Demolitions spark violence in Israeli Arab village

UMM AL-HEIRAN, Israel -- Demolitions in an Israeli Arab village activists say has been targeted by racist policies sparked violence on Wednesday, with a policeman killed and the man accused of attacking him shot dead. A prominent Israeli Arab lawmaker was also wounded in the confrontation in Umm al-Heiran in southern Israel, where activists have long sought to draw attention to what they call the unjust practice of demolishing Arab homes. Police said the man killed, a local resident, was active in the Israeli Islamic Movement and may have been influenced by the Islamic State organization — a claim residents strongly denied, calling him a respected teacher. "He has no relations with the Islamic Movement. Injured lawmaker Ayman Odeh heads the Joint List, a coalition of mainly Arab parties and the third-largest bloc in parliament.

January 18, 2017 16:05 UTC

60-year-old gorilla, 1st to be born in a zoo, dies

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The world's first gorilla born in a zoo, a female named Colo who became the oldest known living gorilla in the U.S., has died at age 60, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said Tuesday. The oldest known living male gorilla, Ozzie, is 55 years old and lives at the Atlanta Zoo, which has a geriatric gorilla specialty. Packy, an Asian elephant at the Oregon Zoo, is now 54 and the oldest male of his species in North America. Nikko, a 33-year-old snow monkey at the Minnesota Zoo, is the oldest male snow monkey in North America. Zulie, a 30-year-old Black Howler monkey at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is the oldest living female Howler monkey in captivity.

January 18, 2017 16:05 UTC

May promises parliament vote on Brexit deal

Here are the key issues at stake:What is the Single Market? The single market guarantees freedom of goods, people, services and capital — the so-called "four freedoms" of the European Union. Britain would have to accept the "four freedoms" to keep access to the single market while outside the European Union. What is the EU customs union? For example if an import from outside the customs union enters Turkey and customs duties are paid on it, those goods can then move freely throughout the customs union.

January 18, 2017 16:05 UTC

Fugitive in fatal US police shooting captured

ORLANDO, Florida -- The suspect in the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer was captured Tuesday night after eluding a massive manhunt for more than a week, authorities said. Local television stations showed Loyd with a bloodied face as a half-dozen officers and deputies took him into police headquarters. Mina tweeted, "Captured and wearing Lt. Debra Clayton's handcuffs." Mina denied rumors that the arrest was the result of an anonymous tip, saying that Loyd was captured by the tireless efforts of law enforcement. Before the officer's shooting, authorities had been looking for Loyd for questioning in the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon.

January 18, 2017 16:05 UTC

Nigerian air force bombs refugee camp, killing more than 100

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers and wounding 200, a government official and doctors said. Military commander Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor confirmed an accidental bombardment in the northeastern town of Rann, near the border with Cameroon, saying "some" civilians were killed. A Borno state government official, who was helping to coordinate the evacuation of wounded from the remote area by helicopters, said more than 100 refugees and aid workers were among the dead. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters. Doctors Without Borders said its team based in Rann counted at least 52 bodies and was treating 200 wounded, many in critical condition, and the death toll was expected to rise.

January 18, 2017 16:05 UTC



Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's sentence

WASHINGTON -- Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence. Obama became the president to have granted more commutations than any other when he announced Tuesday that Manning will be freed in May, almost 30 years ahead of schedule. With his last-minute clemency for Manning and Cartwright, Obama appeared to be softening what has been a hard-line approach to prosecuting leakers. Manning has been serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and military documents to WikiLeaks, along with some battlefield video. She asked Obama last November to commute her sentence to time served.

January 18, 2017 16:05 UTC

Nadal playing through pain in the Australian Open 納達爾帶傷闖澳網

Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal Sunday revealed his long-term struggle with pain from injury, but said that since starting to work with his new coach, Carlos Moya, he hopes that he can continue his successful career. Nadal, who has been plagued with injury, said he had been playing through the pain for many years, but remained confident that he will be able to add another grand slam tournament title to his tally. Nadal did not do well in last year’s Australian Open, being knocked out in the first round by compatriot Fernando Verdasco. Nevertheless, he maintains that if he didn’t feel he had a chance of lifting the trophy, he wouldn’t enter the tournament. (CNA, translated by Paul Cooper)西班牙網球巨星納達爾週日自爆長期和傷痛奮戰,但與新教練莫亞合作之後,希望大滿貫賽生涯能夠延續下去。傷痛纏身的納達爾表示,多年來都是帶傷作戰,但他還是相當看好自己再奪大賽冠軍。被問到身體是不是已經沒傷沒痛了,三十歲的納達爾回答說:「沒傷沒痛的日子已經是很久以前了。」納達爾二○一四年後就沒打進大滿貫賽四強,但他和長年擔任教練的叔叔唐尼長談後,決定在去年十二月雇用西班牙前輩莫亞。納達爾去年在澳網出師不利,首輪就遭同胞佛達斯柯淘汰出局;但他表示,如果不是覺得有機會高舉冠軍盃,就不會參賽。(中央社)

January 18, 2017 16:05 UTC

TSMC 'facing triple threat' to revenue streams

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be exposed to three major risks, including falling revenue from the 28nm and 16nm segments, according to a report Wednesday. The institutional investor, which the CNA did not name, gave TSMC a "hold" rating and a target stock price of NT$190. According to the institutional investor, the pure-play foundry sector has turned conservative following the outlook that TSMC gave at its investors' conference last week. The weak smartphone market will also undermine demand for driver ICs for the small-sized displays, the institutional investor was cited as saying. Although TSMC's utilization rates for its 16nm production may remain stable in the first quarter of 2017, the institutional investor predicts a significant decline in the second quarter.

January 18, 2017 16:04 UTC

Restaurants facing higher staff costs: survey

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The impact of recent amendments to the Labor Act are already being felt by the hospitality industry, with 67 percent of restaurants reporting increased personnel costs, according to a 1111 Job Bank survey released Wednesday. Opposition Kuomintang Legislator Lee Yen-hsiu (李彥秀) accused the government of "beating around the bush" about the effects of the new workweek law and of not taking responsibility for the increased operating costs. Cabinet FindingsDuring a press conference Tuesday, Cabinet spokesman Hsu said workweek rules set by the newly amended Labor Standards Act were not to blame for price hikes at some restaurants. However, legislators at Wednesday's forum said these additional increases in "other" costs were likely the result of personnel cost increases at the restaurants' suppliers. Not only has the new law led to increases in operating costs, but businesses have also reported difficulties in scheduling employees's working hours.

January 18, 2017 16:04 UTC

Greenback recovers as sterling retreats

LONDON -- The dollar recovered against its major peers Wednesday after taking a battering the previous day, while the pound fell back having surged on the U.K.'s Brexit plans. European stock markets were largely steady around midday following gains for Asian indices. Shares in U.K. publisher Pearson plunged up to 28 percent after it issued a profit warning and said it would sell holdings in Penguin Random House, a joint venture with German media company Bertelsmann. "The rising anxiety and uncertainty ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration this coming Friday has exposed the greenback to heavy losses," said FXTM Research analyst Lukman Otunuga. On Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned at the World Economic Forum in Davos against protectionism, alluding to Trump's plans to tear up global trade deals, saying it was like "locking oneself in a dark room.

January 18, 2017 16:04 UTC

Navy's antique sub the main attraction at press open day

The press were shown the fruits of the Navy's efforts to keep the U.S.-built Guppy-class Hai Pao (海豹), or Seal, in seaworthy condition. The submarine is one of two Guppy-class submarines Taiwan has in active service. Hai Pao (海豹) was built by the U.S. in WWII, and modernized to Guppy II class in 1949 before being transferred to Taiwan in the early 1970s. Although no longer combat-ready, the submarine still plays a vital role as a training ship for the Navy's rookie submariners. The army and the air force held similar drills a day earlier to demonstrate their combat readiness.

January 18, 2017 16:04 UTC

Experts urge judicial reform 'before public trust in system is lost'

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Experts from the Judicial Reform Foundation called Wednesday for judicial reform efforts to be expedited, saying it was critical for the public to "feel" the reform before trust in the system was completely lost. "It is crucial that the people feel the judicial system is reshaping and improving steadily and on the right track," Kao said. The reform committee will compile a comprehensive report on how the judicial system must be reformed after its members reach conclusions at its final meeting — the third stage of preparations. A 'relatable system'Judicial Reform Foundation Chairman Joseph Lin (林永頌) reiterated Wednesday that judicial reform must make the justice system more understandable and more hence relatable. "The fundamental reason why people don't trust the system is because they don't know what's going on at all," Lin said.

January 18, 2017 16:04 UTC

EasyCard gives free cards to Yilan students to encourage cross-platform usage

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Some 28,000 EasyCards will be handed out free of charge to Yilan County junior high and high school students to drive home the message that the cards are for more than just catching trains. During the announcement event Tuesday, Yilan Magistrate Lin Tsung-hsien (林聰賢) said he hoped elementary schools could begin using EasyCards as library cards and student IDs cards by next semester. The Yilan County Government would continue to work with EasyCard Corp. and hoped to eventually incorporate the card into more transportation services, the magistrate said. EasyCard Corp. also announced Tuesday that all cardholders would be entitled to discounts at Marui Department Stores in Japan. The Marui Group owns 25 department stores across Japan, and will be providing 5 percent discounts to shoppers with Taiwan EasyCards from Jan. 21 to the end of March.

January 18, 2017 16:04 UTC

All aboard! Taipei's new sightseeing buses offer double the fun

The hop-on, hop-off bus service was officially launched at a ceremony at Taipei Main Station, attended by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲). The fleet of 57-seat double-decker buses will take passengers to popular tourist hotspots around the city. The buses exceed regular city buses in height by around 1 meter. He said that as an international city, Taipei had always lacked the double-decker tourist bus service common in most other developed capital cities. The red line is a 20-kilometer route from Taipei Main Station to Taipei 101, while the 23.5-kilometer blue line goes from Taipei Main Station to the National Palace Museum.

January 18, 2017 16:04 UTC

'Detention' video game goes viral

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- An online game set in Taiwan under martial law in the 1960s has already gone viral since being launched a week ago, sparking discussion of not only the game itself but also related historical happenings and political issues. "Detention," developed by Taipei-based Red Candle Games, is a survival horror game available on the Steam game platform. OpView, a database of social media exchanges and interactions, recorded discussions of "Detention" on more than 20,000 social media channels, chatrooms and new sites between its launch a week ago. On Tuesday alone, there were more than 17,000 social media posts concerning the game, CNA said. A lot of the discussion has lauded "Detention" as a successful example of the cultural creative industry, while a significant volume of discussion focused on the politics involved in the game, CNA reported.

January 18, 2017 16:04 UTC



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