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Friday, April 17, 2015
Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years
A Beijing court sentenced a veteran Chinese journalist to seven years in prison Friday on charges of leaking a document detailing the Communist Party leadership's resolve to aggressively target civil society and press freedom as a threat to its monopoly on power.
Google embraces 'mobile-friendly' sites in search shake-up
Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.
Cambodia marks 40 years since evacuation of Phnom Penh
Tearful survivors on Friday marked 40 years to the day since the Khmer Rouge marched on Phnom Penh, ending a civil war but heralding a terror that would kill a quarter of Cambodians and leave the capital a ghost town.
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Taiwan -- Tearing down Taipei Dome an option: gov't
The Taipei City Government issued its safety inspection report for the Taipei Dome (大巨蛋) yesterday, citing five key problems pertaining to the structure ...
Taiwan's gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow 3.56 percent from a year earlier, the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER, 中華經濟研究院), one of Taiwan's leading think tanks, said Thursday.
Foreign direct investment into China picked up in March, official figures showed Thursday, though outbound investment from the world's second-largest economy slowed sharply.
Another 41 migrants are feared drowned in a new Mediterranean shipwreck, the International Organization for Migrants reported Thursday, citing survivor accounts.
 > Europe
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Another ally of Ukraine ex-president Yanukovych found dead
KIEV - A former Ukraine deputy was shot dead in Kiev Wednesday, the fourth ally of ousted pro-Moscow ex-president Viktor Yanukovych to die in suspicious circumstances in the past two months.
 > Europe
Colombia ends freeze on air strikes after rebel attack
BOGOTA, - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos lifted a suspension of air strikes against the FARC after the Marxist guerrillas were suspected in the killing of 10 soldiers in a pre-dawn attack Wednesday.
Governing party treasurer arrested in Brazil kickback case
RIO DE JANEIRO - Federal police on Wednesday detained the treasurer of Brazil's governing Workers' Party in the wide-ranging investigation into corruption at state-run oil giant Petrobras, and the party said later he had asked to resign the post.
Taiwan -- DPP nominates Tsai for president
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday announced its official nomination of Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to be its presidential candidate in the upcoming elections.
Laboratory tests run by the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW, 衛生福利部) yesterday found medicine manufactured by Liang Jih Tarng Bio Technology Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (良濟堂生技製藥有限公司) to be tainted with industrial-grade materials. Authorities immediately ordered the product to be removed from store shelves.
China Wednesday reported first-quarter growth at its slowest since the depths of the global financial crisis six years ago, stoking expectations of more action to shore up the world's second-largest economy.
Up to 400 illegal migrants died after their vessel capsized off the Libyan coast on Sunday, said survivors who were brought to Italy, where tension is mounting over a surge in boat arrivals from North Africa.
 > Europe
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Obama to remove Cuba from state sponsor of terror list
President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced Tuesday, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries.
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