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HK protesters march on 11th weekend

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A protester, who is wearing an eye patch in solidarity with a woman who was reportedly injured in the eye by a beanbag fired by police, attends a march in Hong Kong yesterday.
Photo: AP

Heavy rain fell on tens of thousands of umbrella-toting protesters yesterday as they marched from a packed park and filled a major road in Hong Kong, where mass pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity this summer.

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US weapons deal progressing

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An F-16V jet lands on the runway in Changhua County during the 35th Han Kuang military exercises on May 28.
Photo: Sam Yeh / AFP

US President Donald Trump’s administration is moving forward with a US$8 billion arms sale to Taiwan of Lockheed Martin F-16 jets despite Beijing’s protests, the Washington Post reported yesterday, citing an anonymous official and other sources familiar with the matter.

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NTU professors’ language rule draws groups’ ire

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Taiwan Association of University Professors deputy chairman Chen Li-fu, third left, speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

Language rights advocates and academics yesterday stood up for students at National Taiwan University (NTU) who wish to speak their mother tongues, after two professors instituted a rule that school meetings must be conducted in Mandarin only.

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HONG KONG PROTESTS: Hong Kong airport shut down by rally

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A combination picture shows Hong Kong protesters yesterday wearing eyepatches in reference to a demonstrator who was injured on Sunday in clashes with police during a protest inside Hong Kong International Airport.
Photo: Reuters

One of the world’s busiest airports yesterday canceled all flights after thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators crowded into the main terminal of Hong Kong International Airport, while the central government in Beijing issued an ominous characterization of the protest movement as something approaching “terrorism.”

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Taipei photo event backs Hong Kong’s protesters

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About 300 people form the words “Free Hong Kong” at an event organized by several non-governmental organizations in Taipei’s Central Art Park yesterday.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

About 300 people took part in a demonstration in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, spelling out the words “Free Hong Kong” with their bodies in Taipei’s Central Art Park.

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China destabilizing Indo-Pacific: Pentagon chief

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A Chinese Xian H-6 bomber flies in Japanese airspace on July 23.
Photo: EPA-EFE / Japanese Defense Ministry

China is destabilizing the Indo-Pacific region, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said yesterday, accusing Beijing of predatory economics, intellectual property theft and “weaponizing the global commons.”

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China using local ‘agents’ to spread misinformation online: institute

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The logo for the Institute for National Defense and Security Research is pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo: Tu Chu-min, Taipei Times

China is using local “agents” and intermediary organizations as a front in its cyberwarfare efforts against Taiwan, the Institute for National Defense and Security Research said in an article.

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Newsflash

Greater Kaohsiung prosecutors yesterday said they had no position on whether former first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) should serve a lengthy jail sentence until she reports to Taichung Prison’s Pei Teh Hospital on Friday to undergo an evaluation, which will determine if she is fit enough to serve her term.

Wu’s son, Chen Chih-chung (陳致中), said he hoped doctors at the hospital would visit Wu in Greater Kaohsiung to assess her health rather than force her to travel to Greater Taichung.