The Times of Israel is liveblogging Sunday’s events as they unfold.

A strong earthquake shakes much of Taiwan, toppling a three-story building and temporarily trapping four people inside, stranding about 400 tourists on a mountainside, and knocking part of a passenger train off its tracks.

The magnitude 6.8 quake is the largest among dozens that have rattled the island’s southeastern coast since last night, when a 6.4 quake struck the same area. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

Most of the damage appears to be north of the epicenter, which Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said was in the town of Chishang at the relatively shallow depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles).

The three-story building, which had a 7-11 convenience store on the ground floor and residences on the upper ones, collapsed in nearby Yuli town, the island’s Central News Agency says.

More than 7,000 households are reported without power in Yuli, and water pipes were also damaged.

LONDON — London’s transport authority says it is preparing for around 1 million people to visit the British capital tomorrow for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral.

Transport for London chief Andy Byford says the capital has seen “huge numbers of additional passengers” since the queen died on Sept. 8. But he says demand will “reach a climax” tomorrow.

Across the country some 250 extra train services will run, including some overnight trains. Peter Hendy, chairman of Network Rail, says tomorrow will see the “biggest public transport operation since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

More than 100 Heathrow Airport flights will be canceled to prevent aircraft noise disturbing the funeral at Westminster Abbey tomorrow morning and the queen’s committal service at Windsor Castle afterward.

The west London airport said 15% of its 1,200 flights due to take off or land tomorrow will be disrupted.

Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party files a petition to the Central Elections Commission to disqualify Balad chief Sami Abou Shahadeh from running in the November 1 election.

The party cites a section of the Basic Law which says that candidates should be disqualified if they deny the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, incite to racism or support an enemy country or terror group.

In a statement, Yisrael Beytenu says that Abou Shahadeh “must be outside of the Israeli Knesset. One who denies the existence of the State of Israel and does not recognize it as a Jewish and democratic nation is not worthy of being part of [the Knesset] — it is fitting for him to be part of the parliament in Ramallah, that’s his place.”

In response, Abou Shahadeh tells Army Radio that “I’m not interested in this violent man [Liberman], who supports transferring [Arab citizens out of Israel]… Liberman is not far from the electoral threshold and therefore he is trying to attract extremist voters.”

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The Times of Israel is liveblogging Sunday’s events as they unfold.

A strong earthquake shakes much of Taiwan, toppling a three-story building and temporarily trapping four people inside, stranding about 400 tourists on a mountainside, and knocking part of a passenger train off its tracks.

The magnitude 6.8 quake is the largest among dozens that have rattled the island’s southeastern coast since last night, when a 6.4 quake struck the same area. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

Most of the damage appears to be north of the epicenter, which Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said was in the town of Chishang at the relatively shallow depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles).

The three-story building, which had a 7-11 convenience store on the ground floor and residences on the upper ones, collapsed in nearby Yuli town, the island’s Central News Agency says.

More than 7,000 households are reported without power in Yuli, and water pipes were also........

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