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Minister pledges review amid protest over killing of dog
Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) pledged reforms within the military to make sure that the recent incident of a killing of a dog by soldiers will not happen again after animal lovers protested in front of the Defense Ministry on Tuesday afternoon.
 
The opposition Kuomintang's Central Evaluation and Discipline Committee decided Tuesday to expel former party spokesman Yang Wei-chung (楊偉中) from the party over recent outspoken criticisms, which the KMT said has undermined the party's reputation.
 
Taiwan will continue to experience high temperatures in the morning followed by afternoon thunderstorms in the coming days, thanks to a high pressure system over the Pacific Ocean, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Tuesday.
 
A ruptured water pipe caused by an afternoon thunderstorm led to serious flooding at Terminal 2 of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Tuesday.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Victims' families seek NT$2.6 bil. over dust blast
The Consumers' Foundation (CF, 消基會) filed a class-action lawsuit Monday on behalf of nearly 100 family members of victims who were injured or killed in the Formosa Fun Coast explosion last year.
 
Labor activism has seemingly taken Taiwan by storm as of late.
 
Taiwan plans to test-fire its newest anti-missile system for the first time in the United States next month as relations with rival China deteriorate, a defense source and media reports said Monday.
 
Losses stemming from a one-day strike staged by China Airlines (CAL) flight attendants last week are estimated at NT$500 million (US$15.38 million), CAL Chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan said Monday.
 
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