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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – December 31

A team of 31 medical workers and volunteers put together by a Taiwanese search and rescue organization and the Buddha's Light International Associatio...
People in Taiwan spend more than an hour a day on average on the instant messaging application LINE or on the social media site Facebook, according to...

A team of 31 medical workers and volunteers put together by a Taiwanese search and rescue organization and the Buddha's Light International Associatio...

People in Taiwan spend more than an hour a day on average on the instant messaging application LINE or on the social media site Facebook, according to...

Market & Commodity ■ Taiwan stock market (TWSE) opened lower 7.97 points to 9,260.46 on Wednesday, with turnover reaching NT$0.71 billion. (Taiwan News) ■ Lingering concerns about the political future of Greece pushed U.S. and global stock markets modestly lower on Tuesday. Trading was slow as most investors have closed their books for 2014. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 55.16 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,983.07. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 10.22 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,080.35. The Nasdaq composite fell 29.47 points, or 0.6 percent, to 4,777.44. (AP) World News ■ Bloated bodies and debris seen floating in Indonesian waters painfully end the mystery of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people aboard and took searchers more than two days to find. The plane vanished halfway through a two-hour flight between Indonesia and Singapore. (AP) ■ Cameroon's government launched its first ever air strikes against Nigerian Islamic extremists to dislodge about 1,000 fighters who had seized a Cameroonian military base, a statement said Monday. (AP) ■ Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says it is too early for her party to decide whether it will participate in 2015 elections because it depends on whether the constitution and election laws are amended. (AP) ■ Pakistani police rearrest the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, quashing expectations that he might soon be freed. Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi is one of seven suspects being tried by Pakistan in connection with the attacks, which killed 166 people and seriously damaged relations between longtime rivals Pakistan and India. (AP) Local News ■ Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je on Tuesday published a list of 226 illegal structures which could be torn down after a 100-day grace period. Owners would have the time to solve the situation themselves until March 20, but after that date the authorities might intervene directly and demolish the illegally built areas, the mayor said. (Taiwan News) ■ Ogilvy & Mather Greater China CEO Shenan Chuang will not be joining his government team as third vice mayor after all, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said Tuesday. Only last week, the mayor announced she would be sworn in as his third deputy on February 4. (Taiwan News) ■ President Ma Ying-jeou sued talk show host Clara Chou for aggravated defamation and the Kuomintang decided to expel her Tuesday after she repeatedly accused the president of having accepted illegal donations from Ting Hsin International. (Taiwan News) ■ Speculation has been mounting that he would be allowed to leave Taichung Prison’s Pei-te Hospital either Tuesday or Wednesday after a review committee recommended Monday evening that he should go home to receive adequate medical care. (Taiwan News) ■ More than 11 million households and small businesses in Taiwan will receive a discount of NT$800 (US$25.08) on their electricity bills next year as the state-run power company returns extra earnings to the public, the Economics Ministry announced Tuesday. (CNA) ■ The owner of a food additive manufacturing company and his son were indicted Tuesday on charges of fraud and offenses against food safety for having sold emulsifiers containing dimethyl yellow, a dye that has been found to cause liver cancer in animals, to manufacturers of tofu products. (CNA)


Updated : 2021-04-13 15:31 GMT+08:00