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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – January 14

A well-known Taiwanese cartoonist has posted two cartoons online about the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in an apparent show of unity with the...

A well-known Taiwanese cartoonist has posted two cartoons online about the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in an apparent show of unity with the...

Market & Commodity ■ The Taiwan Stock Exchange’s (TWSE) main index opened 9.78 points higher to 9241.58 on Wednesday, with turnover reaching NT$1.55 billion. (Taiwan News) ■ The U.S stock market opened the day higher, getting a boost from encouraging news on hiring and small business confidence on Tuesday. But then it swooned in the afternoon as oil closed lower. The Standard & Poor's 500 index eased 5.23 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,023.03. The Dow fell 27.16 points, or 0.15 percent, to 17,613.68. The Nasdaq composite slipped 3.21 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 4,661.50. (AP) World News ■ With printing press, medals and ceremonies thousands of miles apart, France and Israel paid tribute Tuesday to those killed in three days of bloodshed and horror, as authorities intensified the search for any remaining members of the terror cell whose attacks in Paris left 17 victims and three gunmen dead. (AP) ■ U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry praises the Pakistani military's operation against militants in the country's northwest, saying the results are "significant," but cautions that more work needs to be done. (AP) ■ Divers retrieve the crashed AirAsia plane's second black box from the bottom of the Java Sea, giving experts essential tools to piece together what brought Flight 8501 down. (AP) ■ Pope Francis brings calls for reconciliation as well as justice as he arrives in Sri Lanka at the start of a weeklong Asian tour, saying the island nation can't fully heal from a quarter-century of ethnic civil war without pursuing the truth about abuses that were committed. (AP) Local News ■ The outbreak of avian flu was likely to expand northward as the authorities were investigating two suspected cases in Greater Taoyuan City, the Council of Agriculture announced Tuesday. The number of poultry and fowl farms where bird flu was confirmed rose to 20 from just nine the previous day, while the number of suspected farms where tests were conducted went up to 65 from 38, the COA said. The farms were spread over seven counties and cities, according to COA Minister Chen Bao-chi. (Taiwan News) ■ The Executive Yuan said Tuesday it was not planning to propose a new rescue package for the ailing Taiwan High Speed Rail Co. after the previous one was vetoed by Kuomintang lawmakers. The move, announced by Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun, seemed to confirm earlier reports that the government was preparing to let the company go bankrupt in its present form and then take it over completely. (Taiwan News) ■ President Ma Ying-jeou traveled to Touliao in Taoyuan County Tuesday to pay homage to the late President Chiang Ching-kuo on the 27th anniversary of his death. Last year Taoyuan County Magistrate John Wu accompanied Ma on a similar visit, but this year Cheng Wen-tsan, the Mayor of Taoyuan Municipality, went to Da-xi to talk to owners of bean curd factories there, opting to pass up the president’s visit to Touliao. (Taiwan News) ■ New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu denied once more Tuesday that Ting Hsin Group’s application with the city government to change the zoning for a tract of land in Sanchong’s Hsin-yen area was still active. Chu made the statement following the first interim meeting of the city’s Second City Council. (Taiwan News) ■ The Taxation Administration should be impartial, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said Tuesday after inspectors reportedly wanted to review a loan he received from his parents. The surgeon’s parents reportedly lent him NT$10 million (US$314,000) to help him buy an apartment. (Taiwan News) ■ Farglory Group chief Chao Teng-hsiung on Tuesday said he did not rule out halting construction on the Dome sports stadium – popularly known as the Giant Egg – amid a dispute with the Taipei City Government. (Taiwan News) ■ Two men were shot dead at a parking lot in Ximending Tuesday, Taipei police said. An employee of the Emei parking structure in the fashionable pedestrian district found blood on a car parked on the top floor at around 2 p.m. and alerted emergency responders, police said. (CNA) ■ Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) expressed strong opposition Tuesday to four new flight routes China intends to implement from March 5, saying that the decision might threaten flight safety in Taiwan. (CNA)


Updated : 2021-09-23 18:07 GMT+08:00