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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Seeing Iraq horror, Europe pledges aid and arms
The European Union on Friday forged a unified response to the rapid advance of Islamic militants in Iraq and the resulting refugee crisis, allowing direct arms deliveries to Kurdish fighters battling the Sunni insurgents. Several EU nations pledged more humanitarian aid.
 > Europe
Tens of thousands protest Pakistan's government
Tens of thousands of protesters rallied Saturday in Pakistan's capital, defying the pouring rain to demand the prime minister step down in the biggest challenge yet to the country's government.
Taiwan -- Boy killed in Xindian gas explosion
A gas explosion occurred at a residential complex in Xindian District, New Taipei City yesterday, causing the death of a young boy and over 10 individuals to be hospitalized.
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 > Taipei
Taiwan -- MOFA urges Japan to reflect on its conduct during World War II
Taiwan yesterday called on Japan to deeply reflect on its conduct during World War II and to promote peace in the region in response to the visits of Japanese Cabinet officials to a controversial shrine honoring Japanese war dead, including several convicted war criminals.
Falling gasoline costs lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services last month, keeping overall inflation in check.
Japan cabinet ministers visit controversial war shrine
Two Japanese cabinet ministers visited a controversial war shrine Friday in a move likely to aggravate already tense relations with neighbors China and South Korea, which see it as a symbol of Tokyo's militarist past.
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China on Friday published a draft of long-awaited property registration rules, a move expected to stabilise the real-estate market and help crack down on corruption.
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Friday, August 15, 2014
Iraq: Al-Maliki steps down, gives up post to rival
Iraq's embattled Nouri al-Maliki has stepped down as prime minister, caving in to international and domestic pressure to give up his post to a rival politician.
The UN's health agency said Thursday that the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been vastly underestimated and "extraordinary measures" were needed to contain the disease.
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Taiwan -- New Taipei City says 'no' to special exams
New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) yesterday criticized the 12-year compulsory education program, saying that the policy has gone in the wrong direction. He announced that New Taipei City will cancel the special high school admissions exam next year so that students can sign up for schools at the end of June after the first Comprehensive Assessment Program.
Pope blesses China as he flies through airspace to S. Korea
Pope Francis' greeting to Chinese President Xi Jinping as he flew to South Korea on Thursday marked a rare cordial exchange between the sides, which have no diplomatic relations and are embroiled in a sometimes bitter contest for authority.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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