Sat, Dec 08, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ CRIME

NSC acts after threat

The National Security Council (NSC) ordered extra protection for President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) daughter, Chen Hsing-yu (陳幸妤), after the Chinese-language Apple Daily newspaper received a postcard yesterday containing a threat to attack the dental clinic where she works unless she apologizes on behalf of her father for comments he made last month. This referred to the president saying that pro-blue supporters should swim to China if they like China so much. The neatly handwritten postcard was mailed on Wednesday from a made-up address in Taipei City, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said. The bureau said the postcard had multiple sets of fingerprints on it but an investigation was underway to catch the perpetrator. The NSC has also alerted secret service agents to provide extra protection to guard Chen Hsing yu's residence and work place.

■ SPORTS

Stamps feature Wang

Taiwan Post next Monday will issue special stamp-collectors' folders featuring New York Yankees pitcher Wang Chien-ming (王建民) for the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung. Wang has been chosen by the Kaohsiung City Government as the official spokesperson for the international sports event. The stamps will be available in three different packages with varying prices. All three options include an A4-sized stamp bearing a picture of Wang. The priciest package, which will cost NT$300, will include three additional stamps of Wang in colors such as gold and silver. The middle option, costing NT$250, will include two additional Wang stamps in gold and silver, and the third package will include four additional stickers not featuring Wang. The folders will be available at post offices or on Taiwan Post's Web site.

■ CRIME

Teens arrested in Cambodia

Three Taiwanese nationals, including two teenage girls, have been arrested in Cambodia for trying to smuggle heroin out of the country, police said yesterday. The girls were identified as Lin Hui-min, 17, and Wu Chia-hsun, 16, who were each carrying 600g of the drug strapped to their thighs under their clothes at Phnom Penh International Airport, police said. Officers also arrested a man in the capital on Thursday in connection with the case, but did not provide details about him. The girls were detained on Wednesday after police searched them as they tried to board a flight to Hong Kong. "We always pay high attention to Taiwanese people now because so far most of the people arrested over drug crimes are Taiwanese nationals," airport police chief Chhuor Kimny said. Around half a dozen Taiwanese citizens have been detained trying to smuggle drugs through Phnom Penh airport in the past year.

■ TRADE

Agency welcomes Taiwan

The Agency for International Trade Information and Cooperation has granted Taiwan observer status for two years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. The international agency functions as an intergovernmental initiative to help less-advantaged countries benefit from globalization by helping them take a more active part in the work of the WTO and other trade-related organizations, as well as trade negotiations. Taiwan's permanent representative to the WTO, Lin Yi-fu (林義夫), has obtained an invitation from the international trade agency's executive director to attend all decision-making meetings of the organization, the ministry said.

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