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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Taiwan -- DPP nominates Tsai for president
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday announced its official nomination of Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to be its presidential candidate in the upcoming elections.
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Laboratory tests run by the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW, 衛生福利部) yesterday found medicine manufactured by Liang Jih Tarng Bio Technology Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (良濟堂生技製藥有限公司) to be tainted with industrial-grade materials. Authorities immediately ordered the product to be removed from store shelves.
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China Wednesday reported first-quarter growth at its slowest since the depths of the global financial crisis six years ago, stoking expectations of more action to shore up the world's second-largest economy.
Up to 400 illegal migrants died after their vessel capsized off the Libyan coast on Sunday, said survivors who were brought to Italy, where tension is mounting over a surge in boat arrivals from North Africa.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Obama to remove Cuba from state sponsor of terror list
President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced Tuesday, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries.
Asiana plane smashes antenna in Japan runway undershoot
An Asiana Airlines plane smashed into a communications antenna as it came in to land at a Japanese airport, footage showed Wednesday, injuring 27 people in an accident with echoes of the Korean airline's fatal 2013 crash in San Francisco.
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Taiwan -- Kerry says U.S. will continue to step up relations with Taiwan
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said recently that Washington will continue to step up efforts to improve its relations with Taiwan, which is a key stakeholder of the U.S. Asia-Pacific regional policy.
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Taiwan -- Local rose tea brand contains DDT: gov't
The Public Health Bureau of Miaoli County yesterday revealed that the imported rose tea material for local English-themed soft drink chain Stornaway (英國藍) contains 13 kinds of pesticides, including four kinds of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT).
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Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) said yesterday that organizers of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB, 亞投行) would not block Taiwan's entry as a regular member. The premier also defended Taiwan's bid to join the AIIB as a regular member despite its inability to become a founding member of the organization, according to reports on Monday.
Americans increased their spending on autos, furniture, clothing and building materials in March, which caused overall retail sales to rise for the first time in four months.
Global commerce is expected to grow just 3.3 percent this year, the World Trade Organization said Tuesday, slashing its previous forecast of 4.0 percent over weak global economic growth and rising geopolitical tensions.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Russia, Ukraine agree on withdrawal of smaller caliber arms
BERLIN -- Russia and Ukraine agreed Monday to call for the pullback of smaller caliber weapons from the front lines in eastern Ukraine as part of a fresh push to end the region's yearlong conflict.
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Ex-guards to get lengthy prison sentences for Iraq shootings
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge sentenced one former Blackwater security guard to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others.
Flight returns to Seattle after worker trapped in cargo hold
SEATTLE -- An airport worker who fell asleep and found himself trapped in a plane's cargo hold forced a Los Angeles-bound Alaska Airlines flight to return to Seattle on Monday afternoon.
The Cabinet yesterday expressed its regret through spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) that Taiwan was not able to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a founding member, and stated that Taiwan should be joining the organization with respect and dignity.
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