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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Greece was expected Wednesday to bid for extra debt crisis aid from the EU without strings attached, ahead of a closely watched ECB meeting on the country's emergency funds.
 > Europe
After hours of heavy fighting, Kurdish fighters in Iraq have repelled an assault by IS fighters southwest of Irbil, Kurdish officials said.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Taiwan -- Nearly 2.4 million hit roads for CNY
The number of vehicles that flooded through national highways on "Little New Year's Eve" is close to topping 2.4 million within six hours, announced the Taiwan Area National Freeway Bureau yesterday.
A strong undersea earthquake unleashed a small tsunami Tuesday off the same coastline of northern Japan devastated by a tsunami in 2011 that left more than 18,000 people dead.
 > Japan
Greece and Europe raced to scrape together a last minute debt deal for Athens on Tuesday and avoid a catastrophic Greek exit from the eurozone a day after talks ended bitterly.
 > Europe
Street fighting breaks out in Ukraine
Street-to-street fighting broke out for the first time inside a flashpoint town in east Ukraine on Tuesday, officials and pro-Russian rebels said, dealing a harsh blow to a fragile cease-fire just three days old.
 > Europe
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Minor tsunami hits Japan after undersea quake
A strong undersea earthquake unleashed a small tsunami Tuesday off the same coastline of northern Japan devastated by a tsunami in 2011 that left more than 18,000 people dead.
 > Japan
Tens of thousands in Copenhagen vigil for shooting victims
Tens of thousands of Danes have gathered for a torchlit vigil in Copenhagen to commemorate the victims of two shootings that shocked the nation and heightened fears of a new surge in anti-Semitic violence.
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The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) has extended its wishes for a happy Year of the Goat and voiced its expectations that U.S.-Taiwan ties will continue to grow in the new year through a video posted on YouTube and shared on Facebook.
Taiwan -- Chu visits Lee, Soong in search of support
Kuomintang (KMT) party chief and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) was asked yesterday to visit People First Party (新民黨) chief James Soong (宋楚瑜) and former President Lee Tung-hui (李登輝)in what is believed to be a discussion of who can be a potential KMT candidate in the 2016 presidential election.
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Egypt seeks vengeance against IS in Libya after shocking video
Egyptian warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday in swift retribution for the extremists' beheading of a group of Egyptian Christian hostages on a beach, shown in a grisly online video released hours earlier.
 > Africa
Taiwan -- TRA comes to agreement with engineer's union
The Taiwan Rail Administration (TRA, 台鐵) came to an agreement with the TRA train engineer's association (火車駕駛人聯誼會) yesterday following a large-scale protest at rail crossings on Valentine's Day due to dissatisfaction with railway safety and undermanned facilities.
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After stumbling out of recession last quarter, Japan's economy looks set to do something familiar this year: slumber.
 > Japan
Monday, February 16, 2015
A video purporting to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday by militants in Libya affiliated with the Islamic State group.
Japan's economy limped out of recession in the last quarter of 2014, official data showed Monday, but annual growth was flat and the weaker-than-expected figures were likely to boost calls for more central bank stimulus.
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