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Families decry lack of answers on cause of bus blaze
Grieving family and relatives of 24 mainland Chinese tourists killed in a bus blaze in Taoyuan are growing increasingly frustrated over the investigation into the causes of the tragedy, Friday.
 > Taipei
 
Tsai rejects deadline for accepting '92 Consensus'
Claims that President Tsai Ing-wen rejected the "1992 Consensus" in an interview with the Washington Post were refuted by the Presidential Office Friday, which stressed that Tsai was only responding to the question at hand.
 
Turkey is as safe as any nation in the West, says Turkey envoy
Turkey is as safe as any Western country despite a recent failed attempted military coup, Turkey's top envoy to Taiwan said on Friday.
 
Police investigating man who found heist cash
A man who found some of the cash stolen from First Bank's automated teller machines (ATMs) earlier this month is now under investigation on suspicion of transporting stolen goods, police said Friday.
 
Merck's Stefan Oschmann meets with President Tsai
Merck, a leading science and technology company, announced yesterday that a meeting took place between Merck Executive Board Chairman and CEO Stefan Oschmann and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen during his recent visit to the Island, according to a press release from the company.
 
Facebook launches program to cultivate women entrepreneurs
Social media giant Facebook has announced it will launch "SheMeansBusiness" in Taiwan -- a series of workshops, resource centers and networking events to help female entrepreneurs in Taiwan enhance their skills, knowledge and connections.
 > Taipei
 
Unemployment rises with entry of new graduates into market
Due to new graduates entering the workforce, the unemployment rate in June rose 0.08 percentage points to 3.92 percent, according to a government census report.
 
Ever Rich pledging typhoon relief of NT$3 mil. for Green Is.
Ever Rich Duty Free Shop has pledged NT$3 million to help rebuild typhoon-battered Green Island.
 
Welcome to Daxi Culture Festival
In 1917, the sixth year of the reign of Japanese Emperor Taishō, the Tongren Society (同人社) built the first palanquin to thank His Holiness Emperor Guan (關聖帝君) -- also known as Guan Gong (關公) -- for his blessings. People in Daxi (大溪) held the first procession for Guan Gong's birthday on the 24th day of the sixth lunar month in the same year.
 > Taoyuan
 
The Education Ministry's Youth Development Administration announced Friday that 500 slots will be available for Taiwanese youth to travel to France beginning Aug. 8. on a mutual working holiday agreement.
 
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