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December, 11, 2016

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Mass rally demands marriage equality
About 250,000 people flocked to a pop music concert featuring local and foreign stars held in support of same-sex marriage in Taipei Saturday, organizers said.
 
Fares cut for airport MRT line
Taoyuan and New Taipei traded verbal blows Saturday over fares for the yet-to-launch airport MRT, even after prices were cut by NT$5 to NT$20 after public outrage.
 
Seven people are missing after a Keelung-registered fishing boat capsized Friday night while operating in the seas off the coast of New Taipei City's Shimen District.
 
Taiwan came in first place at the 2016 International Junior Science Olympiad, coming close to winning all major awards at the competition.
 
Chinese military aircraft circled near Taiwan on Saturday for the second time in less than a month but did not enter the country's air defense identification zone, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said.
 
Last call for IT Month
Visitors browse at the 2016 IT Month exhibition at the Taipei World Trade Center, Saturday, Dec. 10.
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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was a logical continuation of a slowly evolving process of improved U.S.-Taiwan relations, according to John Pomfret, a former China correspondent for The Washington Post.
 
Audrey Tang (唐鳳), a minister without portfolio responsible for digital policies, encouraged the public on Friday to implement the idea of "open government" in their daily lives by participating in public affairs in their community.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated on Saturday her resolve to promote transitional justice, saying that Taiwan's government will bring forth a national fact-finding report on the White Terror in three years to shed light on the period of history in which thousands of people were persecuted for political reasons.
 
University of Iowa confers alumni award on local professor
"The students from Taiwan, who have gone to United States to study, have done a superb job over the past decades, and they are a main pillar of Sino-American cultural interchange," Alec B. Scranton, dean of the college of engineering of the University of Iowa said as he presented an Outstanding University of Iowa Alumni Award to Cheng Cheng-kung (鄭誠功) in Taipei.
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