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Saturday, April 11, 2015
Taiwan -- Taichung Metro collapse kills 4, injures 4
A collapsed section of an under-construction elevated railway at a Taichung Mass Rail Transit System (Taichung Metro) construction site caused four deaths and four injuries late Friday afternoon; three of the dead were construction workers at the site.
 > Local
Chinese inflation held steady at 1.4 percent in March, the government said Friday, leaving policymakers further room for monetary stimulus as they try to manage a broad slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy.
Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday, according to people familiar with her plans.
India furious as Pakistan frees alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind
Pakistani authorities have freed the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks on bail, sources said Friday, a move that swiftly drew furious condemnation from India.
 > India
Friday, April 10, 2015
Taiwan -- Amid Apache flap, AIT says U.S. military commitments unchanged
The United States' commitments under the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) remain unchanged, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Friday, amid fears that bilateral cooperation would be affected by recent lax security in Taiwan's military.
Samsung and Apple clash with rollout of new products
Samsung rolled out a new smartphone on Friday in a bid to regain market dominance as arch-rival Apple, eyeing the next generation of wearable technology, opened pre-sales for its first watch.
Taliban suicide bomber strikes NATO convoy in Afghanistan
A Taliban suicide car bomb targeted a NATO convoy in eastern Afghanistan Friday, killing at least three civilians as security forces brace for the start of the Taliban's traditional spring offensive.
Taiwan -- Lao family apologizes over Apache scandal
Family members of Lt. Col. Lao Nai-cheng (勞乃成), who was caught at the center of the ongoing Apache scandal, yesterday apologized to the public over Lao's alleged role in allowing civilians to take photographs of the AH-64E Apache helicopter without undergoing proper procedures.
Taiwan must focus on joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) this year, said American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Chairman Thomas Fann (范炘) yesterday.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday that last week's hard-won framework accord with world powers was no guarantee of a final nuclear deal and that much work remained.
Iran's president on Thursday warned Saudi Arabia and its allies that their airstrikes' campaign in Yemen is a "mistake" and called for a halt to the strikes targeting the Iran-backed Shiite rebels who have seized much of the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.
 > Africa
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Godzilla made Tokyo resident, tourism envoy
Godzilla has stomped so many buildings in Japan that the irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Tokyo's Shinjuku ward.
 > Japan
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Taiwan -- Legislative speaker tight-lipped about presidential bid
Legislative Yuan speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) wrapped up his four-day visit to Japan Thursday but still remained tight-lipped about whether he will vie for the ruling Kuomintang's nomination for the 2016 presidential election.
30,000 evacuated in China chemical plant fire
Almost 30,000 people living near a Chinese chemical plant where a huge fire blazed for a total of nearly 50 hours were evacuated before the flames were finally extinguished Thursday, media said
Japan emperor prays at WWII battleground on Pacific island
The emperor of Japan visited a remote Pacific island Thursday to pray for thousands of Japanese and American soldiers who died during the World War II battle of Peleliu.
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