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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
China firm allegedly fleeced investors US$7.6 bil.
Mainland police arrested the maverick founder of China's largest online finance business on suspicion of fleecing 900,000 investors of US$7.6 billion, in what could be the biggest case of financial fraud in Chinese history.
Britain's fertility regulator has approved a scientist's request to edit the human genetic code in an effort to fight inherited diseases -- but critics fear the new technique crosses too many ethical boundaries.
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China manufacturing index weakest since '12
Mainland Chinese manufacturing ebbed in January to its lowest in more than three years, a possible sign of further weakness in the world's No. 2 economy after posting its slowest annual growth in a quarter century.
Monday, February 1, 2016
Top Yemeni Salafi cleric killed in Aden
The lifeless body of Yemen's top Salafi cleric in the southern port city of Aden was found disfigured on Sunday hours after he was abducted following an anti-extremism sermon, security officials told The Associated Press.
Oxfam: US$1.9B in Ebola aid not delivered by donors
International donors have failed to deliver US$1.9 billion in promised funds to help West African countries recover from the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people and decimated already weak health care systems, the U.K.-based charity Oxfam said Sunday.
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Witness to migrant disaster that killed 37 describes screams
A witness to the drowning of 37 people including babies and other young children off Turkey's coast described the horror and screams in the moments after the boat carrying the migrants slammed into rocks, saying it was like "somebody was being murdered."
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The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is poised to take the helm of Legislature for the first time in Taiwan's history and install Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) as legislative speaker today.
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Mainland condemns US for sending warship near island
Mainland China strongly condemned the United States after a U.S. warship deliberately sailed near one of the Beijing-controlled islands in the hotly contested South China Sea to exercise freedom of navigation and challenge mainland China's vast sea claims.
The new Cabinet is set to be sworn in today, reshuffling familiar faces who have said that they have a responsibility to "hold down the fort."
Former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores dies at 56
Former Salvadoran President Francisco Flores, whose five years in power were tarnished by accusations of corruption and elitism, died Saturday in the capital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage, his party said. He was 56.
Boko Haram burning kids alive in northeast Nigeria, claims witness
A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children among people burned to death in the latest attack by Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremists.
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