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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Japan's economy sank into recession in the third quarter, figures showed Monday, making it almost inevitable that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will delay a fresh sales tax rise and call a snap election to fend off party rivals.
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Landmark Hong Kong-Shanghai stock link officially starts trading
A landmark trading link that is expected to see billions of dollars in cross-border transactions between Hong Kong and Shanghai's stock exchanges officially launched Monday, but figures show mainlanders are holding back from piling into Hong Kong.
Actavis plans to acquire Botox-maker Allergan for US$66 billion to create one of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies by sales, the companies announced Monday.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Japan economy enters recession after surprise Q3 contraction
Japan's economy sank into recession in the third quarter, making it almost inevitable that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will delay a fresh sales tax hike and call snap elections to reinvigorate his power against party rivals, analysts said Monday.
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Burkina Faso on Sunday scrambled to pick an interim president ahead of an African Union sanctions deadline after the army seized power following the ousting of longtime ruler Blaise Compaore.
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Taiwan -- Taiwan rout Japan 9-0 to win 21U World Cup
An energetic Taiwan team routed Japan 9-0 to capture the first ever 21U Baseball World Cup title Sunday night in Taichung.
G-20 leaders target trillions in fresh economic growth
G-20 leaders representing the bulk of the world's economy on Sunday committed to reform measures to lift their collective growth by an extra 2.1 percent by 2018, despite evidence of a slowdown in some major nations.
The Islamic State group on Sunday released a video claiming the beheading of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig in a warning to Washington as it prepares to send more troops to Iraq.
IS claims beheading of US aid worker Kassig
Most underground gambling operations offer gamblers equal odds on the rivalry between Pan-green independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Sean Lien (連勝文), according to local media reports in Taipei yesterday.
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Sunday, November 16, 2014
Under pressure to jolt the stubbornly lethargic world economy back to life, leaders of G-20 nations on Sunday finalized a plan to boost global GDP by more than $2 trillion over five years by investing in infrastructure and increasing trade.
US, Japan, Australia agree to deepen security ties
Eyeing Chinese assertiveness, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed Sunday to deepen their military cooperation and work together on strengthening maritime security in the Asia Pacific.
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Taiwan -- Ting Hsin's NT$3 bil. should go to gov't: Yin
Ruentex Financial Group (潤泰集團) Chairman Samuel Yin (尹衍樑), who promised to supervise Ting Hsin International Group's (頂新國際集團) "donation" of NT$3 billion to establish a local food safety committee a month ago, suggested yesterday that this donation should directly go to the government for the purpose of maintaining food safety.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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