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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Thai ex-PM starts trial for role in rice subsidy scheme
Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday at the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade, which critics say is part of a politically motivated campaign against her family.
Obama moves to demilitarize US cops
President Barack Obama barred police from using tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers and large-caliber firearms, in response to accusations that US law enforcement has become too militarized.
A batch of sodium chloride manufactured by Y F Chemical Corp. (永豐化學工業) was tainted with bacteria, resulting in fevers for eight patients after they were injected with the solution, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said last night.
Shiite militias converge on Iraq's Ramadi after Islamic State takeover
Shiite militias converged on Ramadi Monday in a bid to recapture it from jihadists who dealt the Iraqi government a stinging blow by overrunning the city in a deadly three-day blitz.
The National Examination Committee for the 2015 Comprehensive Assessment Program For Junior High School Students (國中教育會考全國試務會) will hold a meeting today to ponder damage control options to respond to the nationwide English listening test oversight that resulted in many junior high students losing five minutes of exam time.
Taiwan -- English test mistake meeting to be held today
Heightened security in Texas town after biker gang deadly shootout
Law enforcement remained on alert in Waco, Texas, early Monday after a deadly shootout between rival biker gangs shook up the community, and attempts at intimidation ensured officers will stay on the streets, police said.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Police: 9 dead in Texas shooting all members of biker gangs
A shootout among rival motorcycle gangs at a popular Texas restaurant left nine bikers dead and 18 injured, and it sent panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said Sunday.
Officials: Saudi-led coalition airstrikes resume in Yemen
Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels resumed early Monday in the southern port city of Aden after a five-day truce came to a close following talks on the war-torn country's future that were boycotted by the rebels.
Contested Iraqi city of Ramadi falls to Islamic State group
The contested city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State group on Sunday, as Iraqi forces abandoned their weapons and armored vehicles to flee the provincial capital in a major loss despite intensified U.S.-led airstrikes.
Taiwan -- Hung registers for KMT primary
Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday registered for the Kuomintang (KMT) presidential primary as other party heavyweights shy away from the contest.
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Pope Francis canonizes two saints from 19th century Palestine
Pope Francis canonized two nuns from what was 19th century Palestine on Sunday in hopes of encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing a wave of persecution from Islamic extremists.
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Malaysia launches talks amid Asia's growing migrant crisis
Malaysia launched high-level talks with its neighbors Sunday to try to solve the deepening problem of refugees stranded in boats off Southeast Asia's shores, but there appeared to be no quick solution to the crisis.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Dozens dead in fighting for Syria's Palmyra
Syrian government troops and militia put up fierce resistance on Sunday to an Islamic State group assault on one of the jewels of the country's heritage, ancient Palmyra.
Suicide car bomb near Kabul airport kills 3
A Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car near the international airport in Afghanistan's capital on Sunday, killing at least three people and wounding 18 in an attack that appears to have targeted vehicles of the European Union police training mission, officials said.
No fairytale finale for Gerrard as Foxes beat the drop
Liverpool great Steven Gerrard was denied a fairytale finish to his Anfield career when Crystal Palace won 3-1 in his final home game on Saturday as Leicester completed one of the great escapes to preserve their Premier League status.
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