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Friday, December 19, 2014
Taiwan -- Kaohsiung charges LCY chair, 11 others over blasts
The Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office (KDPO) yesterday indicted a total of 12 people for professional negligence that ultimately caused the gas pipe explosions in late July, including LCY Chemical Corp. (LCY, 李長榮化學工業) Chairman Bowei Lee (李謀偉) and the head of Kaohsiung City's Maintenance Office.
Taiwan -- Famous instant noodle brand pulled back into food scandal
Tainted dried tofu products continued to come to light thanks to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday as it published the latest list of affected companies goods that includes Wei Lih Men sauce package (維力炸醬包), a well-known instant noodle brand, and many other tofu manufacturers.
US, Cuba agree to revive diplomatic relations
The United States and Cuba moved to end five decades of Cold War hostility Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties in a breakthrough that would also ease a crippling U.S. trade embargo.
Russia President Vladimir Putin on Thursday tried to quell fears of economic collapse and vowed rapid recovery from the worst financial crisis of his rule but stressed that his position on Ukraine has not shifted.
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U.S. stocks powered higher in opening trade Thursday, joining a surge in European markets amid rising oil prices and improved sentiment following Wednesday's Federal Reserve meeting.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Palestinians set deadline for Israeli occupation
Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday, while the Palestinians at the United Nations set a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from lands captured nearly 50 years ago by the end of 2017.
US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking
Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.
Taiwan -- 6 Ko advisers quit over rumored culture pick
At least six of Taipei Mayor-elect Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) advisers have bowed out in response to the rumored appointment of Ni Chung-hua (倪重華) -- Taiwan's "godfather of live concerts" -- as head of Taipei's cultural affairs department.
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Ruentex Financial Group (潤泰集團) Chairman Samuel Yin (尹衍樑) declared yesterday that he was responsible for reporting former Taoyuan Deputy Magistrate Yeh Shih-wen (葉世文) after the latter accepted a bribe from Farglory Group Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (趙滕雄).
Plunging gasoline costs caused U.S. consumer prices to drop in November, muting inflation across the entire economy.
Dalai Lama says he could be the institution's last
The Dalai Lama has said the world has a "moral responsibility" to push for democracy and rule of law in China.
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