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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister
Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good -- to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power.
Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants
The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria.
Taiwan -- Ex-deputy minister 'betrayed' info: MAC
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) confirmed yesterday that former MAC Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) has indeed betrayed confidential information and was reported for his actions.
At least 36 people dead as huge landslides destroy Japan houses
Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 36 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said Wednesday, after a wall of mud smashed into their homes.
 > Japan
A chief prosecutor at the Taipei District Prosecutors Office said Wednesday that his office has begun an investigation into the alleged marijuana use by Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (Ko Chen-tung, 柯震東) in China.
Mother of slain US journalist Foley 'never prouder' of son
The mother of American journalist James Foley, apparently executed by Islamic State (IS) jihadists, on Wednesday paid tribute to her son who she said had died trying to expose the suffering of the Syrian people.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting
Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza Strip. At least three Palestinians were killed.
At least 6 dead, 22 missing in Hiroshima landslide
At least six people were confirmed dead and 22 were missing after rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in several landslides.
 > Japan
Taiwan -- Actor issues apology after arrest in Beijing
Following Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung's (柯震東) arrest in Beijing for using marijuana, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV yesterday aired video footage showing the actor's tearful apology to the public for "setting a negative example."
Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) yesterday expressed confidence in Taiwan's diplomatic ties with the Holy See despite Pope Francis' latest remark Monday that he desires dialogue with Beijing and possibly a visit to mainland China.
Pope wants China visit, seeks church freedom
Pope Francis on Monday expressed his desire to travel to China, "even tomorrow," but urged that the Catholic Church there be allowed to do its "job."
U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to the fastest pace in eight months and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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