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Business leaders and labor unions expressed dissatisfaction Wednesday with the passage of a bill that eliminates seven statutory holidays and increases annual paid leave and overtime pay.
Taiwan's top intelligence chief on Wednesday said the historic phone call between President Tsai Ing-wen and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump caught China by surprise but that, so far, Beijing had shown restraint instead of overreacting.
Long road for mobile payment
Far Eastern Group Chairman Hsu Hsu-tung (徐旭東) speaks at a conference about mobile payment, Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Defending traditional medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine suppliers rally outside the Ministry of Health and Welfare on Wednesday, Dec. 7, protesting against a draft bill that would ban them from dispensing medicine to treat specific ailments.
Taiwan-based smartphone brand HTC Corp. (宏達電), which has intensified efforts to enter the global virtual reality market, held the first-ever Vive X Demo Day on Dec. 7 to demonstrate the achievements of startups in VR development.
The processing fee for Taiwanese applying to visit Ireland under a working holiday program will rise to NT$1,500 starting next year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced.
Pricier premiums
Kuomintang lawmakers hold a press conference on President Tsai Ing-wen's National Health Insurance policy for foreign students, Wednesday, Dec. 7. Tsai has approved a plan to increase health insurance premiums for foreign students from NT$749 to NT$1,249 per month, lawmakers said.
At your service
EVA Air's new helping hand Pepper offers a sneak peek of its offerings, Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Token of thanks
Mongolian horse "Yung Chun" kisses its keeper in this photo provided by the Taipei Zoo on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The zoo said Yung Chun often shows appreciation when its hair is being combed by touching its keeper with its nose or mouth.
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The Kuomintang (KMT) on Wednesday announced a three-pronged strategy -- mass demonstrations, legislative recalls and a referendum -- to fight the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on the issue of Japanese food imports from areas hit by the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
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