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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Taiwan -- U.S. 'appreciates' South China Sea Peace Initiative: official
The United States welcomed a Taiwan initiative for peace in the disputed South China Sea, an official with the U.S. State Department said Tuesday.
Deaths from major heatwave sweeping India top 1,100
More than 1,100 people have died in a major heatwave sweeping India, authorities said Wednesday, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue.
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104,000 taxpayers have personal info stolen from IRS website
More than 100,000 U.S. taxpayers have had their personal tax information stolen from an Internal Revenue Service website as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds.
In an effort to reduce increasing tension surrounding sovereignty disputes among claimants of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday proposed a new peace plan for the region, urging parties not to take unilateral actions that could further destabilize the area. .
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China's Ministry of Transport held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the construction of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea area, a move that is likely to escalate tensions in the region.
Mainland China said Tuesday it would project its military power further beyond its sea borders and more assertively in the air, defending the construction of artificial islands which sparked concern in Washington.
Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell slightly in April. But a category that reflects business investment climbed for a second month, a hopeful sign that this key sector is starting to revive.
Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas
A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant away from its mother. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Tornado, floods leave deadly trail at Mexico-US border
MEXICO CITY - A tornado ripped into a town in northern Mexico on Monday, killing at least 13 people and flattening hundreds of homes in a deadly six-second blast of carnage, officials said.
Samsung to merge two major units
SEOUL - Samsung Group announced Tuesday the merger of two major affiliates, as the South Korean business giant accelerates restructuring efforts ahead of a generational power transfer within the founding Lee family.
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Taiwan -- Taiwan president proposes South China Sea Peace Initiative
Taipei - President Ma Ying-jeou called for putting aside differences and promoting the joint development of resources in a "South China Sea Peace Initiative" during a forum in Taipei on Tuesday amid rising tensions in the region.
An investigation team from the New Taipei District Prosecutors Office (NTDPO, 新北地檢署) led by Prosecutor Chu Ren-jie (褚仁傑), summoned four police officers yesterday for allegedly shielding and abetting a loan shark and reportedly forcing borrowers to transfer house and land deeds to the alleged loan shark, according to the Bureau of Investigation (BOI, 調查局).
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Taiwan -- Taiwan's Hou takes the best director accolade in Cannes
 Renowned Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) on Sunday took home the accolade of Best Director from the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival for his first historical martial arts piece "The Assassin" (聶隱娘).
As Beijing wrestles with neighboring countries over maritime territory, President Ma Ying-jeou will propose his South China Sea Peace Initiative today, seeking to become an active player in the promotion of peace and stability in the region.
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