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Xperia shows off new model
A woman holds an Xperia XA Ultra, the latest smartphone model by Sony Mobile, at a press event in Taipei, Friday, July 1. The phone features a 6-inch touchscreen and a 16-megapixel selfie camera.
 
Decommissiong ceremony for B-234 helicopter
Personnel at the National Airborne Service Corps pose for a photo of a B-234 helicopter at the Tainan Airport on Friday, July 1. The B-234 was officially decommissioned the three twin-engine heavy-lift B-234 helicopters in its fleet after 31 years of service.
 
In a sign of rejuvenated recovery, the economic monitoring indicator compiled by the National Development Council (NDC, 國發會) flashed the "yellow-blue" signal for the second month in May, leaving behind 10 straight months of sluggish "blue" signals.
 
Laox opening
Taiwan Land Development Company chairman Chiu Fu-sheng (邱復生), right and Luo Yimen (羅怡文), president of Laox, which billed itself as the largest duty free chain store in Japan, visit a newly inaugurated Laox branch in Kinmen County, Friday, July 1.
 
Analysts said the apparently misfire of on a supersonic "aircraft carrier killer" missile by Taiwan toward China on Friday drew attention to how damaging the freeze in cross-strait communications could prove.
 
Police authorities have busted an illicit drug factory that was operating in remote mountainous areas in Taichung earlier this month, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事局) has announced.
 
Shares in Taiwan maintained their momentum Friday from the previous session, closing above the 8,700 point mark, as foreign institutional investors who held a large number of long position contracts in the futures market continued to buy in the spot market, dealers said.
 
Head in the clouds
An azure sky is seen dotted by colorful hot air balloons in Taitung on Friday, July 1. The annual Taiwan International Balloon Festival began on Friday, July 1 in Taitung and will run through Aug. 7.
 
Around two-thirds of tourism-related businesses in Taiwan believe Chinese visitor numbers have fallen significantly since President Tsai Ing-wen was inaugurated on May 20, a survey by an online human resources firm has found.
 
Going postal?
People wait outside a Chunghwa Post office in Taipei on Friday, July 1. Many were caught unawares by the policy changing the opening time of the nation's 1,137 post offices from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. starting this month.
 
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