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Taiwan leader files defamation suits against radio host TAIPEI: Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday filed defamation lawsuits against a radio host for alleging that he accepted illicit political donations from a company implicated in food safety scandals.Ma is seeking compensation of Tw$10 million ($322,600) and printed apologies in four major newspapers from Clara Chou in a civil defamation suit, his lawyer Hung Wen-jun told reporters outside Taipei district court.He also filed a criminal aggravated defamation suit against Chou since she "continues to make the same remarks concerning the case even though relevant persons have made many clarifications or even filed lawsuits against her", Hung said.Chou accused Ma of accepting under-the-table funds totalling Tw$200 million to act as the "guardian" of food giant Ting Hsin, which has faced widespread public outrage and an island-wide boycott of its products following several food safety scandals.Ma firmly rejected the allegation, saying his government has fully investigated the company's alleged involvement in ...

China bird flu death reported as 2014 toll rises BEIJING: A man has died from the H7N9 bird flu strain in eastern China, state media reported Monday, at the end of a year in which cases of the virus have accelerated.The deceased man was one of two recent cases reported in the city of Yongkang in Zhejiang. They were the third and fourth in the province "since the start of winter", the China News Service reported.The death emerged as hospitals in Hong Kong were ...
Family of 10 misses ill-fated AirAsia flight JAKARTA: An Indonesian family of 10 said Monday they had a miraculous escape when they arrived too late to catch AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which went missing shortly after take-off en route to Singapore.Christianawati, 36, said the 10 of them, who included her family, her mother and her younger brother's family, were heading to Singapore to celebrate New Year.The six adults and four children were originally booked on the 7:30 am flight but AirAsia moved them ...
China offers to help in search for missing AirAsia flight BEIJING: China has offered to send aircraft and ships to help in the search for a missing AirAsia flight which vanished on Sunday flying from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, the Foreign Ministry in Beijing said on Monday. "The Chinese side has already said to Indonesia that it is willing to urgently send aircraft and ships to participate in search and rescue, and will provide other aid according to Indonesian needs," the ministry ...
China officials dismissed over diseased meat scandal BEIJING: China has dismissed eight officials after pork from pigs infected with a "highly contagious virus" was found to have entered the market, state media said Monday.The country's latest food scandal was revealed in an investigation by state broadcaster China Central Television which said the annual revenue of the tainted pork was more than 20 million yuan ($3.2 million).The meat had come from slaughterhouses in the city of Gaoan in central Jiangxi province and had ...
No season of goodwill for China's underground Christians BEIJING: A group of Christians gathered in an apartment above a Beijing dental surgery, the atmosphere jubilant as a choir belted out carols on Christmas Eve -- but the curtains stayed tightly closed.Unofficial Christian groups have long been subject to crackdowns, but the atmosphere appears to be worsening as their numbers increase, and the ruling Communist party takes a more nationalist tone under its leader Xi Jinping.Members of Shouwang, a Beijing Christian group who held ...
South Korea proposes inter-Korea talks next month: minister SEOUL: A top South Korean official on Monday offered to hold high-level talks with North Korea in January to discuss "mutual concerns", including a reunion of the families separated by the Korean War.Ryoo Kihl-Jae, the South's unification minister in charge of North Korea affairs, said he was willing to meet in Seoul or the North's capital Pyongyang for the rare high-level talks. "I hope that the North will show active response to this offer," Ryoo ...

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