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Taiwan mourns victims of subway stabbing spree TAIPEI: Taiwan on Thursday mourned the four victims murdered in a stabbing spree aboard a Taipei subway train, the first attack of its kind in the country.Members of the public laid out flowers and cards to pay tribute to those who died in the attack at Jiangzicui subway station.Three people -- a 28-year-old man, 26-year-old man and 47-year-old woman -- died at the site, from stab wounds to the neck and chest, while a fourth victim, a 62-year-old woman, died later in hospital, police said.The lone attacker, Cheng Chieh, a 21-year-old college student, is in custody undergoing further questioning."I hope the spirits of the dead can rest in peace and those who were wounded can recover soon," a tearful woman told reporters at the site.Twenty-four people were wounded, around half of them seriously, the New Taipei City government said.During the regular cabinet meeting, Premier Jiang Yi-huah conveyed his condolences to ...

Japan court rules against restart of nuclear reactors TOKYO: A Japanese court ruled Wednesday against the restarting of two reactors at a nuclear power plant, acknowledging residents' safety fears and dealing a blow to the government's plan to revive nuclear power.It was the first court ruling in Japan against the restarting of reactors since a massive earthquake and tsunami sparked meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant in March 2011.At present, all of Japan's nearly 50 nuclear reactors are offline due to shutdowns or ...
Satellite data on missing MH370 to be released: Malaysian government ISLAMABAD: Satellite data from the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane will be released to narrow down the search, the Malaysian government said.The Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation made the announcement in a joint statement with British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat, Press TV reported."All parties are working for the release of the data communication logs and the technical description of the analysis for public consumption," read the statement without mentioning when the information would be ...
NZ net migration hits 11-year high in April WELLINGTON: New Zealand posted its biggest net migration gains in 11 years in April, official data showed on Wednesday, as fewer New Zealanders moved to Australia while more people settled in the country. The country posted a seasonally adjusted net gain of 4,080 people for the month, its highest since February 2003, compared with an upwardly revised 3,890 in March. For the year to April 30, there was a net gain of 34,366 permanent and ...
Australia imposes more sanctions targeting Putin allies SYDNEY: Australia Wednesday announced further sanctions against allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin as it reaffirmed its "clear and unequivocal support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine".The financial sanctions and travel bans were expanded to cover an additional 38 unnamed Russians and Ukrainians and 11 entities. A total of 50 people are now affected."I remain deeply concerned by the escalation of events in the east of Ukraine, which has resulted in tragic loss ...
North Korea's Kim plays up safety after deadly building collapse SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has sought to reassure the public over construction safety after the deadly collapse of a Pyongyang apartment building sparked a rare apology from the secretive hardline state.Inspecting a river-side construction site in Pyongyang where two 46-storey apartment buildings are being built by soldiers, he stressed the need for quality construction in the aftermath of the May 13 accident that state media blamed on "irresponsible" supervision by officials.The official Korean ...
China firm says Vietnam riot killed four employees BEIJING: Four employees of a state-owned Chinese company died in a riot in Vietnam, the firm said, doubling the previously announced toll with tensions simmering over a territorial dispute between the two countries.The violence last Wednesday left another 126 of its workers wounded, the China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC) said in a statement.DNA analysis is under way to identify two of the dead, the statement late Tuesday added.Beijing has previously said two Chinese nationals were ...

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