Friday, December 19, 2014
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Dalai Lama has said the world has a "moral responsibility" to push for democracy and rule of law in China.