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Fishermen's access to Taiping to be restricted
A group of fishermen who are scheduled to arrive on the Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island (太平島) to assert their country's South China Sea claims on Monday may not be allowed to step onto the island unless they need emergency relief, a Cabinet spokesman said on Sunday.
 
The Directorate General of Highways (DGH) under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said Sunday that it plans to announce a list of excellent coach operators later this month -- and a list of bad ones in August.
 
Fire investigators find traces of flammable liquid on bus
Significant progress has been made in the investigation into the fire that killed 26 people on a tour bus last Tuesday, as investigators detected samples of ignitable substances -- possibly gasoline -- among fire debris Sunday.
 
The Ministry of Labor (MOL) said Saturday that employers in Taiwan who have signed up for the MOL's job website are seeking 15,000 new graduates as full-time employees and are willing to offer them no less than NT$30,000 (US$9,375) in monthly wages.
 
Taiwan's Armed Forces have asked a top military research facility to add extra safety measures before the launch of a missile, which would include a password, to prevent a deadly misfire incident from happening again, a source told local media on Sunday.
 
The state-run fuel supplier CPC Corp., Taiwan (中油) announced Sunday that it will lower diesel prices by NT$0.1 (US$0.003) per liter and will keep gasoline prices unchanged for the coming week.
 
Airport MRT almost ready
A Taoyuan International Airport mass rapid transit (MRT) staff member touches the screen of a new ticket vending machine on Sunday, July 24. Ticket-selling systems along the Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan Airport metro line will come in 10 languages.
 
MAC chief hopes tourist tragedies won't reoccur
Taiwan's top official on mainland China policy said Saturday that the government and the travel industry are making every effort to improve safety for tourists, while expressing hopes that tourism will continue to help promote peace between the two sides.
 
Greek police on July 21 cracked a large telecom gambling crime ring and arrested more than 120 R.O.C. suspects, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday.
 
Animal welfare advocates fear 'no-kill' law will result in mass animal deaths
An animal welfare organization has warned stray dogs and cats may suffer a fate far worse than painless death, after a zero euthanasia policy takes effect next February -- a policy it claims was rushed and poorly thought through.
 
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