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Friday, December 12, 2014
A strong report on retail sales pushed U.S. stocks higher in early trading Thursday, easing investors' jitters over the global economy and another slide in oil prices.
Starting next week, domestic airlines will offer discounted fares due to declining fuel prices, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC).
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Hong Kong police start clearing main protest camp
Hong Kong authorities started clearing barricades Thursday from a pro-democracy protest camp spread across a busy highway as part of a final push to retake streets occupied by activists for two and a half months.
When the CIA set out to design a program to elicit intelligence from captured terrorists, it turned to two former Air Force psychologists with no practical interrogation experience and no specialized knowledge of al-Qaida, according to a Senate investigation released this week.
When asked by media if China would be waiting for Taiwan to pass the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement (兩岸服務貿易協議), Chen Deming (陳德銘), president of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS, 海協會), confirmed the sentiment though he emphasized that the time frame would be within two years and not after two years.
Taiwan -- Master chef admits to hugging, kissing woman on 2 motel visits
Local master chef Cheng Yen-chi, better known as Ah-chi-shih (阿基師), yesterday admitted to having hugged and kissed a fan after being caught visiting motels twice with the same woman by paparazzi.
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CIA torture brutal and ineffective: US report
CIA torture of al-Qaida suspects was far more brutal than acknowledged, did not produce useful intelligence and was so poorly managed it lost track of detainees, a scathing U.S. Senate report revealed Tuesday.
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China's consumer inflation fell to a five-year low of 1.4 percent in November, the government said Wednesday, fuelling concern about the danger of deflation in the world's second-largest economy.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Last French hostage freed, reviving policy debate
France's last hostage was freed Tuesday after being held for more than three years by al-Qaida's North Africa branch - rekindling debate over whether countries should negotiate with extremists or stick to a muscular, uncompromising policy that runs the risk of a beheading or a botched rescue attempt.
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CIA torture brutal and ineffective: US Senate report
CIA torture of Al-Qaeda suspects was far more brutal than acknowledged, did not produce useful intelligence and was so poorly managed it lost track of detainees, a scathing US Senate report revealed Tuesday.
Acting Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yi (吳敦義) said yesterday that the proposed withdrawal of Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's (王金平) membership appeal will not be on the party's agenda for its meeting today.
Taiwan -- Wang's status in KMT not on today's agenda
Police will clear Hong Kong's main pro-democracy protest camp Thursday and urged demonstrators not to resist, after more than two months of rallies for free leadership elections brought parts of the city to a standstill.
  
  
  
  
  
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