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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – January 19

The wedding costs of Taiwanese Mandopop king Jay Chou and model Hannah Quinlivan are believed to have surpassed NT$20 million (US$633,000), local medi...
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi left a piece of his heart in Taiwan Sunday and promised to "leave a bigger piece of my heart here" next t...

The wedding costs of Taiwanese Mandopop king Jay Chou and model Hannah Quinlivan are believed to have surpassed NT$20 million (US$633,000), local medi...

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi left a piece of his heart in Taiwan Sunday and promised to "leave a bigger piece of my heart here" next t...

Market & Commodity ■ The Taiwan Stock Exchange’s (TWSE) main index opened 55.90 points higher to 9,194.19 on Monday, with turnover reaching NT$1.87 billion. (Taiwan News) ■ U.S. stocks ended higher on Friday. A surge in oil and gas companies pulled the stock market out of a five-day slump on Friday, as the price of crude swung higher. The S&P 500 index gained 26.75 points, or 1.3 percent, to finish at 2,019.42. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 190.86 points, or 1.1 percent, to close at 17,511.57, and the Nasdaq rose 63.56 points, or 1.4 percent, to 4,634.38. (AP) World News ■ The International Criminal Court opened an inquiry into attacks in Palestinian territories, paving the way for possible war crimes investigation against Israelis, according to a report by CNN. ■ Afghan security services arrest five men in connection with the massacre at a Pakistan military school last month that killed 150 people, most of them children. The men, all non-Afghans, helped support the Dec. 16 assault by the Taliban at the Army Public School and College in the city of Peshawar. (AP) ■ Security forces in Niger used tear gas Sunday to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters taking part in a banned demonstration in the capital. The political altercation came after 10 people were killed in two days of violent protests against a French publication's cartoon depicting Islam's prophet. (AP) ■ Hundreds of thousands of people fill Manila's main park and surrounding areas for Pope Francis' final events in the Philippines on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff's message of hope and consolation for the Southeast Asian country's most downtrodden and destitute. (AP) Local News ■ The latest outbreak of avian flu expanded another step with the announcement Sunday by the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health, Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) of the Council of Agriculture (COA) that the new H5N2 sub-strain of avian flu had been found among chickens on a chicken farm in Changhua. It was the first confirmation of the new sub-strain among chickens following earlier discoveries among flocks of ducks and geese. (Taiwan News) ■ New Taipei City Mayor Eric Liluan Chu on Saturday received 99.61 percent of the votes from Kuomintang members to serve as new party chairman. He was the only candidate after President Ma Ying-jeou resigned to take responsibility for the party’s devastating defeat in the November 29 local elections. (Taiwan News) ■ Police investigating the execution-style slaying of two young males in a Ximending parking garage last Wednesday say Chen Shih-sheng of the Bamboo Union Gang, who was returned from Macau Saturday to face interrogation, has reportedly claimed that he had "introduced" the victims to a buyer. (Taiwan News) ■ Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je confirmed Sunday that Yang Chung-he, the Director of Taipei’s Department of Sports, handed in his resignation from the office a couple of days ago. Ko explained that Yang’s departure was the result of pressure and frustration he felt from problems with the Athletes Village at Linkou which is being constructed for use in the Taipei World Olympiade 2017. (Taiwan News) ■ The Farglory Group said Saturday it would visit Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je to clear up accusations it had violated the contract to build the Taipei Dome sports stadium. (Taiwan News) ■ The value of housing transactions fell 31 percent year-on-year in Taiwan's six municipalities in the first 11 months of last year, a real estate agent said Sunday, attributing the drop to tightened measures by the government to suppress rising property prices. (CNA) ■ Taiwan is expected to report record export orders of US$470 billion for 2014, having increased from US$442.93 billion in 2013, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has estimated. (CNA) ■ Representatives of Taiwan's Tzu Chi Foundation were not able to meet Pope Francis in the Philippines as planned Saturday due to Typhoon Mekkhala. The pope is in the Philippines for a five-day state and pastoral visit. (CNA)


Updated : 2021-09-26 23:28 GMT+08:00