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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – January 23

China's army has set up at least three new large aerial listening stations in coastal Fujian Province to monitor radio signals from Taiwan, according ...
 Two high-ranking U.S. officials were scheduled to arrive in Taiwan Thursday to discuss international fisheries and marine conservation issues with Ta...

China's army has set up at least three new large aerial listening stations in coastal Fujian Province to monitor radio signals from Taiwan, according ...

Two high-ranking U.S. officials were scheduled to arrive in Taiwan Thursday to discuss international fisheries and marine conservation issues with Ta...

Market & Commodity ■ The Taiwan Stock Exchange’s (TWSE) main index opened 70.48 points higher to 9,439.99 on Friday, with turnover reaching NT$3.21 billion. (Taiwan News) ■ U.S. stock market closed with a big gain after Europe's central bank offered an aggressive plan to revive that region's weak economy. The Standard & Poor's 500 index jumped 31 points, or 1.5 percent, to close at 2,063 on Thursday, erasing its losses for the new year. The Dow Jones industrial average surged 259 points, also 1.5 percent, to 17,813. The Nasdaq gained 82 points, 1.8 percent, to 4,750. (AP) World News ■ The U.S. and its allies sought to put a good face on the coalition's deliberate campaign to roll back the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria on Thursday, boasting of having killed thousands of militants while acknowledging that ousting the group from key cities remains a distant aspiration. (AP) ■ Japan says it is considering all possible ways to gain the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State group, as two people with contacts there offered to try to negotiate. The Islamic State group, in a video message seen Tuesday, said it would kill the hostages within 72 hours unless it receives $200 million. Based on the video's release time, that deadline would come sometime Friday. (AP) ■ Shiite rebels holding Yemen's president captive in his residence reach a deal with the U.S.-backed leader to end a violent standoff in the capital. The agreement, which gives the rebels greater say in running the country, fuels fears a major U.S. ally in the war against al-Qaida will be further marginalized. (AP) ■ LG Electronics Inc. said it will start selling a new curved smartphone next week in its latest effort to bring the curve to a mass market. The South Korean company said Thursday that the G Flex 2 will be launched locally on Jan. 30 and overseas in coming months. (AP) ■ Russia and Ukraine have agreed on a procedure for the withdrawal of heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine, Germany's Foreign Minister says. (AP) ■ Reeling from the Paris terror attacks, France announced broad new measures to fight homegrown terrorism like giving police better equipment and hiring more intelligence agents, as European officials sought to strike the right balance between rushing through tough counterterrorism laws and protecting treasured democratic rights. (AP) ■ Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in a statement carried by state television. (AP) Local News ■ Embattled Ting Hsin International Group paid back a NT$6.5 billion (US$206.8 million) syndicated loan to four creditor banks with funds it brought in from overseas, reports said Thursday. (Taiwan News) ■ The National Energy Conference slated for January 26 and 27, is shaping up to be an event in which the biggest news may be who is not taking part. The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced Thursday that the theme of the conference will be “Where Will We Get Our Energy in the Future?”(Taiwan News) ■ The aviation authorities of Taiwan and China should meet to discuss the latter’s controversial air routes before a more high-level meeting next month in Kinmen, Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi said Thursday. Since China announced its air routes over the Taiwan Straits close to the median line last January 12, Taipei has applied pressure for change which has also won the backing of the United States, reports said. (Taiwan News) ■ Evan Medeiros, Senior Director for Asian affairs on the White House National Security Council, said Wednesday that while the US and Taiwan have hit a few rough patches in their relations recently, the overall framework is strong and he is confident that relations between the two governments will remain stable in the future. (Taiwan News) ■ A Swedish woman and two French nationals were arrested at Taoyuan International Airport Wednesday, charged with attempting to smuggle in about 5 kilograms of heroin with a market value of around NT$100 million. The arrests came only one day after another foreign woman was caught trying to bring a smaller amount of heroin into Taiwan. (Taiwan News) ■ Taipei police investing Chen Fu-hsiang, the suspected killer in the slaying of two men in a drug deal, are focusing on a number of Chen’s associates including Chen Kuang-hsu, an underworld figure who has known Chen for more than 20 years. (Taiwan News) ■ The passage of revision of four financial acts by the Legislature Thursday were lauded by the financial regulator as a milestone for the country's financial development. (CNA) ■ The average regular monthly wage in Taiwan for the first 11 months of last year rose 1.76 percent from a year earlier on the back of an economic recovery, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said. (CNA)


Updated : 2021-09-24 02:20 GMT+08:00