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Panic after powerful quake rocks Taiwan

TAIPEI — A shallow 5.9-magnitude earthquake sent panicked people fleeing onto the streets in Taiwan’s second-largest city of Kaohsiung as rail services were temporarily suspended. The quake struck 57 kilometres (35 miles) east of the city at 10:34 am (0234 GMT) on Sunday, at a depth of just four kilometres,…

Taiwan mulls armed guards on ships against pirates

Taiwan is considering a plan to place armed guards on board local ships that sail in pirate-infested waters, especially off Somalia, officials and media said Tuesday. “The proposal has been under evaluation, but details of how it can be done have not been finalised,” an official at the transportation ministry told AFP, declining…

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