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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
At least 6 dead, 22 missing in Hiroshima landslide
At least six people were confirmed dead and 22 were missing after rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in several landslides.
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Taiwan -- Actor issues apology after arrest in Beijing
Following Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung's (柯震東) arrest in Beijing for using marijuana, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV yesterday aired video footage showing the actor's tearful apology to the public for "setting a negative example."
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Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) yesterday expressed confidence in Taiwan's diplomatic ties with the Holy See despite Pope Francis' latest remark Monday that he desires dialogue with Beijing and possibly a visit to mainland China.
Pope wants China visit, seeks church freedom
Pope Francis on Monday expressed his desire to travel to China, "even tomorrow," but urged that the Catholic Church there be allowed to do its "job."
U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to the fastest pace in eight months and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Liberia 'losing grip on Ebola' as hunt for patients goes on
Liberia was desperately searching for 17 Ebola patients Monday who fled an attack on a quarantine centre in the capital Monrovia, as the outbreak appeared to overwhelm authorities in west Africa's worst-hit nation.
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Pope wants China dialogue, freedom for church
Pope Francis says he wants dialogue with China and the only thing he asks in return is for the Catholic Church to be able to operate freely.
Taiwan -- Taiwan, HK celebs in Beijing drug bust
The manager of Ko Chen-tung (柯震東), a Taiwanese actor and singer, in a statement yesterday confirmed rumors that his client had been taken into custody by Beijing authorities for alleged narcotics consumption.
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Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country's largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic complex.
Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam; militants deny claim
Missouri deploys National Guard to violence-wracked Ferguson
Missouri's governor on Monday ordered National Guard troops to help restore order in Ferguson, hours after police hurled tear gas to disperse violent protesters in the town wracked by race riots.
The National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) said yesterday that it plans to recover about NT$600 million in National Health Insurance (NHI) fees from the period 2012-2013 after it started investigating health insurance cases from before the launching of the second-generation NHI program last year.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Kurds retake key Iraq dam as US, UK step up involvement
Iraqi Kurdish fighters backed by US warplanes have retaken the country's largest dam from jihadists, Kurdish officials said, as the United States and Britain step up their military involvement.
  
  
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