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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – March 16

Taiwanese director Yee Chih-yen's 2014 movie Meeting Dr. Sun won both the Best Picture and the Audience Awards at the Osaka Asian Film Festival in Jap...

Taiwanese director Yee Chih-yen's 2014 movie Meeting Dr. Sun won both the Best Picture and the Audience Awards at the Osaka Asian Film Festival in Jap...

World News ■ The Kurdish government says tahe Islamic State group used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against peshmerga fighters. Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces engage in fierce clashes with the extremists as they continue their offensive to retake Tikrit. (AP) ■ New Zealand's government has signed dozens of settlements with Maori tribes in a comprehensive, multibillion-dollar process that has transformed some tribes into major economic players. A U.N. report describes the effort as imperfect but still "one of the most important examples in the world of an effort to address historical and ongoing grievances of indigenous peoples." (AP) ■ Officials struggle to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying islands. (AP) Local News ■ Tens of thousands of opponents of nuclear energy marched in four Taiwanese cities Saturday for the annual commemoration of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. (Taiwan News) ■ Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday rejected reports that the withdrawal of ex-President Chen Shui-bian’s son Chen Chih-chung from the legislative race was a sign of factional infighting within the opposition party. (Taiwan News) ■ Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen told a visiting United States congressional delegation Saturday she planned to visit Washington D.C. later this year. (Taiwan News) ■ Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said Saturday that city officials are carrying out an emergency check of building facades and tiles throughout the city after a falling slab of marble killed one woman and seriously injured another Friday night. The two women had just emerged from a building owned by the United Daily News near Zhongxiao East Road in Taipei when they were struck by a 40-kilogram slab of marble that fell from the exterior wall at the fifth level of the building. (Taiwan News) ■ China carried out an official test on its M503 flight route near the middle of the Taiwan Strait Sunday as Wu Mei-hong, Vice Chairman and spokesman for the Mainland Affairs Council, (MAC) explained that MAC had been properly informed ahead of time of the development. (Taiwan News) ■ A Taiwanese flight attendant has attracted media spotlight after his kind and patient feeding of a disabled passenger was revealed by another passenger on Facebook Saturday. (Taiwan News) ■ A team of researchers in Taiwan said Sunday they have determined that an ancient Chinese medicine compound known as Six-Flavor Rehmanni can help reduce the risk of kidney failure in patients with type 2 diabetes. (CNA) ■ The Ministry of Economic Affairs said Sunday that it has no intention of extending the life of Taiwan's first and second nuclear power plants, as environmental groups have charged, but will need to send some of the plants' spent nuclear fuel overseas because of a storage problem. (CNA) ■ Taiwan's service sector remained stable in January, flashing a "green light" for the 11th consecutive month, according to the Commerce Development Research Institute. (CNA) Market & Commodity ■ The Taiwan Stock Exchange’s (TWSE) main index opened 11.24 points higher, or 0.12 percent, to 9,590.59 on Monday, with turnover reaching NT$1.77 billion. (Taiwan News)


Updated : 2021-09-26 08:02 GMT+08:00