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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
US sends 130 more troops to Iraq
Another 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain and evaluate options for getting them out to safety.
Japan's economy shrinks as tax hike hits spending
The Japanese economy shrank at an annual pace of 6.8 percent in the second quarter after spending got slammed by a sales tax hike that kicked in from April, government figures showed Wednesday.
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Taiwan -- FSC orders takeover of insurance carriers
Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) Chairman Tseng Ming-chung (曾銘宗) yesterday announced that the commission has ordered the Taiwan Insurance Guaranty Fund (保險安定基金) to take over two troubled insurance carriers, namely Global Life Insurance Co. (國寶人壽) and Singfor Life Insurance Co. (幸福人壽).
Taiwan -- Stricken residents of Kaohsiung appeal to Premier Jiang for help
"Stop doing a political show! Don't just come and go!" shouted a Kaohsiung explosions victim yesterday at Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) when the latter was about to get in a car and leave one of the explosion sites in the southern city.
The World Health Organization (WHO) authorized the use of experimental drugs in the fight against Ebola on Tuesday as the death toll topped 1,000 and a Spanish priest became the first European to succumb to the latest outbreak of the virus.
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Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63 from apparent suicide
He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63
Robin Williams, a brilliant shapeshifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like "Mrs. Doubtfire" or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in "Good Will Hunting," died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.
Iraq moved closer to ending Nuri al-Maliki's stubborn grip on power when his own political clan spurned him for another prime minister called to save the country from breakup.
Taiwan -- Rain, flooding delay reconstruction
After a night of heavy rainfall, reconstruction work at the explosion sites in Kaohsiung was forced to halt due to excessive flooding.
Taiwan is no longer interested in buying the advanced F-16C/D fighter jets from the United States, a source told local media yesterday.
Erdogan marches to Turkey presidency
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday prepared for the challenge of leading Turkey as a strongman president after winning an election in the first round albeit by a narrower-than-expected margin.
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