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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Now that mainland China has signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea, Taiwan is being reduced to a "third party," Minister of Economic Affairs Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍) said yesterday.
Abe calls snap Japan poll, delays expected tax hike
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he was calling a snap election and delaying an expected sales tax rise after figures showed Japan was in recession.
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Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork, pharmaceuticals and electric power.
Ken Takakura, known for his stoic heroes, dies
Ken Takakura, a craggy-faced, quiet star known for playing outlaws and stoic heroes in scores of Japanese films, has died of lymphoma. He was 83.
Some barricades cleared from HK protest site
Backed by a court order, workers removed some barricades Tuesday from a Hong Kong pro-democracy protest site where activists have camped out for nearly two months in a standoff with authorities.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Hong Kong authorities begin clearing main protest camp
Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday cleared part of the city's main pro-democracy protest camp, the first of several planned evictions to shrink mass sit-ins that have blocked major thoroughfares for seven weeks.
The parents of slain US aid worker Peter Kassig said Monday they would try to "forgive" Islamic State jihadists who beheaded their son, calling for healing and prayer as they mourned their loss.
While some attributed the local stock market's subpar performance yesterday to the newly launched Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, institutional investors and government officials played down the new platform's impact on Taiwan.
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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