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2019-03-11

Section break ---- C*News Intro I'm ... w/ the top of the hour news ..... ---- E*EZ NEWS MARCH 11, 2019 ---- E*Tai-Ex opening The Tai-Ex opened down 17-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 10,224 on turnover of 1.3-billion N-T. The market closed down Friday. Some stocks moved down sharply (大幅), especially in Shanghai and Hong Kong, after China reported a drop (跌、衰退) in its exports. ---- E*Kaohsiung Confirms Panda Gift from China Kaohsiung officials confirm (證實) that a city in China may give them two pandas. Reports say the Chinese National People's Congress' "Taiwan Representative" Xu Pei said she is hoping to give Kaohsiung the pandas. Xu reporteldy said the pandas "will establish (建立) a link (鏈接、聯通) between Kaohsiung's Shoushan Zoo and the Chongqing Zoo". Reports say the pandas could be in Taiwan within the next two years at the earliest. This comes as Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu is set to visit China, Hong Kong and Macau later this week. ---- E*US Ambassador for Religious Freedom Arrives for Forum The U-S Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom is in Taiwan for a forum (論壇). Sam Brownback will give a keynote speech at the "Civil Society Dialogue on Securing (確保) Religious Freedom in the Indo-Pacific Region" forum in Taipei this week. The event starts today, and is organized by (舉辦) the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Brownback will also meet with senior government officials, lawmakers, and religious leaders. The American Institute in Taiwan says the two-day-forum is the first ever (史無前例的) to be held in the region. AIT says it is the second part of the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The first part happened in Washington in July, and was hosted by U-S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. ---- E*Ethiopia Airlines List of Passenger Nationalities Ethiopian Airlines has released (發布) a list of the victims of a major crash. Most of the dead are from Kenya and Ethiopia, although there were also citizens (公民) from other countries. AP correspondent Charles de Ledesma reports. < [CLIP] Slug: > ---- E*EU Storms Disrupt Travel in Germany Storms caused disruptions (中斷、困難) for travelers in Germany on Sunday. Long-distance train service stopped, and some lines in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia were cut off after trees fell on the tracks. Some flights were cancelled at Frankfurt airport, which is Germany's busiest airport. Two planes flying to Cologne-Bonn airport were divered because of strong winds. Police say a 47-year-old driver died when a tree fell on his car. The country's meteorological agency (氣象機構) put out a storm warning Sunday for large parts of western and central Germany. They predicted gusts (陣風) of up to 120 kph. ---- E*India Prepares for General Election India's Election Commission says national elections (選舉) will begin April 11-th About 900 million people are eligible (合格) to vote. India's election is staggered (交錯), with different parts of the country voting on different days. The government sends tens of thousands of troops to voting stations to stop violence. The votes will be counted May 23rd. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party seeks (尋求) a second term. ---- C*News Outro That was the I-C-R-T news Check in again tomorrow for our simplified version of the news, uploaded every day in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm ____. ----
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