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Sunday, January 25, 2015
Abe 'speechless' after video claims IS hostage dead
Japan's prime minister said Sunday he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and he demanded the release of the other.
 > Japan
World leaders ramped up pressure on Moscow Sunday to stop pro-Kremlin rebels from embarking on a major new offensive in eastern Ukraine after rocket fire killed at least 30 people in a strategic government-held port.
 > Europe
Japan condemns new video, not yet verifying authenticity
Japan's government is investigating a new message purported to be from the Islamic State group holding two Japanese hostages.
 > Japan
Taiwan -- Ximending shootings suspect arrested
Taipei police yesterday arrested Chen Fu-hsiang (陳福祥), who is suspected of committing a double murder in a Ximending parking garage earlier this month.
Premier Mao Chi-kuo yesterday said government officials must change their mentality to improve communication with netizens.
World leaders head to Saudi Arabia after king dies
World leaders headed to Saudi Arabia Saturday to offer condolences following the death of King Abdullah, with U.S. President Barack Obama cutting short a trip to India to pay respects.
Greece set for 'turning point' election as economy flounders
Greece stood Saturday on the brink of a make-or-break general election that could sweep the anti-austerity Syriza party to power and set the country on a collision course with its international creditors.
 > Europe
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Federal judge strikes down gay-marriage ban in Alabama
Alabama became the latest state to see its ban on gay marriage fall to a federal court ruling Friday, as the issue of same-sex marriage heads to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ernie Banks, the two-time MVP and Hall of Famer who never lost his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite years of playing on losing Chicago Cubs teams, died Friday. He was 83.
The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC, 金管會) distanced itself yesterday from media rumors that it is rolling out a 10-percent daily stock price fluctuation limit a half year early.
The first round of negotiations between the Taipei City Government and Farglory Group (遠雄) over the construction of the Taipei Dome collapsed yesterday, announced Taipei Deputy Mayor Chia-chi (鄧家基).
 > Local
 > Taipei
Chinese manufacturing activity picked up marginally in January but still contracted, a closely watched gauge indicated Friday, as growth in the world's number two economy slows down.
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