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Monday, February 9, 2015
Malfunction forces AirAsia X to abort flight
A system malfunction forced the pilots of an AirAsia X flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah to abort the flight and return to Malaysia on Sunday, the AirAsia Group's CEO said.
Members of the public rushed to gas stations to fill their tanks yesterday as national gas prices are set to increase significantly as of this morning. CPC (中油) premium on gas and diesel fuel are to rise NT$1.9 and NT$2, respectively, which would be the biggest weekly rise in oil prices in nearly three years, according to a report by the United Evening News.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Nigeria delays elections as Boko Haram conflict spirals
Nigeria has postponed its presidential election on security grounds as the Boko Haram conflict intensifies, handing a potential lifeline to the ruling party as it battles a tough challenge from the opposition.
 > Africa
A man shot six people Saturday afternoon, killing four of them, including his ex-wife and several children before turning the gun on himself on a quiet, suburban street outside Atlanta, police and neighbors said.
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Taiwan -- 5 more bodies found near GE235 crash site
Rescue workers who joined in day four of the search for missing passengers at the site of the TransAsia (復興航空) crash recovered an additional five bodies as of yesterday evening, according to Taipei City officials. Taipei City Fire Department representative Wu Chun-hung (吳俊鴻) said that there were a total of 828 personnel involved in the search, including 158 scuba divers who searched hundreds of meters downstream from the impact site in the Keelung River.
The production value of Taiwan's semiconductor sector hit a new high in 2014, with the integrated circuit manufacturing and design segments generating growth, according to the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK).
Canada court rules doctors can help ill patients die
Canada's highest court struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for mentally competent patients with terminal illnesses Friday, declaring that outlawing that option deprives dying people of their dignity and autonomy.
Nigeria's knife-edge presidential elections were thrown into increasing doubt on Saturday as the country's election commission met following reports that the military was pushing for a delay.
 > Africa
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Islamic State says airstrike killed US hostage, US skeptical
Islamic State extremists claimed that an American woman held hostage by the group was killed Friday in a Jordanian airstrike in northern Syria, but the government of Jordan dismissed the statement as "criminal propaganda" and the U.S. said it had not seen any evidence to corroborate the report.
Islamic State extremists claimed that an American woman held hostage by the group was killed Friday in a Jordanian airstrike in northern Syria, but the government of Jordan dismissed the statement as "criminal propaganda" and the U.S. said it had not seen any evidence to corroborate the report.
The leaders of Russia, Germany and France agreed during late-night talks in Moscow to draw up a plan to end fighting in Ukraine as rebels wage a deadly offensive in the country's east, officials said Saturday.
 > Europe
Taiwan -- GE235 'black boxes' contents revealed
The Aviation Safety Council (ASC, 飛安會) yesterday released the contents of the "black boxes" belonging to the crashed TransAsia Airways plane GE235, saying that both engines failed within minutes of each other, resulting in the accident.
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Taiwan -- Ma approves NSC and Presidential Office resignations
The Presidential Office announced yesterday the resignation approval for National Security Council (NSC, 國安會) Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) and Presidential Office Secretary-General Timothy Yang (楊進添).
U.S. employers added a vigorous 257,000 jobs in January, and wages jumped by the most in six years -- evidence that the job market is accelerating closer to full health.
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