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McDonald Taiwan apologises for disabled customer row TAIPEI: McDonald's Taiwan on Wednesday apologised after one of its outlets called the police to remove a woman with Down's syndrome, triggering protests from disabled groups who accused the fast food giant of discrimination.According to Taiwanese media, the customer, identified by her family name Wang, was trying to buy ice cream last week when a store manager called the police claiming that a homeless person was causing a commotion."I think it's very improper that the restaurant contacted the police to handle the matter in this isolated case," a spokeswoman for McDonald's Taiwan told reporters Wednesday in the southern Kaohsiung city where the incident took place."I apologise that this caused an unpleasant dining experience for Ms. Wang and I thank Ms. Wang and her family for accepting our apology," she said in footage aired by TVBS cable news channel.The restaurant reportedly asked the police to escort Wang out or take her ...

Mongolians go to polls hoping for mining spoils ULAN BATOR: Mongolians voted on Wednesday in a presidential election pitting the front-running incumbent against a champion wrestler and a woman, amid calls for a fairer distribution of the former Soviet satellite's spectacular mining wealth.The exploitation of Mongolia's vast coal, copper and gold reserves has helped transform an economy once characterised by nomadic lifestyles not far removed from its famous empire-building hero, Genghis Khan, 800 years ago.But rising inequality in the cities and environmental damage ...
US Treasury official in China WASHINGTON: The US Treasury's top official for international affairs will visit China on Wednesday for talks and to prepare for the two countries' annual strategic dialogue, the Treasury announced.Lael Brainard, Under Secretary for International Affairs, will be in Beijing on Wednesday and Thursday to meet top economic officials "as part of the administration's continuing bilateral engagement on economic issues of importance," the Treasury said in a statement.The talks will also prepare the ground for the ...
Former leader Rudd challenges for Australia PM SYDNEY: Former leader Kevin Rudd confirmed he will challenge embattled Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a leadership ballot called for later on Wednesday."I will be a candidate," he said at a press conference after Gillard called the ballot for 0900 GMT amid party-room moves to depose her ahead of September general elections.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Gillard defiant amid fresh leadership row SYDNEY: Embattled Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard insisted Wednesday she was focused on "getting on with the job" of governing as she confronted another reported move to depose her in favour of predecessor Kevin Rudd.A petition was widely reported to be circulating among Labor lawmakers calling for a caucus meeting where a vote on the leadership would be held, amid unease in the party over an expected rout under Gillard at national elections on September ...
China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft returns to Earth BEIJING: China completed its longest manned space mission Wednesday as its Shenzhou-10 spacecraft and three crew members safely returned to Earth, in a major step for Beijing's goal of building a permanent space station by 2020.The return capsule touched down at 8:07 am (0007 GMT), live state TV footage showed, kicking up a cloud of dust on the grasslands of north China's Inner Mongolia region.Technicians quickly gathered to open the craft's hatch and crawled inside ...
Hong Kong did not assist Snowden's departure: official HONG KONG: Hong Kong's justice secretary said on Tuesday the city did not assist fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden in leaving the territory, but that incomplete paperwork prevented officials from issuing a provisional arrest warrant.The United States said Sunday it was "disappointed" by Hong Kong's "troubling" failure to arrest Snowden before he fled the territory.Snowden, who embarrassed US President Barack Obama with his revelations of massive surveillance programmes, dramatically flew from Hong Kong bound ...

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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