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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Japan-South Korea rift weighs on US push in Asia
With the leaders of Japan and South Korea both set to visit Washington in the coming months, President Barack Obama has a fresh chance to nudge the estranged U.S. allies to heal a bitter rift that has put a damper on his effort to boost America's role in Asia.
S.Korea, US forces to start massive military landing drill
South Korea and the United States will launch a massive landing drill next week, the climax of an ongoing joint military exercise which North Korea views as an invasion rehearsal.
 > Korea
Taiwan -- Protesters surround Legislative Yuan
Civil organizations demonstrated around the Legislative Yuan on the one-year anniversary of the Sunflower Movement as political leaders assessed the movement's impact, yesterday.
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Chinese state media took a victory lap on Wednesday, gloating over the decision of major European powers to join a Beijing-backed multinational lender that the United States perceives as a threat to the Washington-led World Bank.
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Security forces end hostage crisis in Tunis museum, 21 confirmed dead
Gunmen opened fire Wednesday at a leading museum in Tunisia's capital, killing at least eight people and wounding six, including foreign tourists, authorities said. A later raid by security forces left two gunmen and one security officer dead but ended the standoff, Tunisian authorities said.
 > Europe
Japan's trade deficit nearly halved year-on-year in February as lower oil prices helped reduce the cost of imports, official data showed Wednesday, with analysts saying Tokyo could achieve a surplus soon.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Netanyahu's Likud wins Israeli election
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud Party scored a resounding victory in the country's election, final results showed Wednesday, after a tight race that had put his lengthy rule in jeopardy.
Relief groups rush aid to Vanuatu's cyclone-stricken islands
Relief workers rushed to deliver desperately needed food and water Wednesday to survivors living on Vanuatu's outer islands after a monstrous cyclone wiped out entire villages and flattened vast swathes of the South Pacific nation's landscape.
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Taiwan -- Smoggy air affects air, sea travel
As smoggy air clouded over Northern Taiwan yesterday, the country's transportation took a hit, with Keelung Harbor closing down and flights to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport diverted to Kaohsiung.
The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation (慈濟基金會) yesterday held a press conference to clarify claims that the foundation holds funds of companies whose businesses oppose the foundation's principles.
Construction of new homes in the U.S. plummeted in February, as fierce winter weather froze housing starts in the Northeast and Midwest.
China's overseas direct investment (ODI) surged in February as a state-owned oil company put nearly US$3 billion into a Dutch transaction, official data showed Tuesday, while inbound investment slowed.
Singapore ex-prime minister's health takes turn for the worse
The health of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew has worsened due to an infection after nearly six weeks in hospital, the government said Tuesday.
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