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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Taiwan -- Water rationing to be postponed by a week
Thanks to last week's rainfall filling reservoirs with fresh water, the introduction of phase-three water rationing has been postponed from April 1 to April 8.
A drug crackdown in Chupei, Hsinchu County last night turned into a shootout between police and drug dealers, with one drug dealer dead, another under arrest and one police officer injured as of press time.
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 > Hsinchu
Taiwan -- Drug dealer dies after shoot-out with police, one officer injured
Japanese factory output fell by a worse-than-expected 3.4 percent in February, data showed Monday, adding to the gloom enveloping the world's third largest economy as it struggles to overcome last year's sales tax rise.
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 > Japan
U.S. consumers spent just slightly more in February even though their income rose by a healthy amount. But economists hope bigger paychecks will give spending a bigger boost in the coming months.
Shooting incident breaks out at NSA headquarters in US
A shooting erupted when a vehicle tried to ram an entrance gate to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) outside Washington, D.C., media reports said on Monday.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Iran nuclear talks race towards deadline
LAUSANNE - Global powers were due to gather with Iran Monday, seeking to slot into place the last pieces of a complex puzzle to curtail Tehran's nuclear programme as diplomats said tentative agreement on some parts had been reached.
 > Europe
French right deals major blow to ruling Socialists in local elections
PARIS - France's ruling Socialists took a drubbing in run-off local polls on Sunday that saw major gains for former president Nicolas Sarkozy and the far-right ahead of 2017 presidential elections.
 > Europe
Nigeria awaits tense poll results, UN chief calls for calm
ABUJA - Nigerians on Monday awaited the first results of a closely fought general election pitting President Goodluck Jonathan against ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for calm after deadly riots followed 2011 polls.
 > Africa
Singapore gives Lee a hero's funeral
Tens of thousands of mourners braved torrential rain, howitzers fired a 21-gun salute and jet fighters screamed across the sky Sunday as Singapore staged a grand farewell for its founding leader Lee Kuan Yew.
Taiwan -- Mainland China's M503 route  takes off amid protests in Taiwan
The M503 flight route was officially opened to commercial aircraft yesterday. Online flight tracking sites indicated that Dragonair Flight KA857 was the first aircraft to use the air route, flying from Shanghai en route to Hong Kong.
Arab leaders have agreed to form a joint military force, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi announced on Sunday at a summit dominated by a Saudi-led offensive on Shiite rebels in Yemen.
 > Africa
Australia said Sunday it will sign an agreement to become a prospective founding member of a China-backed infrastructure bank, but stressed that no one nation should control the institution.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Singapore bids farewell to Lee Kuan Yew in elaborate funeral
Tens of thousands of Singaporeans undeterred by heavy rains lined a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the Southeast Asian city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession Sunday for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew.
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