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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – February 6

Taiwan continued Thursday to receive messages of condolences from other countries over the casualties suffered in a TransAsia Airways crash in Taipei ...
Google Inc. launched an initiative Thursday to provide tutorial and training resources for Taiwanese graduates as part of a strategy to strengthen its...

Taiwan continued Thursday to receive messages of condolences from other countries over the casualties suffered in a TransAsia Airways crash in Taipei ...

Google Inc. launched an initiative Thursday to provide tutorial and training resources for Taiwanese graduates as part of a strategy to strengthen its...

Market & Commodity ■ The Taiwan Stock Exchange’s (TWSE) main index opened 5.89 points higher to 9,517.94 on Friday, with turnover reaching NT$1.98 billion. (Taiwan News) ■ The U.S. stock market surged again on Thursday, putting the Dow Jones industrial average on track for its best week since 2011. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 211.86 points, or 1.2 percent, to 17,884.88. The Standard & Poor's 500 index jumped 21.01 points, or 1 percent, to 2,062.52. The Nasdaq rose 48.39 points, or 1 percent, to 4,765.10. (AP) World News ■ North Korea, long accused by the U.S. and others of engaging in counterfeiting, drug trafficking and even online gambling scams, is trying to repair its international image by courting a little-known but influential body that fights money laundering and terrorist financing. (AP) ■ A Canadian woman detained in China along with her husband on suspicion of stealing state secrets has been released on bail. She and her husband were detained in August in China's northeastern city of Dandong, which borders North Korea. (AP) ■ In a new push for peace in eastern Ukraine, the leaders of France and Germany announce they are heading to Kiev and Moscow with a proposal to end the fighting. The surprise move Thursday came as the U.S. edged toward offering Ukraine lethal military aid. (AP) ■ Jordan's king vows to wage a "harsh" war against the Islamic State group after the militants burned a captive Jordanian pilot in a cage and released a video of the killing. The images have sent waves of revulsion across the region. (AP) Local News ■ Prosecutors were preparing to question cabin attendant Huang Ching-ya, the only member of the crew who survived the TransAsia Airways crash, reports said Thursday. By Thursday evening, the death toll of Wednesday morning’s disaster had risen to 32, including 18 tourists from China. The search for 12 people still missing had been expanded to include the Keelung River under the surface. (Taiwan News) ■ China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun has postponed his planned weekend meeting with Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi after the TransAsia Airways crash, both sides announced Thursday. (Taiwan News) ■ After Li Mao-sheng, a law professor at National Taiwan University, said on Facebook Wednesday that the order to dismantle a floodgate on the Keelung River dike was the act of an "Alpha ape," numerous netizens lauded the remark, directing most of their praise at New Taipei City Deputy Mayor Hou You-yi. (Taiwan News) ■ The Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) announced Thursday that the consumer price index (CPI) for Taiwan dropped by 1.24% from December to 102.29. The figure was a 0.94% decline from the same period last year. The declines are largely a reflection of slumping prices for international oil and were partially offset by increases in prices a number of goods including meat and eggs. (Taiwan News) ■ The DPP has announced that it is moving its nomination process for the upcoming presidential primary forward, sparking speculation over whether Tainan City Mayor William Lai will attempt to build on his strong grassroots support and the party’s momentum from the 9-in-1 elections in November and ride the wave into the 2016 presidential elections. (Taiwan News) ■ Chen Shun-sheng, Deputy Director of Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial and deputy convener of the medical team for former President Chen Shui-bian, said Wednesday that Chen has made some progress during the one month that he has been receiving treatment and rehabilitation at home in Kaohsiung. Chen Shun-sheng said the grip in Chen’s left hand has improved slightly and suggested that the next areas of concern during his rehabilitation program should center on dealing with problems with osteoporosis and ensuring that he gets fresh air and sun. (Taiwan News) ■ The head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, Zhang Zhijun, was to postpone a meeting with his Taiwanese counterpart in Taiwan-controlled Kinmen that had been scheduled for Saturday in the wake of Wednesday's plane crash in Taipei, both sides said Thursday. (CNA) ■ The Taipei District Court on Thursday sentenced Chang Te-cheng, who rammed his 35-ton gravel truck through barriers and up the front steps of the Presidential Office in January last year, to five years and 10 months in prison. (CNA)


Updated : 2021-09-27 06:37 GMT+08:00