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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – January 6

Tickets to Taiwanese pop diva Jody Chiang's farewell concerts were being offered online by scalpers at astronomical prices just hours after they went ...
Former President Chen Shui-bian was welcomed home in Kaohsiung on Monday night by several thousands of his supporters after being released from Taichu...

Tickets to Taiwanese pop diva Jody Chiang's farewell concerts were being offered online by scalpers at astronomical prices just hours after they went ...

Former President Chen Shui-bian was welcomed home in Kaohsiung on Monday night by several thousands of his supporters after being released from Taichu...

Market & Commodity ■ Taiwan stock exchange (TWSE) opened down more than 120 points to 9,150.32 on Tuesday, with turnover reaching NT$8.58 billion. (Taiwan News) ■ U.S stock markets fell on Monday. The S&P 500 index dropped 37.62 points, or 1.8 percent, to 2,020.58. That was the biggest one-day slump for the index since Oct. 9. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 331.34 points, or 1.9 percent, to 17,501.65. The Nasdaq composite fell 74.24 points, or 1.6 percent, to 4,652.57. (AP) World News ■ Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government will express remorse for World War II on the 70th anniversary of its end in August. Abe is known for his nationalist views, and many analysts have speculated that he may downplay Japan's responsibility for the war. At a year-opening news conference, he sought to reassure the world that he wouldn't veer from past official statements on Japan's wartime responsibility. (AP) ■ Highlighting the depth of Indonesia's air safety problems, the transportation ministry announces harsh measures against officials who allowed AirAsia Flight 8501 to take off without proper permits — including the suspension of the airport's operator and officials in the control tower. (AP) ■ People who lost loved ones or were injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings clamor for justice as jury selection gets underway in one of the nation's most closely watched federal death penalty cases in two decades. Seating jurors in the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to begin Monday under tight security at the federal courthouse in Boston. (AP) Local News ■ Media around the world have been quick to pick up on the news that the Ministry of Justice had finally granted a medical parole to former President Chen Shui-bian in order to let he receive medical attention in a home environment. International wire services carried the story under similar headlines, including the AFP, Bloomberg, the South China Morning Post, the New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. (Taiwan News) ■ The Security Branch of the Kaohsiung Municipal Police announced Monday that plans are in place to assist former President Chen Shui-bian in making the transition from Taichung Prison to his family home for medical treatment after he was granted medical parole during the day. Police authorities noted that they will follow the principles of "safe” and “low-key" in providing protection for Chen and his family during the coming month or longer that he may be in Kaohsiung. (Taiwan News) ■ Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Ming-tang announced Monday that after discussion with a special medical verification team the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) had decided that the current environment in which former President Chen Shui-bian is being held is not conducive to allowing his physical condition to improve. (Taiwan News) ■ The last day of 2014 came and went with no sign that Ting Hsin was prepared to pay off any of the NT$6.5 billion it owes to a bank syndicate. In the face of the group’s recalcitrance, banker began work on the first day following the New Year's break by filing a suit to seize Ting Hsin’s property holdings in Sanchong, New Taipei City. Ting Hsin is said to be very reluctant to let the property go to auction, however, hoping to get a much better price by lining up buyers on its own. (Taiwan News) ■ Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je responded Monday morning to the news that former President Chen Shui-bian has been granted a medical parole by saying that he will take advantage of an opportunity in the future to visit Chen while he is at home in Kaohsiung. Ko noted that while Chen has been in Taichung Prison he has benefited from enhanced medical attention and a specially-designed environment, explaining that once he goes home, it will just be “the beginning of the problem in taking care of" the former president. (Taiwan News) ■ The body of a Taiwanese victim in a New Year's Eve stampede in Shanghai was brought home by her family members Monday. Chou Yi-an, 23, was killed during a stampede in which 35 others died and 49 were injured, including two other Taiwanese women. (CNA) ■ On a day when former President Chen Shui-bian was released on medical parole, the Supreme Prosecutors Office issued a reminder Monday that Chen and his family have racked up illegal gains and fines of NT$1.01 billion (US$31.55 million) so far. (CNA) ■ A new confirmed case of rabies involving a ferret-badger has been detected in southern Taiwan, the Council of Agriculture (COA) announced Monday, which worried that the disease may be spreading with the movement of the animal. (CNA)


Updated : 2021-09-23 09:05 GMT+08:00