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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – January 26

 The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Sunday warned the public to pay attention to personal hygiene as seasonal flu is about to peak, which was bl...
More than five hundred volunteers in New Taipei on Saturday helped to clean, pack and move some 100,000 pairs of secondhand shoes that will be shipped...
 Taipei Zoo's giant panda, Yuan Zai , along with her keeper, won the Giant Panda Zoo Awards on Sunday, which is an online prize dedicated to panda con...
Taiwan saw the birth of a new political party on Sunday, which was named as "New Power Party."

The party was established by members of Taiwan Citiz...

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Sunday warned the public to pay attention to personal hygiene as seasonal flu is about to peak, which was bl...

More than five hundred volunteers in New Taipei on Saturday helped to clean, pack and move some 100,000 pairs of secondhand shoes that will be shipped...

Taipei Zoo's giant panda, Yuan Zai , along with her keeper, won the Giant Panda Zoo Awards on Sunday, which is an online prize dedicated to panda con...

Taiwan saw the birth of a new political party on Sunday, which was named as "New Power Party." The party was established by members of Taiwan Citiz...

Market & Commodity ■ The Taiwan Stock Exchange’s (TWSE) main index opened 1.41 points higher to 9,472.35 on Monday, with turnover reaching NT$1.77 billion. (Taiwan News) ■ U.S. stocks ended mostly lower Friday, breaking a four-day winning streak for the S&P 500 and Dow industrials, but equities maintained solid weekly gains. Meanwhile, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite held on to modest gains Friday and added 2.7% for the week. (AP) World News ■ A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece's painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country's international creditors that could shake the eurozone. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the communist-rooted Syriza party, immediately promised to end the "five years of humiliation and pain" that Greece has endured since an international bailout saved it from bankruptcy in 2010. (AP) ■ Japan's prime minister says he's "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and he demands the release of the other. Shinzo Abe told Japanese broadcaster NHK that the video was likely authentic, though he said the government is still reviewing it. (AP) ■ President Barack Obama opens a three-day visit to India aimed at turning his personal chemistry with Prime Minister Narendra Modi into progress on climate change, defense and economics. (AP) ■ Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched in protest against Shiite rebels who hold the capital, amid a power vacuum in a country that is home to what Washington describes as al-Qaida's most dangerous offshoot. (AP) ■ In a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, they said a perkier Europe, coupled with a prolonged period of low oil prices, could help shore up the global economy following a period of underperformance that has prompted many forecasters to reduce their growth forecasts. (AP) Local News ■ DPP Chairman Tsai Ing-wen and a group of party members paid a short visit to former President Chen Shui-bian in Kaohsiung on the 20th day of his initial month-long medical parole. The group chatted briefly with Chen and his family members, expressing their best wishes and checking on his progress while recuperating in a home environment. (Taiwan News) ■ Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je presented a bonus to police units involved in the search for and arrest of alleged killer Chen Fu-hsiang Saturday. The mayor praised police efforts in tracking down the underworld figure while calling for a review of their actions in order to help speed up responses in future cases. (Taiwan News) ■ Chen Fu-hsiang, who was taken into custody by police in Taoyuan Saturday after 12 days on the run following his alleged slaying of two men in a drug deal in a Ximending parking garage, is now being held incommunicado as police work to learn more details about the execution-style killing of the two men and the whereabouts of drugs, money and weapons related to the incident. (Taiwan News) ■ With American media going ape over President Barack Obama’s decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, Josh Gelernter says in the US magazine National Review this week that there is “another island” that is even more worthy of having its ties with the US restored – Taiwan. (Taiwan News) ■ The Ministry of Finance (MOF) has announced that beginning in October this year, Taipower, Taiwan Water Company, natural gas companies and other utilities will participate in the Uniform Invoice system. As a result the number of invoices issued annually will increase. Once the new system goes into effect consumers will have additional chances to cash in on the awards doled out to holders of invoices with winning numbers in the bi-monthly lottery. (Taiwan News) ■ Farglory Group Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung should come out and take part in the talks about the Taipei Dome himself, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said Saturday after negotiations broke down the day before. (Taiwan News) ■ The Cabinet said Saturday it would not accept NT$3 billion (US$95.8 million) offered by the embattled Ting Hsin International Group for a food safety fund. Health and Welfare Minister Chiang Been-huang said Saturday that the government had no intention of accepting the money and called on Ting Hsin to work first on compensation payments for the damage caused by its own food scandals. (Taiwan News) ■ China plans to hold a grand military parade in September as part of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Sino-Japanese War 1937-1945, according to a Hong Kong newspaper. (CNA) ■ Taiwan's military plans to recruit 14,000 volunteer soldiers this year, surpassing its target of 10,500 in 2014, military spokesman Luo Shou-he said Sunday. The recruitment will be carried out in eight batches this year, as the military moves to phase out conscription in favor of an all-volunteer system by Jan. 1, 2017, Luo said. (CNA) ■ Another chicken farm in Taoyuan has been confirmed as infected with the H5 avian influenza, the city's quarantine authorities said Saturday. More than 1,000 chickens on the farm have died, and the remaining 22,000 will be culled Sunday, according to Taoyuan's Office of Animal Care and Control. (CNA)


Updated : 2021-09-26 00:30 GMT+08:00