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Indian state TV sacks anchor over China blunder
「十一」近平? 女主播口誤被炒魷魚

A news anchor for India’s state TV channel has been fired after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as “Eleven” Jinping — apparently mistaking his name for a Roman numeral, a top official at the station said Friday last week. Xi left for China onFULL STORY


A: This is Ashwini. Is this Leo the assistant manager? B: Yes. What’s up? A: I just got a call from home saying there’s an emergency, so I have to hurry back. Is it OK if I take a half-day? I’ll come in in the afternoon. B: OK.FULL STORY

The rare hoopoe bird seen in Taroko
稀有過境鳥「戴勝」 太魯閣現蹤

The rare migratory hoopoe bird (Upupa epops) has been seen for the first time in Taroko National Park, close to the park’s visitors’ center. A conservation officer at the center says that the hoopoe is a common resident bird on Kinmen Island, and that itFULL STORY

University English departments in Taiwan closing down one after another

How difficult is it for university English departments to attract students? The results of a survey on college and university English-related departments nationwide showed that eight departments have closed down or stopped recruitment over the past eight years. Meanwhile, nine applied foreign languages or EnglishFULL STORY


A : Great job with that bonsai on your desk. The flowers are blooming. B : It’s nothing. I just water it regularly. Fortunately it’s not hard to take care of. A : I used to have one too. I watered it when I was supposedFULL STORY

Virginia man plants flag, claims African country, calling it ‘Kingdom of North Sudan’
維吉尼亞州男子插旗建立非洲國 名為「北蘇丹王國」

Jeremiah Heaton was playing with his daughter in their Abingdon, Virginia home last winter when she asked whether she could be a real princess. Heaton, a father of three who works in the mining industry, didn’t want to make any false promises to Emily, then 6,FULL STORY


A: I think that’s just about everything. Did you bring your ID? We need to check everything. B: I’m so sorry. I forgot to bring it. Is it OK if I swing by tomorrow and give it to you? A: Oh, I see. Please wait a minute.FULL STORY


A: We’ll be traveling on business to a new city this time. Have you found a hotel yet? B: Not yet. A: It’s only two weeks away. Won’t it be too late if you don’t book something right away? B: I’m sure there are some business hotels nearFULL STORY

Art Taipei 2014 to kick off late next month
台北藝博 十月底世貿一館開展

Art Taipei 2014 will be held at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Exhibition Hall 1 from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. 145 galleries will take part in the exhibition, with more than half of them coming from foreign countries or regions, including Japan, HongFULL STORY

Furious girl refuses to accept that Hello Kitty is a human
憤怒女孩 拒絕接受凱蒂貓是人

Sanrio, the Japanese company behind Hello Kitty, has revealed that, despite looking like a cat, the global icon of cute is actually a female person called Kitty White. But the news did not go down well with one furious fan known only as Liu. It appears theFULL STORY

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