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Friday, October 31, 2014
Burkina Faso leader refuses to quit after day of violence
Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore on Thursday refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze.
 > Africa
Three U.S. citizens missing for more than two weeks have been found dead in Mexico near the border city of Matamoros, and authorities are questioning a local police unit about possible involvement, the attorney general in northern Tamaulipas state said Thursday.
Taiwan -- Prosecutors indict Wei, seek 30 years in prison
The Taiwan Changhua District Court has not yet decided whether to continue the detention of the former chairman of Ting Hsin Oil & Fat Industrial Co. (頂新製油實業) and Wei Chuan Foods Corporation (味全食品) Wei Ying-chung (魏應充) as of press time, yesterday.
Ting Hsin was ordered to compensate the Dr. Chiang chain of health food shops (江醫師追求零無染舖子) NT$1 billion for causing economic loss after a Taipei court found that Dr. Chiang has suffered ever since the chain bought tainted oil from Ting Hsin and used it in its own, reputedly non-tainted line of products.
The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.
The U.S. Federal Reserve cited an improving economy Wednesday as it ended its landmark bond-buying program and pointed to gains in the job market -- a key condition for an eventual interest rate hike.
Bumgarner, Giants beat KC to win World Series
Madison Bumgarner punctuated a World Series performances for the ages by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third title in five years with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 on Wednesday night.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
For its involvement in the most recent oil scandal, Ting Hsin International Group (頂新國際集團) should step away from the board of Taipei 101 and sell all of its stake in the building, Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford (張盛和) said yesterday.
Europe's battered financial sector is showing further signs of healing as conditions for bank loans ease and demand for loans picks up, a key European Central Bank (ECB) survey showed on Wednesday.
 > Europe
Taiwan -- FDA to increase food security budget by 8 percent
Minister Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌) of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) yesterday said that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食藥署) will seek to increase its budget by approximately 8 percent to conduct food safety investigations overseas.
A senior Hong Kong lawmaker was expelled from a prestigious Chinese government body Wednesday, in a sign that Beijing will not tolerate dissent from loyalists over pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous city.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Supply rocket headed to space station explodes
An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site in Virginia. No injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA's commercial spaceflight effort.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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