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Diving into the real world
Lin Shu-cheung, a Da-Yeh University senior in the Department of Leisure and Recreation Management, poses for an underwater graduation picture in this photo provided by the university on Wednesday, June 29.
 
The Tainan District Court Wednesday sentenced the owner of edible oil importer Beei Hae Edible Co. (北海油脂公司) to four years in prison and confiscated NT$24 million for his involvement in food safety scares that shook the country two years ago.
 
A China Airlines (CAL) flight attendant reportedly was arrested Wednesday over a hoax bomb threat targeting a plane carrying President Tsai Ing-wen on her official visit to Latin America.
 
Labor Ministry says 'progressive amendments' aimed at 40-hour work week
The Ministry of Labor called proposed adjustments to the Labor Standards Act "progressive" during a Cabinet news conference Wednesday and said they were intended to make the 40-hour work week a reality on more than paper.
 
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.
 
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