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Friday, January 16, 2015
Images reveal Boko Haram attack: groups
Leading human rights groups on Thursday released satellite images claiming to show massive destruction by Boko Haram of two Nigerian towns in what is feared to be the deadliest strike of the Islamists' six-year insurgency.
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U.S. wholesale prices fell in December by the largest amount in more than three years, reflecting the biggest monthly decline in the cost of gasoline in six years.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
A 20-year-old man's Twitter posts sympathizing with Islamic terrorists led to an undercover FBI operation and the man's arrest on charges that he plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials.
Pope Francis departed Sri Lanka Thursday for the Philippines, Asia's most populous Catholic nation, where ecstatic crowds await the first papal visit in 20 years.
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Taiwan -- MOEA mulls CNY water rationing
The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced yesterday that it will be holding a meeting next month in order to decide if there will be a second phase of water restriction after Chinese New Year, as the water level at Shihmen Dam (石門水庫) has reached a new 11-year low.
Zhou Yongkang (周永康) and Bo Xilai (薄熙來), two disgraced former top brass members of the Communist Party of China (CPC), had a conspiracy to do "something big" when they were still in power, according to the cover story of the latest issue of the Hong Kong-based Chinese-language Phoenix Weekly.
Al-Qaida in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo in a video posted online, saying it was "vengeance" for the French weekly's cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
U.S. retail sales stumbled last month in a sign consumers remained frugal even as gas prices declined and hiring picked up.
Wall Street stocks fell sharply in opening trade Wednesday following a disappointing U.S. retail sales report and lackluster earnings from large banks.
Taiwan -- Yushan experiences the first snowfall of this year
Yushan, the tallest peak in Taiwan, experienced its first snow of 2015 Wednesday due to abundant moisture and low temperatures caused by seasonal winds.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Taiwan -- Farms hit by bird flu to be subsidized
In response to the recent outbreak of new strains of H5N2 and H5N8 bird flu, the Council of Agriculture (COA) announced yesterday that farmers affected by the outbreaks will be subsidized for their losses. Executive Yuan Vice Premier Chang San-cheng (張善政) expressed concern that the subsidies should be generous and support Taiwan's farmers.
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