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Saturday, August 30, 2014
Minimum wage to exceed NT$20,000
Labor and employers' representatives arrived at a consensus to raise the monthly minimum wage by NT$735 to reach NT$20,008, while the minimum hourly wages will be raised from NT$115 to NT$120, effective July next year.
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Taiwan -- Kai Ko apologizes for 'ugly scar' of recent drug scandal
In the wake of his arrest for using marijuana, Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (柯震東) yesterday held a press conference in Beijing and apologized for letting his friends, family and supporters down.
Eurozone inflation fell to 0.3 percent in August, raising the dangers of deflation and also pressure on the European Central Bank (ECB) to open up the cash floodgates, data showed on Friday.
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Pakistan's interior minister said Friday the intransigence of anti-government protest movements had left no alternative but mediation by the army to end a two-week political crisis that has shaken the nuclear-armed nation.
Friday, August 29, 2014
UN: Islamic State group threatens Syria aid access
The Islamic State group is taking violence against civilians in Syria "to a new level," threatening the cross-border humanitarian aid operations recently approved by the Security Council, a top U.N. aid official said Thursday.
Japan's vital signs remained weak in July as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy.
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Taiwan -- Kai Ko released from custody after drug bust
Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (柯震東) was released at midnight today from custody in Beijing.
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After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated.
The Taipei District Prosecutors Office (TDPO) yesterday summoned former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) and three other witnesses for questioning regarding Chang's alleged information leak.
Ukraine and the West said Thursday that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation between Kiev and its former Soviet masters.
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Taiwan -- Bureau launches project to save eroding Queen's Head
The Tourism Bureau began preparations Thursday for repairs on the iconic Queen's Head rock formation at Yehliu Geopark in New Taipei, in a bid to protect the popular tourist attraction from further erosion.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Battle for Ukraine's southeast coast heats up
Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine's strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captured new territory Wednesday far from their previous battles with government troops.
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