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Violence erupts at Legislature
Physical conflict, ranging from legislators doused with water to a deputy mayor shoved into barbed wire -- broke out Wednesday as anti-pension reform protesters tried to block pro-reform lawmakers from entering the Legislative Yuan.
 
If you bring in extra undeclared cash, be prepared to lose it
Regulations prohibiting travelers from entering or leaving Taiwan with excessive sums of undeclared cash have been tightened, so that from June 28, anyone trying to bring in or out NT$100,000 (US$3,287) or more in cash without declaring it will face having the money immediately confiscated.
 
Punishment urged after Maori king called 'useless'
A ruling party lawmaker on Wednesday called on the Foreign Ministry to punish Taiwan's incoming top envoy to Australia for reportedly calling the leader of New Zealand's Maori community "useless."
 
Top court upholds life sentence for Bali District cafe double murder
The Supreme Court on Wednesday denied an appeal against the sentence of life imprisonment handed down to a woman who robbed and murdered an elderly couple, bringing the case to a close.
 
Taiwan's newly appointed top envoy to Thailand has resigned from his position due to family issues even before arriving in Bangkok, Foreign Minister David Lee said Wednesday.
 
Protesters swarm Legislature ahead of pension reform talks
Thousands of police officers were deployed around the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday, ahead of a mass overnight sit-in organized by the Pension Reform Oversight Alliance (監督年金改革行動聯盟) on the eve of a legislative review into a slate of controversial pension reform bills.
 
Firm backtracked on severance: laid-off workers
Laid-off textile workers from the Lilytex Group (立益紡織集團) protested outside the Ministry of Labor on Tuesday, accusing the firm of backtracking on a promise to pay workers severance above the legal minimum.
 
'Multideterrence' strategy to be tested
Taiwan's annual military exercises will be held next month to test its new "multideterrence" defense strategy, the military announced on Tuesday.
 
Taipei mayor fined over half a million dollars for taking campaign contributions from minors
Four months of Mayor Ko Wen-je's salary just evaporated into thin air.
 
Thunderstorms and heavy rain on the horizon
Two regions on the same island are a world apart in terms of weather.
 
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