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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – April 7

An op-ed piece in a Singapore newspaper on Monday said the city state could learn from Taiwan and other Asian countries or cities to build a cycling i...

An op-ed piece in a Singapore newspaper on Monday said the city state could learn from Taiwan and other Asian countries or cities to build a cycling i...

Market & Commodity ■ The Taiwan Stock Exchange’s (TWSE) main index opened 20.72 points higher to 9,621.04 on Tuesday, with turnover reaching NT$2.27 billion. (Taiwan News) ■ U.S. stocks closed higher Monday, led by gains in energy shares as the price of crude oil surged. Volume was relatively light. Many overseas markets were closed for holidays. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 117.61 points, or 0.7 percent, to 17,880.85. The S&P 500 index gained 13.66 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,080.62. The Nasdaq composite added 30.38 points, or 0.6 percent, to 4,917.32. (AP) World News ■ The Kenyan military says it launched air strikes against Islamic militants in Somalia following an attack on a Kenyan college that killed 148 people. (AP) ■ China's 168 million migrant workers are on the vanguard of a growing labor protest movement across the country, leading to a jump in strikes that pose a huge and awkward challenge to the ruling Communist Party. (AP) ■ An Indonesian court rejected appeals by two Australian drug traffickers who challenged President Joko Widodo's decision to refuse them clemency and spare their lives. (AP) ■ Malaysia's police chief says 17 suspected militants have been detained for allegedly plotting to carry out terrorist acts in the country's largest city, Kuala Lumpur. (AP) ■ Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko publicly lifts his objections to a referendum that could give more powers to the restive regions engulfed in more than a year of warfare, but rebels are skeptical. (AP) Local News ■ As the Apache controversy aggravated, there are series of scandals involving almost all branches of the armed forces such as the sexual harassment case in the navy air force and a snap shot of American’s F-18 by hidden camera. The series of incidents has brought President Ma Ying-Jeou’s attention to the disciplinary problems within the military. (Taiwan News) ■ Local TV presenter and socialite Janet Lee expressed her apology over a military security case late Sunday after being questioned and released by Taoyuan district prosecutors. On Sunday, the prosecutors summoned 12 people, including Lao, his wife Chiu Ya-ching, the Lee couple, Chiu's brothers and sister, and the Lao couple's friends who made the March 29 visit, for questioning. Janet Lee was barred from leaving the country as the investigation proceeded. (Taiwan News) ■ The military announced disciplinary measures against five officers Friday for allowing entertainer Janet Lee to take pictures of herself with an Apache helicopter. (Taiwan News) ■ The Legislative Yuan has changed its agenda so it can grill Defense Minister Kao Kuang-chi about the case of the entertainer posting sensitive pictures of the Apache attack helicopter, reports said Saturday. (Taiwan News) ■ While still handling the outrage about a local entertainer posting pictures of an Apache attack helicopter, Taiwan’s military found out Friday that a picture of a US Navy F-18 had also leaked online. (Taiwan News) ■ The Kuomintang will announce its schedule for the presidential primaries on April 8, chairman Eric Liluan Chu said Saturday after Legislative Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu became the first party member to say she would take part. (Taiwan News) ■ A businessman was found guilty on 882 counts and sentenced to two years in prison for repackaging yoghurt past its sell-by date and selling it as milkshakes and ice creams, reports said Saturday. (Taiwan News) ■ Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen will rely on veteran campaign experts Wu Nai-jen and Chiou I-jen to help her in the presidential election, reports said Friday. (Taiwan News) ■ A cold front with northeastern seasonal winds will bring mercury down by more than 10 degrees Celsius and showers in northern Taiwan Tuesday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Monday. (CNA) ■ Six people suffered minor injuries when two tour buses carrying Chinese visitors and a truck were involved in an accident in the mountainous Alishan resort area in southern Taiwan on Monday afternoon. (CNA)


Updated : 2021-09-22 10:29 GMT+08:00