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Islamic State militants blew up Mosul's symbolic al-Nuri mosque, an Iraqi military statement said. 伊拉克軍方聲明說,伊斯蘭國武裝分子破壞了位於摩蘇爾具象徵性的努里大清真寺。

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Taiwan's unemployment rate fell to 3.66 percent in May, the lowest level in two years, according to government data. 根據政府數據,台灣失業率在五月份下降至百分之三點六六,是兩年來的最低水平。

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LIFE

Hollywood star George Clooney has sold a tequila company he co-founded in a deal worth up to US$1 billion. 好萊塢明星喬治克魯尼售出以高雄市十億美元價格售出一家他共同創立的龍舌蘭酒公司。

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Terry Gou said his company, Hon Hai, still had a chance to acquire the memory chip unit of Japan's financially troubled Toshiba. 郭台銘表示,他的公司鴻海仍然有機會收購財政陷入困境的日本公司東芝的記憶晶片部門。

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Cristiano Ronaldo headed a winner as Portugal took a step toward the Confederations Cup semifinals with a win over hosts Russia. C羅以頭鎚建功,帶領葡萄牙打敗東道主俄羅斯,往聯盟杯半決賽邁出一步。

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Ms Tsai has spent a year failing to make cross-strait relations work, letting Taiwan to take a beating after another for no apparent benefit whatsoever.


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Taiwan, beware the Ides of November

Chinese Taipei has just suffered a great setback in its participation in international activities. It was turned away at the door of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva last week.

US-China trade: A tale of two reports

The release by China's Ministry of Commerce of a research report on economic and trade relations with the United States is an opportunity for the two countries to narrow differences over trade. In particular, it is an opportunity for the U.S. to take a more balanced view regarding its trade deficit with China.

Organ trafficking: business as usual

A Kuwaiti recipient and a Pakistani donor; an Israeli recipient and a Ukrainian donor; an American recipient and an Indian donor. The global dimensions of organ trafficking were exposed in shocking detail at an international summit on the subject at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican in February.

Has Beijing adopted a new diplomatic tactic?

Diplomacy is the art of tact. Sir Winston Churchill once said: "Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions."

Belt and Road will carry China far

Last week, China hosted a large-scale international conference to discuss the vision of its leader, President Xi Jinping, of connecting Asia, Europe and Africa through a network of roads, ports, bridges, tunnels, pipelines and other projects that involve 68 countries on three continents and about two-thirds of the world's population, with cumulative total investment estimated in the trillions of dollars.

The legacies and lessons of the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War used to be described as the longest in American history, before the involvement in Afghanistan, and the conflict remains especially costly. Over 2.7 million Americans served in uniform in Vietnam, and more than 58,000 of them were killed or reported missing. Estimates of Vietnamese deaths top one million.

President Tsai meets a new nemesis

Tsai finds herself in a spot of bad luck in showdown with former President Chen.

South Korea election confirms democracy

President Moon takes office in a time of tension and uncertainty on both sides of the 38th Parallel.

Korean Peninsula dynamics are shifting

The election of Moon Jae-in as South Korea's president marks the re-emergence of a major player that had been silenced for five crucial months because of the country's political paralysis.

China's influence continues to grow in ASEAN

China has deepened its influence on ASEAN nations, and the just-concluded ASEAN Summit with its chairman's watered-down statement stands testimony to this.

Exit Hollande, France's president of paralysis

When Francois Hollande tapped Emmanuel Macron as an aide in his 2012 presidential campaign, little did he know that he was taking advice from his eventual successor.

Iran's delayed gold rush disillusions voters

The investment gold rush that was supposed to follow Iran's nuclear deal with world powers and revitalize the economy has not materialized, leaving many voters disillusioned ahead of Friday's election.

Institutions trump personalities for French voters

An enormous international sigh of relief has followed the election of comparative moderate Emmanuel Macron as president of France. He has decisively defeated Marine Le Pen of the right-wing National Front.

Global instability drives the growth of novel destruction

The actual use of one of the most destructive non-nuclear bombs in Afghanistan, reports of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the disturbing recent discussion on the threat of use of extremely destructive weapons in places such as the Korean peninsula have again focused attention on the extent to which the race for destructive weapons is threatening humanity and all other forms of life on earth.

Conflict on the Korean Peninsula presents a dilemma for ASEAN

Calls from the international community for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to play a role in easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula could reinvigorate the bloc's ambitions to steer regional security. But ASEAN needs to proceed carefully -- the stakes are high and it has little to gain and much to lose.
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