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Taipei records its 2nd-highest July temperature
Temperatures in Taipei soared to 38.5 degrees Celsius shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, the second highest ever recorded in the city in the month of July, the Central Weather Bureau said.
 
KMT chief hardens resolve against assets bill
Kuomintang (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) again urged her party to show resolve in the face of a newly passed "ill-gotten" assets bill that threatened the KMT's financial viability.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday promulgated the abolition of the Red Cross Society Act, ending a dispute that continued even after lawmakers passed a motion to scrap it on July 12.
 
Twelve out of 20 coaches manufactured by the company that produced the one that left all 26 passengers dead in a fire on July 19 failed safety inspections, reports released by the Directorate General of Highways under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) showed Wednesday.
 
Remarks made by the Transport and Labor ministers Wednesday revealed misalignment in policies, in light of the revisions to make working seven consecutive days illegal that will come to effect on Aug. 1.
 
Dreams crushed
A section of a narrow path leading up to the peak of Yushan is seen in this photo taken by the Yushan National Park Administration after it had been cleared of rocks.
 
Five Taiwanese citizens have been detained in the Philippines for trying to enter the country on a yacht earlier this week without valid travel documents, according to the Philippines' Navy.
 
Taiwan's customs authorities confiscated undeclared foreign currencies equivalent to more than NT$168 million (US$5.23 million) in the first six months of this year, with Japanese yen accounting for 77 percent, according to government statistics.
 
Former President Ma Ying-jeou said the Taiwanese people are "furious" about a ruling handed down by a tribunal in favor of the Philippines in its case challenging the legitimacy of China's claims in the South China Sea, because the verdict is "unfair and patently unreasonable."
 
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday it is keeping a close eye on whether a tropical disturbance near the Philippines will develop into the fourth storm of the 2016 Pacific typhoon season.
 
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