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Saturday, August 23, 2014
A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples.
As graduates flooded into the job market, the unemployment rate in July climbed 0.1 percentage points from last month to reach 4.02 percent, according to a report released by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS, 主計處) yesterday.
 > Taiwan
A real estate industry magazine yesterday announced that the total value of newly constructed homes throughout Northern Taiwan may reach NT$400 billion toward the end of September, vastly exceeding previous estimates of NT$300 billion.
 > Taiwan
Taiwan's machine tool exports during the first seven months of the year were up slightly from a year earlier, an industry group said Friday, primarily because of the low baseline set in 2013.
 > Taiwan
Taiwan will study the possibility of launching cross-border stock trading with Japan in a bid to boost internationalization of the local market, Taiwan's top financial regulator said Friday.
 > Taiwan
TBB awarded BIS certificate for privacy efforts
Taiwan Business Bank (TBB,台灣企銀) recently was conferred a certificate of British Standards Institute (BSI) BS10012:2009 in approval of the bank's relentless work toward protecting personal information.
Shares in Taiwan closed above the 9,300 point mark Friday for the first time since Aug. 4 after recent consolidation, as investors took cues from gains posted on Wall Street overnight to hunt bargains, dealers said.
 > Taiwan
The U.S. dollar fell against the Taiwan dollar Friday, shedding NT$0.032 to close at NT$30.020 after the local market staged a strong rebound, lifting demand for the local currency, dealers said.
 > Taiwan
To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs.
Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few people
Bank of America's record US$16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds — US$7 billion of it geared for consumer relief — offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners.
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