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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – January 27

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, well known for his off-the-cuff remarks to reporters, made news again Monday when he said he would forward a pocket watch pres...
Taiwanese comic artists have put their pens to paper to show support for Charlie Hebdo ahead of a trip to France to attend the annual Angoulême Intern...

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, well known for his off-the-cuff remarks to reporters, made news again Monday when he said he would forward a pocket watch pres...

Taiwanese comic artists have put their pens to paper to show support for Charlie Hebdo ahead of a trip to France to attend the annual Angoulême Intern...

Market & Commodity ■ The Taiwan Stock Exchange’s (TWSE) main index opened 35.71 points higher to 9,513.38 on Tuesday, with turnover reaching NT$2.13 billion. (Taiwan News) ■ U.S. stocks eked out tiny gains on Monday after spending much of the day drifting sideways. The Dow Jones industrial added 6.10 points, or 0.03 percent, to 17,678.70. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 5.27 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,057.09. The Nasdaq composite rose 13.88 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,771.76. (AP) World News ■ Japan seeks help from Jordan and other countries in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, with no signs of progress on securing his release. The chief government spokesman refused direct comment on the contents of talks with Jordan, where a Japanese envoy is coordinating regional efforts to save hostage Kenji Goto. (AP) ■ The website of Malaysia Airlines is hacked by a group that vows to release data stolen from the site. The site was down for at least seven hours, replaced by a message from the hacker group. (AP) ■ Greece's Syriza party gained the key backing needed to form a government Monday, creating a surprise alliance with a small right-wing party that signals possible confrontation over the country's bailout. (AP) ■ Syrian activists and Kurdish officials say the extremist Islamic State group has been nearly pushed out of the Syrian border town of Kobani. Expelling the militants marks a major symbolic victory both for the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition targeting the Islamic State group in airstrikes. (AP) ■ At least 43 Philippine police commandos are killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists. (AP) ■ President Barack Obama takes in a grand display of Indian military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels, becoming the first American leader to be honored as chief guest at India's annual Republic Day festivities. (AP) Local News ■ President Ma Ying-jeou and Premier Mao Chih-kuo both spoke at the opening session of the National Energy Conference Monday. President Ma noted that 98 percent of the energy consumed in Taiwan relies on imported energy. At the same time, there are also a number of independent power sources which are too valuable to be overlooked. (Taiwan News) ■ As Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je approaches the end of his first month in office, various department and office heads in the municipal government are generally showing two different kinds of reaction to working conditions under the new mayor. (Taiwan News) ■ Tainan Mayor William Lai said Monday that he fully supports investigations into wrongdoing among members of the Tainan City Council. Lai said that prosecutors should pursue all evidence of illegal activities regardless of what party may be involved, saying that those to break the law should be rooted out so that local politics can be clean. (Taiwan News) ■ Taiwan's new minister of transportation and communications Chen Jian-yu said Monday after assuming his post in a formal ceremony that his main priorities will be the high-speed rail, China's new flight routes and the Taoyuan Aerotropolis project. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications "is ready to take over the company to ensure that high-speed rail services will not be interrupted," Chen said. (CNA) ■ he visiting U.K. minister of state for transport, Baroness Kramer, called on Taiwan's Minister of Transportation and Communications Chen Jian-yu Monday to exchange views on Taiwan's railway construction and the business opportunities therein. Chen added that Taiwan welcomes British participation in such projects. (CNA) ■ Taiwan's new culture minister, Hung Meng-chi, praised his predecessor Lung Ying-tai Monday for laying a solid foundation for the Ministry of Culture's "first mile" of work and vowed to continue the existing policies. (CNA)


Updated : 2021-09-25 08:15 GMT+08:00