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Monday, August 18, 2014
Kurds retake key Iraq dam as US, UK step up involvement
Iraqi Kurdish fighters backed by US warplanes have retaken the country's largest dam from jihadists, Kurdish officials said, as the United States and Britain step up their military involvement.
Eight foreigners and five Indonesians were rescued Monday two days after their tourist boat sank during a storm in the archipelago, having survived by huddling in a lifeboat or floating in their life jackets.
Lee Ching-guo (李清國), general manager of Shin Shin Natural Gas Co. Ltd (欣欣天然氣公司), yesterday issued an apology regarding the gas explosion that killed two in Xindian, New Taipei.
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Pope emphasizes 'fraternal' dialogue with China, others
Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China on Sunday, saying he "earnestly" wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conqueror" trying to take away the identity of others but as a partner in dialogue.
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Protesters defy curfew in riot-shaken US town
Police used smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse demonstrators who defied a curfew in Ferguson, Missouri early Sunday, where a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen triggered a wave of rioting.
Taichung City's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system opened its Blue Line yesterday, allowing passengers to board at the line's 20 bus stops for free for one year.
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Sunday, August 17, 2014
Ferguson curfew arrives, most protesters disperse
A couple hundred defiant protesters remained in Ferguson after a midnight curfew took effect in a St. Louis suburb where a black teen had been shot by a white police officer while walking down the street.
Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq
Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an eyewitness, government officials and people who live in the area.
Pope beatifies 124 in Seoul, praises faithful
Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air Mass that their ancestors' willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two centuries ago was a model for Asian missionaries today.
 > Korea
Texas' Perry charged with coercion for veto threat
A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption -- making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.
The number of fatalities in Friday's gas explosion in New Taipei increased to two as a woman injured in the blast died early Saturday morning, according to a hospital in nearby Taipei City.
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Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Principal Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) has resigned from his post and will be replaced by Lin Chu-chia (林祖嘉) -- another MAC deputy minister -- the Executive Yuan announced yesterday.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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