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Thousands rally over mining extension

By Lin Chia-nan

Thousands of protesters yesterday marched from the Executive Yuan to the Presidential Office Building in Taipei to back demands that the government terminate a controversial extension of Asia Cement Corp’s (亞泥) mining rights in Hualien County’s Sincheng Township (新城). Members of protest organizer Citizen of theFULL STORY

Fuel tanker fire kills 153 Pakistanis collecting fuel

An overturned oil tanker yesterday burst into flames in Pakistan, killing 153 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said. Local officials said more than 100 were hurt. The death toll could rise further as 50FULL STORY

Erdogan defends Qatar’s sovereignty

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday rejected a demand by major Arab states to remove Turkish troops from Qatar, saying their sweeping list of ultimatums has threatened the small Gulf nation’s sovereignty. He also welcomed Qatar’s dismissal of a sweeping list of demands from Saudi ArabiaFULL STORY

New traffic fines, measures to take effect this summer

By Shelley Shan

Several measures, including penalties for failure to signal when switching lanes and new postage prices, are to take effect over the next two months, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said yesterday. Starting on Saturday, drivers who fail to use the correct turn signalFULL STORY

British lawmakers hit by cyberattack

Britain’s parliament was on Saturday hit by a “sustained and determined” cyberattack designed to identify weak e-mail passwords about a month after a ransomware worm crippled parts of the nation’s health service. The House of Commons said it was working with the National Cyber Security CentreFULL STORY

Taiwan still wants to join TPP: premier2017-06-25

The nation still wishes to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even though the US — the former driving force behind the regional trade pact — has withdrawn from the agreement, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said. Lin made the remarks during an interview with Japan’s Nikkei daily. TheFULL STORY

Five dead, over 120 missing after China landslide2017-06-25

At least five people were found dead and more than 120 remained missing hours after a massive landslide yesterday buried a mountain village in southwest China as rescuers scoured through rocks for survivors. A couple and a baby were rescued and taken to hospital after dozensFULL STORY

Combat-ready helicopter squadron to enter service2017-06-25

By Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung

The nation’s first combat-ready helicopter squadron is to be formed on Wednesday, the Ministry of National Defense said. Placed under the command of the Taoyuan-based Republic of China Army 601st Air Cavalry Brigade, 29 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, which would eventually form two squadrons, were inspectedFULL STORY

Suicide bomber dies as Saudis foil Grand Mosque plot2017-06-25

A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the holy month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said yesterday. The Saudi Ministry of the Interior said it launchedFULL STORY

Hong Kong bans political banners ahead of Xi visit2017-06-25

Hong Kong police have launched a crackdown on political banners and images ahead of a visit to the territory by Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) to avoid “embarrassing” the country’s leaders. Swaths of Hong Kong are to be locked down this week and at least 9,000FULL STORY

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