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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Taiwan shares closed up 20.28 points, or 0.24 percent, at 8,485.73 Monday on thin turnover thanks to a rebound led by plastics and chemicals issues.
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The face value of the gold reserves held by the central bank has dropped by nearly NT$380 billion (US$11.68 billion) amid falling global gold prices, but the nation's foreign exchange reserves remain at a record high.
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The average monthly wages of workers rose 3 percent in the first nine months of this year from a year earlier, partially reflecting an increase in year-end and performance bonuses, according to government statistics released Monday.
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Taiwan's Gogoro Inc., the maker of so-called "Tesla of scooters," launched a battery-swapping station at a convenience store chain in Taiwan on Monday for the first time.
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Nuclear, renewable: S. Africa's new energy mix
Heavily reliant on coal-fired electricity, South Africa is launching ambitious new projects aimed at diversifying its energy sources and avoiding the regular power cuts that have hobbled the economy in recent years.
The signing on Sunday by the leaders of the 10 Southeast Asian countries of the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on the formation of the ASEAN Community by Dec. 31 should not be misconstrued as the culmination of the process of economic integration in the region. It is only the beginning and remains a work in progress.
A German department store said Sunday that it's putting eight Israeli wines back on the shelves after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused it of boycotting Israeli goods.
Foreign investors in Thailand affected by state officials seeking bribes now have more channels to seek recourse after the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission set up a center to accept complaints.
Flights to and from two northern Iraqi airports were suspended for 48 hours beginning on Monday due to danger posed by Russian cruise missiles heading for neighboring Syria, officials said.
Viagra-maker Pfizer and Allergan, the maker of Botox, said Monday they will merge to create the world's biggest pharmaceutical group in a deal worth around US$160 billion.
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