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The financially-strapped Kuomintang (KMT) Friday reported a surprise find from its coffers -- a stash of pre-1949 government bonds equivalent to over NT$38.5 billion (US$1.26 billion). But the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said the party could redeem them until cross-strait unification was achieved.
 
Gov't launches Anti-Money Laundering Office
The Anti-Money Laundering Office (洗錢防制辦公室) was officially opened Thursday, with the Justice Ministry announcing that regulations to monitor specific government officials, lawmakers and individuals with close ties could be rolled out to crack down on crime.
 
Kuomintang declares discovery of NT$38.5 billion in US gold bonds
The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) said Friday that it had discovered U.S. gold bonds currently valued at NT$38.5 billion dollars (US$1.25 billion) among its party assets.
 
Shares of Catcher rise on high Q4 earnings
Shares of Catcher Technology Co. (可成), a Taiwanese metal casing supplier to Apple Inc., gained in Friday morning trade after Catcher reported record high earnings for the fourth quarter of last year, dealers said.
 
Drier, warmer weather to last into Saturday
Temperatures would rise further while chances of rain would decrease Friday, making for a mostly dry and comfortable start of the weekend the following day, the Central Weather Bureau said.
 
Headlines from across Taiwan
Good morning, here are the top stories from around Taiwan for Friday March 17, 2017.
 
The Ministry of Education confirmed Thursday that 47 schools have provided lunch meals cooked with expired margarine to students.
 
The Taiwan military is capable of striking Chinese bases up to 1,000 kilometers away should a cross-strait war break out, a Defense Ministry official said Friday.
 
A series of events in commemoration of April 7's Freedom of Speech Day will be hosted in the following weeks by a number of government agencies, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) reported during a weekly Cabinet meeting on Thursday.
 
Come drive with me
A woman surnamed Tseng is informed that she has won a Mercedes-Benz E class during an event hosted by duty-free store Everrich inside the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Thursday, March 16. The event was held to celebrate the airport handling over 40 million passengers last year -- a new record.
 
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