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Taiwan confirms first new virus case

Taiwan yesterday reported its first confirmed case of a new type of coronavirus — a 55-year-old Taiwanese woman who arrived on Monday from China. The woman, who works in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus was first discovered, reported to quarantine officials at TaiwanFULL STORY

Asia steps up checks as China virus kills six

Asian countries yesterday ramped up measures to block the spread of a new virus, as the death toll in China rose to six and the number of cases jumped to almost 300, raising concerns in the middle of a major holiday travel rush. Nations across theFULL STORY

Tsai commends completion of jet upgrading

By Huang Hsin-po and Jake Chung

Taiwan is the first nation to deploy upgraded F-16V jets in combat units, which should greatly bolster the air force’s capabilities, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday. The upgrades were undertaken by Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (漢翔航空工業), the nation’s largest civilian and military aircraft manufacturer, inFULL STORY

Highway traffic to increase today as holiday commences

By Shelley Shan

Highway traffic is expected to pick up today as people start hitting the roads for the Lunar New Year holiday. Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday inspected the agencies under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications to ensure that everything runs smoothly over the holiday, which beginsFULL STORY

Thai court acquits opposition party of sedition charge

Thailand’s Constitutional Court yesterday acquitted the nation’s third-largest political party of seeking to overthrow the constitutional monarchy in another legal case highlighting political divisions in the Southeast Asian nation. The court ruled that the Future Forward Party showed no intention of committing sedition and that theFULL STORY

Coronavirus outbreak hits 217 in China2020-01-21

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) yesterday said that it was “extremely crucial” to take every possible measure to combat a new coronavirus, which has infected 217 people in the country and as South Korea reported its first case. Xi’s remarks, cited by state broadcasterFULL STORY

Epidemic response command center set up2020-01-21

By Lee I-chia and Shelley Shan

Taiwan yesterday set up an epidemic response command center to contain the spread of a new coronavirus, which was first discovered in Wuhan, China. With the novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) infection spreading to other Asian nations and many people expected to return from China duringFULL STORY

Japan’s Norihiko Dan to design offshore airports2020-01-21

By Shelley Shan

The government has again recruited Japanese architect Norihiko Dan to design new airport terminals in four of the nation’s outlying islands, Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) Director General Lin Kuo-hsien (林國顯) said yesterday at a ceremony to mark the agency’s 73rd anniversary. Dan was in charge ofFULL STORY

Mixed reaction to KMT boss’ call for committee overhaul2020-01-21

By Ann Maxon

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Acting Chairman Lin Rong-te (林榮德) said he would urge all Central Standing Committee (CSC) members older than 60 to step down tomorrow, a call that has received a mixed reaction from other KMT members. The committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow. Lin, whoFULL STORY

Rising inequality eroding trust in capitalism: survey2020-01-21

Rising income inequality is undermining confidence in capitalism around the world, according to a survey conducted by public relations firm Edelman ahead of the gathering of business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland. Among those surveyed in the report published yesterday, 56 percent thought that capitalismFULL STORY

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