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Saturday, February 14, 2015
China's bank lending more than doubled to 1.47 trillion yuan (US$235 billion) in January from December, the central bank said Friday, with analysts citing seasonal factors and monetary easing.
As polls loom, Myanmar's Suu Kyi honors father
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi addressed a crowd of thousands Friday in the biggest celebrations honoring her independence hero father in memory, underscoring her legacy months before leading the opposition to momentous elections.
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Friday, February 13, 2015
Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist Fahmy released from prison
Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy was released from jail in Egypt on Friday, his family said, after being held for more than a year with two colleagues on terror-related charges and pending retrial in a case denounced as a sham by rights group and the international community.
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Australians could boycott Indonesia over executions: minister
Australian tourists could boycott Indonesia if Jakarta executes two drug smugglers on death row, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warned Friday, refusing to rule out withdrawing diplomats.
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Taiwan -- Kaohsiung inmates free hostages, kill selves
The six Kaohsiung prison inmates who took prison wardens hostage Wednesday all committed suicide some 14 hours into their breakout attempt, leaving Warden Chen Shih-chih (陳世志) alive and well.
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A plan released by the Finance Ministry aims to grant tax-exemption to homeowners who sell a home below NT$40 million if they have lived on the property for at least six years.
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Media freedom suffered a "drastic decline" worldwide last year in part because of extremist groups such as Islamic State and Boko Haram, the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders said in its annual evaluation released Thursday.
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Marathon Ukraine peace summit agrees cease-fire
Marathon talks in Belarus ended Thursday with a cease-fire announcement in the war between Ukraine and pro-Moscow rebels, but Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that "big hurdles" remained.
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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Six inmates led by a mob boss committed suicide at a prison in Taiwan early Thursday after a failed breakout attempt in which they seized weapons and held a warden and guards hostage, officials said. All the hostages were released.
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Taiwan -- 6 Kaohsiung inmates take warden hostage
Six inmates in Kaohsiung Prison broke into the weapons cache and equipped themselves with 10 rifles and handguns yesterday, before taking two hostages, including the warden, and set up a standoff with more than 250 armed police outside the prison as of press time.
Taiwan -- VP slams police cover-up in hit and run that killed student
Responding to questions concerning the son of his bodyguard -- a police officer assigned to Daxi Precinct (大溪警分局) in Taoyuan -- attempting to destroy evidence from his hit and run accident in January, Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said that such actions are unethical and the laws of the country will not tolerate such behavior.
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Nearly half of foreign companies in China feel singled out in a wave of anti-monopoly and other investigations, and a growing number are deciding not to expand their investments, the American Chamber of Commerce in China said Wednesday.
Apple became the first company to reach a market value of US$700 billion Tuesday as shares vaulted amid upbeat news on the U.S. tech giant's gains in the smartphone market and soon-to-arrive smartwatch.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Six inmates in Kaohsiung Prison armed themselves with guns and took several hostages including the warden, the Ministry of Justice confirmed Wednesday.
  
  
  
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