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After its unionized flight attendants voted heavily in favor of a strike late Tuesday, the government urged national carrier China Airlines (CAL, 華航) to sit down and negotiate a deal to avoid disruptions to air travel during the peak summer months.
 
Taiwan is suffering from an increasingly aging population, with the Aging Index reaching 92.18 in 2015 and expected to surge to 100 next year at the earliest, according to Ministry of the Interior (MOI) data released Wednesday.
 
A legal mechanism would have to be put in place to allow Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee (林榮基) to gain political asylum in Taiwan if he wishes, Minister of the Interior Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) said Wednesday.
 
Limited express train derails in Hualien, 2 passengers injured
A Tze-Chiang limited express train derailed Wednesday in Rueisuei Township, Hualien County, resulting in injuries to two passengers, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) reported that day.
 
The Taoyuan Area Flight Attendant Union will call a strike after its members voted Tuesday in favor of taking such action.
 
The exposure of Taiwan's financial sector to the European market currently totals about NT$3 trillion (US$92.88 billion), according to a market estimate released Tuesday.
 
Former Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) confirmed Tuesday that intermediaries of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) approached him to possibly head Taiwan's quasi-official body for negotiations with mainland China, the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF, 海基會).
 
Loving home needed
A Shiba Inu nibbles at a friendly finger at an animal shelter in Hsinchu City on Tuesday, June 21. The Hsinchu City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office uncovered an illegal dog breeding business in Hsinchu and found 62 Shiba Inus at various ages. The office will put the dogs up for adoption.
 
Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang (KMT) yesterday called out the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government for nepotism in the arrangement of appointments for family members to sinecure positions in state-owned companies.
 
Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung said Tuesday that he will ask city government officials to only use smartphones when related to city governance during council meetings.
 
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