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Monday, March 16, 2015
Taiwan -- Tyzen Hsiao honored and remembered in LA
Tyzen Hsiao (蕭泰然), one of Taiwan's most renowned symphonic composers, was honored posthumously by a commendation presented by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Representative Steve C.C. Hsia on behalf of President Ma Ying-jeou, in Los Angeles, yesterday.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs said Sunday that it has no intention of extending the life of Taiwan's First and Second Nuclear Power Plants, as environmental groups have charged, but will need to send some of the plants' spent nuclear fuel overseas because of a storage problem.
Tour bus in Brazil plunges into ravine taking at least 49 lives
At least 49 people were killed Saturday when a tour bus plunged hundreds of meters into a densely wooded ravine in southern Brazil, authorities said.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Officials struggled on Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying islands.
At least 42 people were killed Saturday when a tour bus plunged into a wooded ravine in southern Brazil, according to the regional government.
Ed Royce, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Foreign Affairs, reiterated support for Taiwan's bid to join the proposed trade bloc Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), during a meeting with the leader of Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taipei on Saturday.
Patrolling over the China-Myanmar border has been increased by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force after a Myanmar warplane dropped a bomb in southwest Yunnan province and killed four Chinese, a military spokesman said Saturday.
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Taiwan -- Anti-nuclear protests staged around nation, mark Fukushima anniversary
Anti-nuclear activists held protest marches in Taipei, Tainan and Kaohsiung simultaneously Saturday to call for an end to nuclear power in Taiwan.
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Vanuatu residents in shelters after massive cyclone
Residents in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu hunkered in emergency shelters for a second straight night Saturday after venturing out to find their homes damaged or blown away by the powerful storm, aid workers said.
Iraqi forces on Saturday plotted ways of flushing out die-hard jihadists from central Tikrit, which one commander predicted would be liberated within three days.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
The president of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu appealed to a U.N. disaster conference Saturday for help as a powerful cyclone swept across his archipelago, driving painfully home the rising risks from extreme weather and climate change.
Iraqi forces battled Islamic State jihadists making what looked increasingly like a last stand in Tikrit, but the group responded by vowing to expand its "caliphate".
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