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Taiwan swears in first female President Tsai Ing-wen

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Taiwan swore in Tsai Ing-wen as its first female president Friday as relations with rival China rapidly cool.

Beijing-sceptic Tsai took the oath of office at the presidential palace in Taipei after winning a landslide victory in January signalling the end of an eight-year rapprochement with China.

Public support for outgoing president Ma Ying-jeou plunged as voters felt he moved too close to Beijing, which still sees the island as part of its territory.

Tsai raised her right arm as she read the oath in front of Taiwan’s national flag while celebrating crowds watched the ceremony on big screens outside.

She then received the seal of the Republic of China — Taiwan’s official name — and the presidential seal.

Tsai accompanied Ma out of the presidential office as the outgoing leader shook hands with smiling staff and a brass marching band paraded.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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