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April, 29, 2016

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20 quakes in Hualien overnight worry scientists
Geoscientists are looking into whether Taiwan has entered a relatively active seismic period, after the Hualien (花蓮) region saw more than twenty earthquakes continuing through the night until early Thursday morning.
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Minister to summon Japan top envoy
Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) is scheduled to summon Japan's top envoy to Taiwan on Friday as Taipei elevates its level of protest to Tokyo over the latter's seizure of a Taiwanese vessel earlier this week.
 
Premier-designate Lin rounds up Cabinet appointments
Premier-designate Lin Chuan (林全) completed his minister appointments through his fifth announcement of Cabinet personnel on Thursday, stating that the process was particularly difficult.
 
Wen Jiabao statue removed from private cultural park in Keelung
A statue of former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao erected in a private cultural park in Keelung has been removed, less than a day after it was formally unveiled and introduced to the public as depicting a "Taiwan hero."
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The Pacific-island nation of Kiribati has signed an AU$1.7 million (US$1.3 million) contract with Kaohsiung-based San Yang Shipbuilding Corporative Company to build a landing craft, according to Kay Lin (林恩真), deputy director-general of MOFA's Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
 
President Ma Ying-jeou reaffirmed Thursday that Taiwan will uphold the freedom of its fishermen to operate on the high seas and will not budge on this position.
 
With the arrival of the bluefin tuna season, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday urged local fishermen not to fish in the Philippines' territorial waters lest they be detained by Philippine authorities.
 
A man from China's coastal Zhejiang Province landed on the Taiwan-controlled outlying island of Kinmen off the Chinese coast in a rubber boat early Thursday, claiming that he came seeking freedom.
 
Daytime temperatures in northern Taiwan dropped by around six degrees Celsius as of Thursday morning, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) reported.
 
The Supreme Administrative Court has ruled in favor of the Hualien government in a lawsuit against a Taipei Power Company (Taipower) coal-fired electricity plant that had been fined more than NT$440 million for pollution.
 
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