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Saturday, February 7, 2015
Taiwan -- GE235 'black boxes' contents revealed
The Aviation Safety Council (ASC, 飛安會) yesterday released the contents of the "black boxes" belonging to the crashed TransAsia Airways plane GE235, saying that both engines failed within minutes of each other, resulting in the accident.
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Taiwan -- Ma approves NSC and Presidential Office resignations
The Presidential Office announced yesterday the resignation approval for National Security Council (NSC, 國安會) Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) and Presidential Office Secretary-General Timothy Yang (楊進添).
U.S. employers added a vigorous 257,000 jobs in January, and wages jumped by the most in six years -- evidence that the job market is accelerating closer to full health.
Data on as many as 80 million customers at U.S. health insurance giant Anthem was stolen by hackers, officials confirmed Thursday, in a cyberattack investigators have reportedly linked to China.
Friday, February 6, 2015
Merkel, Hollande take Ukraine peace plan to Putin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande were due in Moscow Friday after getting Kiev's tentative backing for a crunch peace plan aimed at ending surging violence in Ukraine.
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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday that he and his deputy will urge the ruling party to reject calls to hold a leadership ballot next week that could potentially oust them.
Taiwan -- TransAsia pilot's actions 'saved lives'
Liao Chien-tsung (廖建宗), pilot of the ill-fated TransAsia (復興航空) flight that tragically crashed on Wednesday morning, saved many lives by suddenly changing the plane's course to avoid densely populated areas moments before the crash, according to witnesses.
An unnamed pilot of TransAsia Airways (復興航空) yesterday claimed the pilot of Flight GE235 had requested that maintenance be performed on one of the plane's engines before takeoff, only to have the request ignored, according to local media.
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The EU raised its growth forecast for the eurozone on the back of cheap oil and a weak euro, but warned that with deflation taking hold the bloc's struggling economies must keep up their reforms.
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The U.S. trade deficit in December jumped to the highest level in more than two years as American exports fell and imports climbed to a record level.
Jordanian fighter jets have carried out new air strikes, the military said Thursday, a day after the country's king vowed to wage a "harsh" war against Islamic State (IS) militants who control parts of neighboring Syria and Iraq.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Taiwan -- Rescuers scour Taiwan crash site as pilot hailed a hero
Taiwan rescuers scoured a river for 12 people still missing from a TransAsia plane crash Thursday, as the pilot, who died in the crash, was hailed a hero for apparently battling to avoid hitting built-up areas.
Jordan called Wednesday for a decisive battle against the Islamic State group, declaring "this evil can and should be defeated," after the militants burned a Jordanian pilot to death in a cage and gleefully broadcast the horrific images on outdoor screens in their stronghold.
Taiwan -- At least 31 killed in TransAsia crash
Barely six months clear of its last aviation accident that claimed over 40 lives in Penghu, Taiwan-based TransAsia Airways (復興航空) suffered another tragedy yesterday as one of its planes crashed into the Keelung River in New Taipei yesterday, with 31 people having lost their lives as of press time.
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Yesterday's Keelung River plane crash marks TransAsia Airways (復興航空) second deadly accident in seven months.
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