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“We’re pleased to see the bipartisan move in the U.S. Senate,” Foreign Ministry spokesman James Chang said.

“The arms sale will help Taiwan boost its self-defense capabilities, thus giving it more leverage while engaging the Chinese mainland.”


Iranian diplomat faces expulsion for spying

CAIRO | Egypt will expel an Iranian diplomat who was briefly detained on suspicion of spying, security officials said on Sunday.

The officials said the diplomat, who was released earlier in the day, would be “expelled within 48 hours.”

The decision was made public shortly after the man, identified as Qasim al-Hosseini, an employee at the Iranian Embassy in Cairo, was freed after his arrest on suspicion of spying for Tehran’s intelligence services.


Dentures save man shot in the face

SAO PAULO | An 81-year-old man shot in the face escaped death when his dentures deflected a bullet headed for his brain.

A hospital official said that Zacarias Pacheco de Moraes was shot Thursday while working in a bar he owns in the small western city of Alta Floresta.

Jose Marcos da Silva said the bullet probably would have pierced Mr. Moraes’ brain if it had not first hit his dentures before lodging in his throat. The official said the bullet will not be removed immediately because surgery right now would be too risky.

From wire dispatches and staff reports