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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

WEATHER

Cold front approaching

The weather is to remain mild today, but a new cold air mass is approaching, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Daytime maximum temperatures in the north and northeast of the nation today could rise by up to 2°C to about 20°C, while the center and south could see highs of between 21°C and 25°C, forecasters said. Mostly cloudy to sunny skies are expected nationwide, with limited showers in the east and mountainous areas of the north of the nation, it said. Increased moisture could bring more rain to eastern Taiwan, the bureau said. However, a strong cold air mass is expected to approach from tomorrow and it will be at its strongest between Thursday and Friday, driving temperatures down to lows of around 10°C in the north, the bureau said.

SOCIETY

Free entry for young readers

The Taipei International Book Exhibition is to offer free admission to visitors under 18 for the first time this year to encourage reading among children and teenagers. Young readers can get free tickets by showing their national ID cards or other identifying documents, the Taipei Book Fair Foundation said. This year’s show is the first to feature a Man Booker prize winner, the foundation said, adding that Eleanor Catton, the New Zealander author of 2013 Man Booker Prize winner The Luminaries, is scheduled to meet with fans and sign autographs at an event on Feb. 13. The fair is set to include a graphic novel section for the first time and graphic novels from Taiwan and several other nations, including New Zealand, France and Germany are to be on display. The book exhibition takes place at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1 and 3 from Wednesday next week through Feb. 16.

TRAVEL

MOFA issues warnings

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is urging Taiwanese to avoid travel to several states in Myanmar because of clashes between government forces and ethnic minorities. The ministry raised the travel alert to “orange” for the states of Kachin, Shan, Kayin and Mon, after tensions heightened between the military and armed groups affiliated with ethnic minorities. The ministry also urged Taiwanese to avoid travel to Mindanao in the Philippines because of clashes between the government and anti-government militants. Last week, Philippine police came under attack in Maguindanao Province by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. In light of the fighting and the occasional abduction of foreigners by militants, the ministry said it would keep the travel alert for Mindanao at “orange.”

ENTERTAINMENT

Katy Perry to perform

US pop superstar Katy Perry is set to give her first performance in the nation in April. The singer, known for her eclectic wardrobe, is scheduled to hold a concert at the Taipei Arena on April 28, according to her Taiwan Facebook fan page. Ticket sales will be announced on the fan page once all the details are confirmed, organizers said. The singer announced a series of Asian stops on her Twitter account on Thursday last week, including Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. “Just when you thought the #PrismaticWorldTour was over, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be bringing it to ASIA this April and May!” she tweeted. “I’m thrilled to bring the Prismatic World Tour to some of my favorite places in Asia,” Perry said in a press release issued on Friday last week.

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