Foreign ministry denies reports that first lady will visit nuclear disaster victims (2014/05/01)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has refuted reports that first lady Chow Mei-ching will visit nuclear disaster victims during her trip to Japan next month. Chow will instead focus on cultural exchanges as part of a landmark loan of artifacts from the National Palace Museum. 

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Legislator says Lin ended hunger strike because of people power (2014/05/01)

Former DPP Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung ended his hunger strike against nuclear power on Wednesday and is now said to be resting comfortably in the hospital. Public protests triggered by the hunger strike forced the government to put the controversial fourth nuclear power plant project on hold, but a DPP legislator said Lin came to his decision because of the support he received. 

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Former president on hand for publishing of new electronic newspaper (2014/05/01)

Dissatisfied with the current state of media, Nobel laureate Lee Yuan-tseh and others published the first edition of the electronic newspaper “Taiwan People News” today. 

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NTNU conducts music survey as part of plans to launch popular music department (2014/05/01)

National Taiwan Normal University plans to found the nation’s first department of popular music. As part of its preparations, it conducted a survey of high school students asking their thoughts on today’s leading artists. 

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Lin Shines (2014/05/01)

The Houston Rockets staved off elimination from the NBA playoffs Wednesday night in Houston, helped by a big night from Taiwanese-American Jeremy Lin. 

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New Wang Ad (2014/05/01)

Taiwanese pitcher Wang Chien-ming is currently toiling in the minor leagues hoping for another shot at a major league roster. But he is still getting endorsements. A whiskey company that featured Wang in an ad six years ago has called on him again. 

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Former DPP chairman ends hunger strike against nuclear power (2014/04/30)

Nine days after it began, a hunger strike by former DPP Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung is over. Lin described a government decision to halt work on the plant as progress and said concern from the Taiwanese people led him to end the strike. 

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Northern, central Taiwan mayors given leadership roles in KMT (2014/04/30)

The KMT has named three new vice chairmen. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin, New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu and Taichung Mayor Jason Hu will take on a greater role as the party prepares for local elections later this year and the presidential election in 2016. 

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Critics dispute reasons for Ma’s KMT leadership changes (2014/04/30)

Reaction toward the KMT leadership changes is mixed. While a party legislator says Ma is trying to bring in more voices, an analyst argues he is trying to quiet municipal leaders who often join the chorus of anti-Ma critics. 

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Government announces first quarter GDP growth of 3.04 percent (2014/04/30)

The government’s official statistics agency announced today that first quarter GDP growth was 3.04 percent when compared with the same period last year. It is the first time since quarter one of 2013 that growth has exceeded 3 percent. 

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