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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
A R.O.C. delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Simon Ko (柯森耀) visited Saudi Arabia last week to express the government's condolences over the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be discussing its nominations and party primaries for the upcoming presidential elections in 2016 today, amid rumors that party central is attempting to weed out “other competitors” by completing the registration before Chinese New Year.
Senior officials from Taichung, Changhua and Nantou convened in Taichung yesterday for the first time in an inter-party meeting, aiming to discuss safety concerns and promote cross-county collaboration in handling the recent H5 bird flu epidemic. The two magistrates and one mayor also announced a plan for a joint tourism market strategy between the three local governments.
Another 19 poultry farms in Taiwan have been confirmed infected with avian influenza, bringing the total to 487 farms across the island, quarantine authorities said Tuesday.
Taiwanese PC maker Acer Inc. (宏碁), whose cloud computing unit handled the online ticketing for nine Jody Chiang (江蕙) concerts, said Tuesday that its system absorbed nearly 40 million hack attacks during the registration and sales process.
Taiwan will soon donate US$500,000 toward assisting water well rehabilitation in Northern Jordan to improve the supply of safe water to Syrian refugees living in the region, a government official announced yesterday.
British transport minister Baroness Kramer said Tuesday that she has shared the United Kingdom's experience of running the London Olympics transportation services with officials from Taipei, which is set to host the 2017 Summer Universiade.
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Reaching the second day of the national energy meeting yesterday, Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) was said to have concluded with remarks that the Cabinet will not be commenting directly on its stance regarding all nuclear energy-related issues.
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The Army demonstrated its defense capabilities in an anti-paratrooper drill Tuesday to highlight the military's high level of alert and to strengthen combat readiness ahead of the Lunar New Year break in February.
Facebook was back online shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday after a nervous 50 minutes that left social media users in Taiwan confused and isolated from their online community.
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