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June, 30, 2016

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Interactions between Taiwan and China have not been completely cut off, and the government is making efforts to reach out to China, Premier Lin Chuan said Tuesday.
 
Taipei residents who have pet cats will be required to register them starting in July and obtain a certificate proving they have been vaccinated for rabies, the Taipei City government said Tuesday.
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Up a creek without a paddle
A Fire Department worker helps a truck driver stranded in a surging river in Taoyuan on Tuesday, June 28. The driver was provided with a life vest before being pulled out. Tuesday afternoon's sudden rainfall resulted in flooding in multiple locations around the city. Up to 112 millimeters of precipitation was recorded in the city's Bade District as of 4:20 p.m. The flooding also caused road closures for some time.
 
Married to the game
Advocates for the legalization of gambling in Penghu carry a traditional bride palanquin decorated with petitions at the local election committee on Tuesday, June 28. The advocates gathered 6,249 signatures, well above the requirement of 5,000. Once the signatures are verified by the election committee, a referendum to grant legal gambling in Penghu could take place before the end of the year. If the vote turnout favors legal gambling, casino resorts may be built on the island.
 
Taipei City will implement a slew of new measures starting July 1, including requiring cat owners to register their pets or face a fine of NT$10,000 (US$309) to NT$50,000, the city government announced Tuesday.
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China Airlines may face strike again this Friday
National flagship carrier China Airlines (CAL, 華航) may be facing a second strike in just one week, as its labor union urged members to "go on leave" this Friday, following a breakdown of talks with the airline's new chairman, Ho Nuan-hsuan (何煖軒), Monday afternoon.
 
Tsai attends opening of expanded Panama Canal, talks with leaders
President Tsai Ing-wen attended the inauguration of the expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, looking on with other world leaders as a massive container ship entered the new Cocoli locks while fireworks exploded overhead.
 
MND punishes soldiers accused of torturing and murdering dog
Taiwan's military on Monday apologized and imposed punishments on a group of soldiers after a viral video footage showed that they had allegedly tortured a dog to death.
 
Irate industry groups threaten to pull out of labor negotiations
Seven leading industry groups on Monday said they would not participate in any labor negotiations unless the central government upheld a past agreement to cancel seven statutory holidays.
 
1st global yuan-denominated forex options unveiled
The Taiwan Futures Exchange (TAIFEX) Monday unveiled two options contracts denominated in Chinese yuan on the exchange of the U.S. dollar against the yuan to provide investors with more hedging tools.
 
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