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Thursday, April 9, 2015
Japan emperor prays at WWII battleground on Pacific island
The emperor of Japan visited a remote Pacific island Thursday to pray for thousands of Japanese and American soldiers who died during the World War II battle of Peleliu.
 > Japan
Taiwan -- Ma declines Kao's resignation offer
National Defense Minister Kao Kuang-chi (高廣圻) offered to resign amid the unfolding Apache scandal yesterday, but was retained by President Ma Ying-jeou.
President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday that his administration will not give up the Republic of China's territory in the South China Sea, but will continue to seek peaceful means to address the territorial disputes in the region.
New guidelines governing the Japan-U.S. defense alliance will allow the two militaries to "cooperate seamlessly," American Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday in Tokyo following a meeting with his Japanese counterpart.
 > Japan
Energy titan Royal Dutch Shell on Wednesday announced a mega takeover of British rival BG Group worth 47 billion pounds, consolidating their positions in a sector battered by sliding oil prices.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Taiwan -- Taiwan launches water rationing to fight drought
Taiwan launched water rationing in some major cities on Wednesday as the island battled its worst drought in over a decade, following the lowest rainfall in nearly 70 years.
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World Bank welcomes China's new bank in poverty fight
China's new development bank can have an important role in fighting extreme poverty if it establishes high standards for its projects, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Tuesday.
Sen. Rand Paul joins 2016 US presidential campaign
Sen. Rand Paul, a favorite of the conservative tea party movement and frequent antagonist of leaders of his own Republican Party, declared Tuesday that he is running for U.S. president "to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government."
Taiwan -- Punishments expand in Apache scandal
Military officials announced the expansion of the wave of disciplinary actions coming from the recent Apache helicopter scandal yesterday after revealing that another officer had arranged an unauthorized tour of the sensitive military craft.
Japan on Tuesday rebuffed neighboring countries' protests about newly approved textbooks after complaints about references to disputed territory and their bitter shared history.
 > Japan
Taiwan protested Tuesday Japan's inclusion in new school textbooks that a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea belong to Japan, while reiterating the Republic of China's sovereignty over the island chain.
UN agency says at least 74 children killed in Yemen fighting
Saudi-led coalition jets bombed a military installation in southern Yemen Tuesday as local tribes battled with forces loyal to the Shiite rebels in the area, forcing them out and seizing their makeshift camp and weapons, military officials said.
 > Africa
Duke top Wisconsin 68-63 for national title
Duke outscored Wisconsin by 14 points over the final 13 minutes to grit out a 68-63 victory for its fifth national college basketball title on Monday.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Japan rebuffs international outcry over new history textbooks
Japan on Tuesday rebuffed neighbouring countries' protests over newly-approved textbooks after complaints about references to disputed territory and their bitter shared history.
 > Japan
Taiwan -- Defense minister apologizes over Apache incidents, vows to improve
Defense Minister Kao Kuan-chi (高廣圻) apologized on Tuesday for a controversy involving an Army pilot giving civilians access to AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and wearing a helmet-mounted display used with the helicopter to a private party.
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