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Taiwan's top envoy to Turkey has met with R.O.C. citizens currently detained in the country under fraud charges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Wednesday.
 
Shares in Taiwan closed higher Wednesday on the back of strong buying in large-cap stocks, in particular in the bellwether electronics sector, as investors took cues from the gains posted by high-tech stocks on Wall Street overnight to place buying orders, dealers said.
 
Based on information provided by Taiwan police, law enforcement officers in the Philippines this week raided an illegal drug factory in the Philippines, where Taiwanese citizens were working, and seized 236 kilograms of amphetamine, Taiwan investigators said Wednesday.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen expressed hope Wednesday that the United States can help Taiwan's bid for membership of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bloc.
 
Another batch of Taiwanese citizens has been detained on fraud charges overseas, this time in Turkey, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday confirming the arrest of 52 nationals.
 
Conflicting statements given by two Cabinet ministers on Monday, May 30, show government officials to not be on the same page on the status of the Japan-held Okinotori atoll.
 
Agriculture minister softens stance on US pork
Agriculture Minister Tsao Chi-hung (曹啟鴻) on Monday walked back his past claim that Taiwan would inevitably need to lift its ban on U.S. pork containing ractopamine, a controversial feed additive.
 
WHA's in a name?
Premier Lin Chuan, right, speaks to the press Saturday, May 28, about Taiwan's recent participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA). Lin lauded Health Minister Lin Tzou-yien for leading the Taiwan delegation to what he called a successful mission to the WHA.
 
Taiwan is promoting itself as the top choice for foreign nationals to learn Mandarin Chinese through a new initiative that arranges for foreign students to take part in cultural activities while learning the language in the country.
 
The New Southbound Policy Office under the Presidential Office will begin its mission of expanding the Southeast Asian market with a plan aimed at boosting visits by Southeast Asian tourists to Taiwan through visa-free privileges, the head of the office said Friday.
 
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