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China Airlines and union reach accord, staff to return to work starting Monday
China Airlines (CAL, 華航) and its labor union announced they had reached an agreement for staff to resume work from Monday after long lines and frustrated fliers had choked airports Friday after a cabin crew strike over working conditions forced the airline to cancel 76 flights between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
 
Tsai begins first overseas trip as president
President Tsai Ing-wen embarked Friday on a nine-day trip to Panama and Paraguay, two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in Latin America, saying her main goal is to lift Taiwan's international visibility.
 
Taiwan protested Cambodia's deportation of R.O.C. nationals suspected of telecom fraud to mainland China Friday, after attempts were made earlier this week to prevent the deportation.
 
Taxing matters
Protesters march down the streets of Tainan on Friday, June 24, in a demonstration against the city government's plan to raise property taxes next year. The plan seeks an average 67-percent increase in property taxes for buildings.
 
Philippines fetes 118th birthday
The Mabuhay Fellowship (MF) of Grace Baptist Church recently celebrated the 118th Independence Day of the Philippines and the MF's 27th anniversary with a multicultural program featuring praise and worship singing, dances and a tribute to Dr. Jose Rizal (the national hero of the Philippines) on his 155th birthday.
 
1st pension reform committee wraps up early amid protests
The first national pension reform committee convened at the Presidential Office Thursday, though the meeting quickly heated up as committee members came to verbal blows over procedural concerns and questionable agenda details.
 
CAL employees stage strike, demonstration
Over 400 China Airlines (CAL) workers, wielding banners and sporting headbands, began their strike and stake out outside of CAL's office in Taipei to demand labor rights, Friday at midnight.
 
Tsai to generals: Remember your rookie days
President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday called on newly-promoted generals to recall their younger years when they were closer to the grassroots troops so that they will be more willing to push for military reforms.
 
After five years of red tape, Taiwan has finally recouped NT$38.99 million (US$1.22 million) in outstanding fines from the auction of a South Korean chemical tanker in 2011 following a pollution incident involving another ship by the same owner, Taiwanese authorities said Thursday.
 
The Kaohsiung District Court on Thursday said it will not accept a case concerning the possible retrial of a seaman who died mysteriously while serving aboard an R.O.C. Navy vessel two decades ago, saying that the case's statute of limitations has long expired.
 
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