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10AM Easy EZ News Intro

 

Good morning. It's 10 o'clock. I'm ______ and it's time for Easy EZ News on

ICRT.

 

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T*Taiex update

 

The Tai-Ex opened up 19-points this morning from yesterday's close, at 9,735

on turnover of 1-billion N-T.

 

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T*MND working on Taiping plan

 

The government is working on plans to make defense stronger on Taiping Island.

 

The Ministry of National Defense would not give any details.

 

There were reports that the government wanted to put advanced (先進)

high-tech weapons systems on the island.

 

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T*Pension protests scheduled today

 

A group of people are planning to protest at the Control Yuan and Legislative

Yuan in Taipei today.

 

They are against the government's plans to change the pension system.

 

Tomorrow, lawmakers will start looking at bills on changing the system.

 

The Pension Reform Oversight Alliance organized the rally, and civil

servants, teachers and military personnel will attend (出席).

 

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T*EPA to increase fuel surcharge

 

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The price of diesel and gasoline could go up at the end of this year.

 

The Environmental Protection Agency will raise the charge from 0.2 to 0.4 N-T

per liter on diesel and from 0.2 to 0.3 N-T per liter on gasoline.

 

Officials say this will bring an extra $1.9-billion NT per year to government

funds (資金).

 

The funds totaling $20-billion NT will be used to help get diesel trucks made

before July 1999 off the road.

 

The EPA says there are about 81-thousand trucks around the island.

 

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NKorea Trump 

 

US President Donald Trump says his way of dealing with North Korea will be

different from leaders (領袖) before him.

 

Our US Correspondent Simon Marks reports.

 

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Venezuelan president approves militia expansion

 

Venezuela's leader wants to have more people in the country's militia (民兵).

 

President Nicolas Maduro says he wants to raise the number of people in

militias (民兵) from 100-thousand to 500-thousand.

 

Each member would have a gun.

 

People are planning a protest in Venezuela tomorrow.

 

They want an election and changes to the government.

 

Thousands of people have protested in Venezuela recently. 

 

The protests have resulted in at least five deaths, dozens hurt, and more

than 100 people held by police.

 

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Paraguay president won't run for reelection

 

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Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes says he won't run for re-election in 2018.

 

Last month the Senate secretly voted to change the constitution, allowing for

a second term.

 

But Cartes now says he won't run, even if Congress approves the change.

 

Cartes says he made the decision after Pope Francis called for people to

avoid violence and try to solve problems through politics (政治).

 

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10AM Easy EZ News Outro

 

That's it for Easy EZ News today. 

 

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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