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Taiwan News Afternoon Briefing – June 15

Taiwan News Afternoon Briefing – June 15

Market & Commodity ■ The Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) main index opened 0.04 points lower to 9,301.89 Friday, with turnover reaching NT$ 1.59 billion. (Taiwan News) World News ■ WHO and South Korean experts say expect more MERS cases in the country after it reported its 14th death and 12 new infections, but downplay chances of pandemic and say control measures such as quarantine appear to be working (AP) ■ North Korea accuses US of targeting it with live anthrax, wants UN Security Council to probe. (AP) ■ The U.S. House of Representatives sidetracks a high-profile White House-backed trade bill, a blow to a pending Asian trade deal and a humiliating defeat for President Barack Obama inflicted by members of his own party. (AP) ■ Thousands of Syrians cut through a border fence and crossed over into Turkey on Sunday, fleeing intense fighting in northern Syria between Kurdish fighters and jihadis. (AP) ■An Afghan official says at least 20 police officers have been killed after militants ambushed checkpoints in the country's volatile southern Helmand province. (AP) Local News ■ Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson and presidential contender Tsai Ing-wen hopes the draft proposal to lower the voting age to 18 could pass through the legislature’s Constitutional Amendment Committee without a hitch (Taiwan News) ■ Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng called Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu over the telephone Sunday to congratulate her for passing the 30 percent threshold in the Kuomintang’s election primary (Taiwan News) ■ Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je on Sunday called for the imposition of a unified public safety standard in all large-scale construction projects nationwide to avoid a repeat of irregularities as witnessed with Farglory’s Taipei Dome. (Taiwan News) ■ As the MERS outbreak continues to ravage South Korea and create panic across many parts of Asia, the Taipei City Hospital’s Zhongxiao branch revealed Sunday that a girl who had previously traveled to South Korea reported into hospital on Saturday evening after showing symptoms of fever. (Taiwan News) ■ Kuomintang (KMT) Secretary-General Lee Shu-chuan announced Sunday at the party’s headquarters in Taipei that Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu successfully passed the 30 percent threshold in the opinion surveys conducted on Friday and Saturday with a support rating of 46.203 percent. (Taiwan News) ■ Beijing sent a goodwill message to Taiwan Sunday at the 2015 Cross-Strait Forum in Xiamen, southern China, offering Taiwanese travelers to China visa-free privileged treatment in the future in its effort to boost exchanges between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. (CNA) ■ The New Taipei City government and the Philippine Representative Office in Taiwan jointly held a mask carnival at the public square in front of the New Taipei City Hall Sunday in celebration of Philippine Independence Day. (CNA) ■ Thunderstorms brought heavy rain to the greater Taipei area Sunday afternoon, causing flash floods in parts of the metropolises, as local firefighters, policemen and other officials work in emergency centers to cope with the situation. (CNA)


Updated : 2021-09-20 05:25 GMT+08:00