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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Japan economy picks up pace in wobbly recovery
Japan's economy grew more than expected in the first three months of the year, data showed Wednesday, as it crawls back from a brief recession, but observers cautioned that a strong recovery may still be some way off.
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UN chief says North Korea cancels invitation to visit
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that North Korea had cancelled an invitation for him to visit a factory park in the country that represents the last major cooperation project between the rival Koreas.
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The government may soon raise the water price for the Sixth Naphtha Refinery (六輕) owned by Formosa Plastics Group (FPG, 台塑) in the midst of a controversy that the plant has been enjoying excessively low prices.
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Taiwan -- Industrial users may face water price hike
The Taiwan Think Tank (台灣智庫), a nonprofit organization that publishes opinion polls in Taiwan, announced the results of the current presidential election opinion poll for 2016 yesterday, which showed Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in the lead against all of the current or potential Kuomintang (KMT) candidates.
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U.S. homebuilders ramped up construction in April to the fastest pace in nearly seven-and-a-half years, hinting at newfound momentum for an economy that has struggled in recent months.
Thailand's ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra insisted on her innocence Tuesday at the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade, part of what observers say is a vendetta against her family.
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Ousted Thai PM proclaims innocence as trial begins
Thailand's government agreed Tuesday to hold a public referendum on the newly drafted constitution, the prime minister and junta leader said, indicating that the decision could delay a general election.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
EU approves military plan to target migrant traffickers
European Union nations approved plans Monday for a naval operation to go after the human trafficking networks that are sending thousands of migrants weekly across the Mediterranean toward Europe or to their deaths. NATO said it stood ready to help out if needed.
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Thai ex-PM starts trial for role in rice subsidy scheme
Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday at the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade, which critics say is part of a politically motivated campaign against her family.
Obama moves to demilitarize US cops
President Barack Obama barred police from using tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers and large-caliber firearms, in response to accusations that US law enforcement has become too militarized.
A batch of sodium chloride manufactured by Y F Chemical Corp. (永豐化學工業) was tainted with bacteria, resulting in fevers for eight patients after they were injected with the solution, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said last night.
Shiite militias converge on Iraq's Ramadi after Islamic State takeover
Shiite militias converged on Ramadi Monday in a bid to recapture it from jihadists who dealt the Iraqi government a stinging blow by overrunning the city in a deadly three-day blitz.
The National Examination Committee for the 2015 Comprehensive Assessment Program For Junior High School Students (國中教育會考全國試務會) will hold a meeting today to ponder damage control options to respond to the nationwide English listening test oversight that resulted in many junior high students losing five minutes of exam time.
Taiwan -- English test mistake meeting to be held today
Heightened security in Texas town after biker gang deadly shootout
Law enforcement remained on alert in Waco, Texas, early Monday after a deadly shootout between rival biker gangs shook up the community, and attempts at intimidation ensured officers will stay on the streets, police said.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Police: 9 dead in Texas shooting all members of biker gangs
A shootout among rival motorcycle gangs at a popular Texas restaurant left nine bikers dead and 18 injured, and it sent panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said Sunday.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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