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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Last French hostage freed, reviving policy debate
France's last hostage was freed Tuesday after being held for more than three years by al-Qaida's North Africa branch - rekindling debate over whether countries should negotiate with extremists or stick to a muscular, uncompromising policy that runs the risk of a beheading or a botched rescue attempt.
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CIA torture brutal and ineffective: US Senate report
CIA torture of Al-Qaeda suspects was far more brutal than acknowledged, did not produce useful intelligence and was so poorly managed it lost track of detainees, a scathing US Senate report revealed Tuesday.
Acting Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yi (吳敦義) said yesterday that the proposed withdrawal of Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's (王金平) membership appeal will not be on the party's agenda for its meeting today.
Taiwan -- Wang's status in KMT not on today's agenda
Police will clear Hong Kong's main pro-democracy protest camp Thursday and urged demonstrators not to resist, after more than two months of rallies for free leadership elections brought parts of the city to a standstill.
The Changhua District Court sentenced the leader of the religious group Ri Yue Ming Gong's (日月明功) Chen Chiau-ming (陳巧明) to 13 years in prison for the death of 17-year-old Changhua student Chan Chun-yu (詹淳寓), who was abused and starved to death on the cult's compound.
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Taiwan -- Cult leader sentenced to 13 years over death of student
Protesters block highway, stop train in California
Hundreds of people marched through Berkeley for a third night in a row, blocking a major highway and stopping a train as activists in this ultra-liberal bastion protest grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists have until Thursday morning to leave a sprawling protest camp that's blocked traffic in the Chinese financial hub for more than two months before authorities clear it out, a lawyer said Tuesday.
6 dead after plane crashes into Maryland home
A small, private jet slammed into a house Monday, killing a woman and her two young sons inside the home and three people on the aircraft, authorities said.
In spite of its previous claims that former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) did not qualify for medical parole, the Justice Ministry yesterday said that it would be planning for a new examination should the ex-president apply again.
US and NATO ceremonially end Afghan combat mission
The U.S. and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan on Monday, 13 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks sparked their invasion of the country to topple the Taliban-led government.
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Taiwan -- Officials obstruct Malaysian group's bid for 101
It is looking less likely that Malaysia's IOI Properties Group will be able proceed with its planned purchase of a 37.1-percent stake in Taipei 101, as high-level government officials line up against the transaction.
China's stuttering economy suffered another blow in November as export growth slowed sharply and imports surprisingly contracted, government data showed Monday, resulting in a record monthly trade surplus.
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