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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Taiwan -- Ten Ren tea tainted with pesticides: FDA
Black tea leaves sold by popular tea brand Ten Ren Group (天仁集團) contain fipronil higher than regulations allow, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食藥署) said, yesterday.
As the recent monsoon brought a substantial amount of rainfall, the phase-three water rationing implemented in Northern Taiwan has been called off until Saturday, May 16, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced yesterday.
The EU on Tuesday sharply slashed its growth outlook for Greece this year due to its ongoing battle with its international creditors, dampening an otherwise improved outlook for the eurozone.
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Thirty-nine people were indicted Tuesday for intruding into the Cabinet complex in Taipei during a mass protest last year against a controversial Taiwan-China trade pact.
The U.S. trade deficit in March jumped to the highest level in more than six years as a small increase in exports was swamped by a flood of imports from autos to cellphones.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Obama on protests: 'There are consequences to indifference'
NEW YORK -- In a deeply personal response to outbreaks of racially motivated protests, President Barack Obama on Monday blamed a lack of opportunity in minority communities and harsher treatment of black and Hispanic men by police for fueling a sense of "unfairness and powerlessness."
Boston Marathon bomber cries at federal death penalty trial
BOSTON -- For the first time in court, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and cried as his sobbing aunt briefly took the stand Monday in his federal death penalty trial.
Final push begins in Britain's knife-edge election
LONDON - Britain's political leaders prepared for a final frenetic 48 hours of campaigning from Tuesday ahead of Britain's knife-edge general election on Thursday.
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Taiwan -- Few surprises at Chu-Xi meeting
Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping (習近平) met yesterday morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, with Chu maintaining the party line in advocating continued economic cooperation with the economic giant under the "1992 Consensus."
The United Kingdom's Labour Party leader Ed Miliband unveiled a 2.5-meter stone monument engraved with his election promises on Sunday in a bid to convince the public to elect him prime minister.
 > Europe
Taiwan -- Scorsese and Garfield praise Taiwan in 'Silence' press meet
Renowned Hollywood director Martin Scorsese and "The Amazing Spider-Man" star Andrew Garfield yesterday spoke fondly of their experiences working in Taiwan during a press conference that marked the principal photography completion of Scorsese's period piece "Silence."
Mainland China's manufacturing activity recorded its worst contraction in a year in April, a survey by HSBC showed Monday, as subdued domestic demand weighed on growth in the world's second-largest economy.
Monday, May 4, 2015
City: 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest
Two gunmen were killed after opening fire on a security officer outside a contest for cartoon depictions of Prophet Muhammad in Texas and a bomb squad was called in to search their vehicle as a precaution, authorities said.
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Baltimore mayor lifts curfew 6 days after riots
Baltimore's mayor lifted a citywide curfew, six days after riots sparked by Freddie Gray's death, and faith leaders called for continued activism until justice is achieved.
Death moments from freedom: Boko Haram hostages recount ordeal
At least three women were killed in a landmine explosion and others crushed to death by tanks as Nigeria's military moved in to rescue them from Boko Haram, one freed hostage said on Sunday.
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