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Saturday, October 4, 2014
Taiwan -- Health minister announces resignation over tainted oil case
Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) announced at a press conference at 8 p.m. last night that he is resigning from his position to take responsibility for the waste oil scandal.
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Friday, October 3, 2014
Hong Kong protesters set for talks; govt HQ shut
Hong Kong protest leaders on Friday welcomed an offer by the territory's leader of talks to defuse the crisis over demonstrations seeking democratic reforms, though they continued to demand he resign and maintained barricades around government headquarters, frustrating staff going to work.
Turkey's parliament gave the government new powers Thursday to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq, and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group.
Hong Kong leader refuses to step down
Tensions in Hong Kong soared Thursday after police were seen unloading boxes of tear gas and rubber bullets close to the city's besieged government headquarters as the authorities urged pro-democracy demonstrators to disperse "as soon as possible."
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Top U.S. and Chinese officials publicly aired differences Wednesday over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system.
The Chinese government might be using smartphone apps to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a U.S. security firm says.
Two witnesses in the MG149 account case concerning pan-green Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) testified at the Taipei District Prosecutors Office (TDPO) yesterday morning.
European Central Bank (ECB) head Mario Draghi underlined the bank's willingness to ramp up its stimulus efforts with large-scale bond purchases if needed -- but otherwise offered no new economic help at the bank's meeting Thursday.
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European Central Bank will start planned asset purchases this year
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Hong Kong protests hit city's role as finance hub
Shops in Hong Kong have closed and the local stock market has plunged but protesters are gambling their agitation for greater democracy will pay off by preserving institutions that made this former British colony a profitable asset to China.
Ukraine's largest rebel-controlled city of Donetsk was shaken by violence Wednesday as 10 people, including parents and teachers, were killed, the highest toll since a tenuous ceasefire was agreed.
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HK protest leader vows escalation
A student leader vowed Wednesday to step up Hong Kong's huge pro-democracy protests -- including a possible occupation of government offices -- unless the city's leader steps down within a day, as support for the movement grew around the world.
Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Alex Tsai (蔡正元) yesterday denied rumors of a steadily worsening rift within the campaign team of KMT Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien (連勝文), dismissing them as "groundless talk." The remarks came following a report made by the local magazine Next.
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