holiday, the Transportation Ministry's Taiwan National Freeway Bureau warned on Thursday that Freeway No. 5 would likely see the worst traffic jams.
 
7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life
For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star -- and these new worlds could hold life.
 
Headlines from across Taiwan
Good morning, here are the top stories from around Taiwan for Thursday, February 23, 2017.
 
UN Syria envoy not expecting breakthrough at Geneva talks
Playing down expectations, the U.N. envoy for Syria said Wednesday he's not expecting a breakthrough in the first U.N.-mediated peace talks between government representatives and the opposition in 10 months, rather hoping to build momentum toward peace after nearly six years of war.
 > Europe
 
Revised Trump immigration order delayed until next week
The White House is pushing back the release of President Donald Trump's revamped refugee and immigration executive order until next week.
 
Mexicans weigh the daunting prospect of deportee camps
Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could be popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration's plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the U.S. illegally through this country.
 
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