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Saturday, February 28, 2015
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) will attend the 228 Memorial Day Event today at the Taipei 228 Peace Memorial Park. He is a relative of a victim of the historical incident.
 > Local
 > Taipei
Japanese factories churned out more machinery and electronic devices in January as export shipments rose, but lower energy costs due to cheaper crude oil failed to provide a boost to consumer spending.
 > Asia
 > Japan
Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.
 > Europe
France's Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of deal on climate
French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013.
Bangladeshi-American blogger hacked to death by unidentified attackers in Dhaka
A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious fundamentalism was hacked to death in the streets of Bangladesh's capital as he walked with his wife, police said Friday.
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Friday, February 27, 2015
Taiwan -- Joblessness drops to  lowest level since '01
The Executive Yuan's Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS,主計總處) announced the average unemployment rate for January yesterday and revealed it has hit a 14-year record low.
Prince William starts Japan visit with trip to tea house
Britain's Prince William is having afternoon tea on his first visit to Japan on Thursday, but it's green and served by a master in the Japanese ceremonial art in a traditional tea house.
 > Japan
An alleged terror threat by the extremist group Islamic State (IS) against Taipei, posted on Twitter, has been noted and is being taken seriously by the United States, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Thursday.
Chinese state-owned banks loaned US$22.1 billion to Latin American countries last year, helping to keep afloat struggling economies that have been hit hard by a fall in prices for oil, minerals and other commodities that they export, according to new numbers released Thursday by the U.S. think tank the Inter-American Dialogue.
 > Asia
 > China
A plunge in gas prices last month lowered American consumer prices by the most in six years. But excluding the volatile food and energy costs, prices rose.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
A North Korean shipping company that famously tried to hide fighter jets under a cargo of sugar later sought to evade U.N. sanctions by renaming most of its vessels, a new report says.
 > Korea
Islamic State militants have moved a large group of Christians they abducted to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on Wednesday between the extremists and Kurdish and Christian militiamen for control of a chain of villages along a strategic river in northeastern Syria, activists and state-run media said.
Taiwan -- Cabinet on alert after terrorism threat
Responding to a Twitter posting from an alleged IS-affiliated account that included a photo depicting Taipei's cityscape burning, the Executive Yuan responded by saying that they have activated emergency anti-terrorism contact mechanisms since learning about the online posting yesterday evening.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen navigated the tricky job of managing expectations on Tuesday in her first public comments on interest rate policy in more than two months.
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