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Monday, February 2, 2015
Japan decries 'heinous' Goto beheading claim
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday denounced as "heinous and despicable" the apparent beheading of a second Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group, as global leaders denounced the jihadists.
 > Japan
Thousands march again for democracy in Hong Kong
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday for the first time since mass demonstrations shut down parts of the city for more than two months.
The Council of Agriculture's (COA) Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) emphasized in a public announcement yesterday that recent cold fronts could exacerbate the spread of the H5 bird flu epidemic that has been sweeping the nation.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Japan outraged as video purportedly shows hostage beheaded
Japan and other nations condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the beheading purportedly by the Islamic State group of Kenji Goto, a journalist who sought through his coverage of Syria to convey the plight of refugees, children and other victims of war.
 > Japan
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) remarks that longer periods of colonialism produce more advanced cultures drew wide criticism in Taiwan yesterday.
 > Local
 > Taipei
Alibaba founder Jack Ma has met with the head of a powerful Chinese regulator, days after authorities accused the e-commerce giant of allowing "illegal" actions on its multibillion-dollar online shopping platform.
Dominant Serena Williams defeats Maria Sharapova for her 19th Slam
Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open and 19th career Grand Slam with a hard-fought win over bitter rival Maria Sharapova on Saturday, consolidating her place among the game's legends.
 > Tennis
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday welcomed an African Union proposal to set up a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants.
 > Africa
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries
Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year that triggered U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold on the town seem shaky and is threatening the wider fight against Islamic state militants.
Germany bluntly rejected on Friday suggestions that Greece should be forgiven repayment of its rescue loans, while a top eurozone official said there was no decision yet on what to do after the country's bailout program runs out at the end of February.
 > Europe
In light of newly elected Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu's (朱立倫) substantial personnel reform measures, several senior party employees have reportedly voiced their resentment toward Chu's persistence in making changes without providing them with alternative occupational arrangements.
Falling prices sent another worrying signal about the eurozone economy just before the European Central Bank starts a 1 trillion euro (US$1.1 trillion) stimulus effort.
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