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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – June 23

Just days before Apple Inc.'s smartwatch is scheduled to go on sale in Taiwan, a local tech news website has reported that the device will be availabl...

Just days before Apple Inc.'s smartwatch is scheduled to go on sale in Taiwan, a local tech news website has reported that the device will be availabl...

Market & Commodity ■ The Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) main index opened 34.01 points higher to 9,375.78 Tuesday, with turnover reaching NT$1.46 billion. (Taiwan News) World News ■ The European Union launches a naval operation to try to stop human-traffickers from bringing migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe in unseaworthy boats. (AP) ■ Church bells toll across the city, thousands of people link up on a bridge and a historic sanctuary reopens in a display of unity as Charleston heals from the church massacre and gets set for a week of funerals and mourning the "Emanuel Nine" victims. (AP) ■ The leaders of South Korea and Japan attend separate ceremonies in their respective capitals marking the 50th anniversary of the resumption of normal ties - small, mostly symbolic moves that could signal an easing of abysmal relations between the key U.S. allies. (AP) ■ A Taliban suicide bomber strikes the entrance to the Afghan parliament and gunmen try to storm the heavily guarded compound, setting off a gun battle with police that leaves two people dead as lawmakers meet inside to vote on the appointment of a new defense minister. Afghan security forces repel the attack, killing all seven gunmen. (AP) Local News ■ The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) announced Monday the mandatory imposition of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system in international tourists hotels dotted across the nation, which will be put into effect beginning July 1. (Taiwan News) ■ The Taipei Dome’s arbitration that was supposed to be carried out Monday at the Taiwan Construction Arbitration Association (TCAA) has been postponed because Farglory’s appointed arbitrator Shih Yi-fang handed his sudden resignation before the hearing. (Taiwan News) ■ Kuomintang presidential hopeful Hung Hsiu-chu said over a radio talk show Monday that she regrets the local media had misinterpreted her non-compliance over subjects related to the United States visit, and also having created the misinformation that there is a tension buildup between her and the KMT party. (Taiwan News) ■ Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je disclosed Monday during the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade Organizing Committee meeting that the opening and closing ceremony of the games will not be held at the Taipei Dome. Ko said The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has already been informed that the ceremonies will instead be staged at the Taipei Municipal Stadium. (Taiwan News) ■ More than 200,000 Taiwanese living in China will likely return to the island early next year to cast their votes in two crucial elections that may set a new course in cross-Taiwan Strait relations, a leading Taiwanese business investor in China said Monday. (CNA)


Updated : 2021-06-23 17:29 GMT+08:00