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The driver of the bus that crashed June 19, killing all 26 passengers on board, had been convicted of rape and given a five-year sentence by a second instance court on June 24, prosecutors said Saturday, as they began to investigate the case as a possible suicide or homicide.
 
Teens beat heat, strong currents to circle island
"We made it!" a group of eight Taiwanese teenagers shouted in joy as they reached a beach in the eastern county of Taitung Saturday to complete a round-the-island journey by canoe, a challenge which took them almost a month to overcome.
 
Everrich, foundation launch their joint Spectrum Project
Everrich Duty Free Shop (昇恆昌) and the Chiang Education Foundation have jointly launched the 2016 Everrich Spectrum Project to promote education for children in remote locations and in challenging circumstances.
 
Southern Taiwan croc star will 'seek career' in mainland China: keeper
A famous crocodile kept in a private zoo in Tainan City will stop giving performances due to tightening animal protection rules, its keeper said Saturday, adding that it will be sent to mainland China "for a new career."
 
HAC chiefs promote Hakka food for culinary exhibition
Hakka Affairs Council Minister Lee Yung-te (李永得) hosted a press conference on Friday, July 29, to promote Hakka food to be featured at the 2016 Taiwan Culinary Exhibition from Aug. 5-8 in Taipei.
 
Around 300 aboriginals protested for transitional justice on Ketagalan Boulevard (凱達格蘭大道), Sunday, ahead of President Tsai Ing-wen's formal apology to the indigenous peoples scheduled for Aug. 1.
 
The Cabinet decided Saturday to postpone the implementation of the "one fixed, one flexible" weekly holiday labor law, which was originally scheduled to go into effect Aug.1, according to Cabinet spokesman Tung Chen-yun.
 
Former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) arrived in the southern Japanese island of Ishigaki Saturday for a visit to promote bilateral exchanges, marking his eighth visit to Japan since stepping down as president in 2000.
 
No current law bans criminal suspects or people with criminal records from serving as a passenger vehicle driver, the Directorate General of Highways under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Saturday.
 
Formosa Petrochemical Corp., a privately owned fuel supplier, said Saturday that it will cut its domestic gasoline and diesel prices for next week as lingering concerns over a global supply glut sent international crude oil prices lower this week.
 
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