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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Prosecutors: Capsized boat captain and crew member arrested
Prosecutors said Tuesday that they arrested the captain and a crew member of the boat in which as many as 900 people are feared to have drowned in the unremitting waves of migrants seeking to escape from war-torn Libya.
 > Europe
South Korea's prime minister offers to resign amid scandal
South Korea's prime minister has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal just two months after he took up the country's No. 2 post, officials said Tuesday, in the latest political crisis to hit President Park Geun-hye.
 > Korea
Taiwan -- Four strong earthquakes hit Taiwan
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake -- the strongest recorded so far this year -- struck the northeastern coast of Taiwan at 9:42 a.m. yesterday.
Taiwan -- Hung starts presidential bid as other KMT leaders wait
Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) officially started her bid to become the Kuomintang's (KMT) presidential nominee in the 2016 election yesterday. Hung became the party's first member to collect the application forms to register herself as a presidential candidate.
'No more excuses', EU warns as another boat sinks
EU foreign minister Federica Mogherini told member states Monday they had "no more excuses" not to act on the Mediterranean migrant crisis as reports came through of another boat sinking with 300 people on board.
 > Europe
Al-Shabab bombs UN van, 4 UNICEF workers die
A bomb exploded Monday on a van carrying U.N. employees in northern Somalia, killing at least seven people and wounding several others, police and U.N. officials said. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.
 > Africa
Monday, April 20, 2015
China's Xi heads to Islamabad to unveil US$46 billion investment
Chinese President Xi Jinping heads to Islamabad Monday to unveil a US$46 billion investment plan that Pakistan hopes will end its chronic energy crisis and "transform" the country into a regional economic hub.
'Worst-ever' migrant shipwreck prompts calls for EU action
EU ministers headed Monday into crisis talks under pressure to confront people-smuggling gangs, with more than 700 people feared dead in what may be the Mediterranean's deadliest migrant disaster to date.
 > Europe
Australia brokers intelligence-sharing deal with Iran
Australia and Iran will share intelligence to track foreign fighters working with the Islamic State group in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday, as lawmakers urged caution.
Taiwan -- Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes eastern Taiwan
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan at 9:42 a.m. Monday, the Central Weather Bureau said.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said that Farglory (遠雄) could present its own plans to address the Taipei Dome safety issues.
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Taiwan -- Farglory could send substitute plans: Ko
As many as 700 migrants were feared drowned Sunday after their packed boat capsized off Libya in what was described as the deadliest such disaster to date in the Mediterranean.
 > Europe
Mainland China's central bank announced Sunday it would cut the level of funds that commercial banks must hold in reserve by one percentage point, the second such move this year to boost lending.
Turin Shroud goes back on display for faithful
Turin's archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus are returning to see the linen again after it went back on display starting Sunday.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
S.Africa's Zuma seeks to reassure foreigners as violence spreads
President Jacob Zuma on Saturday pleaded with foreigners to stay in South Africa as he cancelled a state visit to Indonesia to deal with a wave of deadly xenophobic violence at home.
 > Africa
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