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Friday, December 5, 2014
Wind gusts and sluggish fuel valves conspired to keep NASA's new Orion spacecraft on the launch pad Thursday, delaying a crucial test flight meant to revitalize human exploration.
Premier-to-be Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) will be leading the Cabinet to "turn defeat into victory" with his calm demeanor and courage in the face of challenges, said the Presidential Office yesterday.
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The Taipei City Government published the results of inspections on organic food products yesterday, saying that of a total of 997 products, 27 items failed to pass tests. Fines and recall orders have already been issued to the companies involved, authorities reported.
Easy victory predicted for PM Abe in Japan vote: polls
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party is on course for a landslide win in the Dec. 14 general election, opinion polls published Thursday showed.
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Investors are waiting to learn more about when the European Central Bank (ECB) might launch large-scale corporate or government bond purchases to help the economy and bring inflation up from dangerous lows.
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An 18-year-old woman suspected of devising a plan to kill her husband in order to receive insurance payouts was released by the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office yesterday. The woman was let go without bail after prosecutors' investigations resulted in insufficient evidence to prove her guilty.
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Protests erupt in NY after grand jury decision
Thousands of protesters hit the streets of New York after a grand jury declined Wednesday to charge a white police officer in the choking death of a black man, days after a similar decision sparked unrest in U.S. cities.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
NASA counts down to Orion's first step to Mars
The Orion spacecraft, designed to carry humans farther in deep space than ever before, is poised to blast off Thursday in what NASA hailed as a first step in mankind's journey to Mars.
Officer in videotaped death cleared by grand jury
In a case that sparked outrage and drew comparisons to the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, a white New York City police officer was cleared in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.
The Presidential Office announced yesterday that President Ma Ying-jeou has named incumbent Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) as the new premier, with Mao set to take office today.
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Taiwan -- Vice Premier Mao to take over as premier
Taiwan -- Ma officially resigns as chairman of KMT
President and Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) officially announced his resignation as party chairman yesterday at the KMT's weekly Central Standing Committee meeting and attributed the party's election losses to KMT reforms that were not put in place fast enough to match the expectations of citizens.
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