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An election battle for the identity of Taiwan

01 January 2016 23:59:44 - Asia News

Taiwan, one of the world's feistiest democracies, will elect a new president and parliament on 16 January. The BBC's Cindy Sui explains why this might just be one of its most significant polls yet. What is at stake in this election? The fundamental issue at the heart of any discussion of Taiwan is its relationship with China, which views it as a breakaway province that will one day be reunited with the mainland. In the eight years that President Ma Ying-jeou, from the Kuomintang (KMT) party, has been in power, he has focused on improving relations with China. This era has seen the rivals on the most cordial terms since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. But when he completes his...

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Chakwera says Malawi needs to reverse economic turmoil

01 January 2016 23:56:29 Malawi Nyasa Times – Malawi breaking news in Malawi

Leader of the opposition, Lazarus Chakwera, has used his New Year message to say that only a truly caring and transformational leadership can exploit opportunities for a better and prosperous Malawi. Chakwera: Gloomy future ahead In his New Year message, Chakwera piled on the gloom, telling Malawian that they face the worst cost of living crisis in a generation, saying “this festive season has probably been the most difficult ever, for most families in Malawi, due to lack of money.” “The root causes of the economic turbulence Malawi is reeling from are well known. Most of them are man-made, and can easily be reversed,” said Chakwera The opposition leader, who has vowed to fight for better living standards, said the welfare of Malawians has become the least in the government’s priorities. He said adding to poor governance, a penchant for non-essential expenditures and lack of political will in the fight against corruption; means that Malawi should brace for continued poor service delivery in health, education and social welfare. Chakwera also said there will be hunger, continued electricity blackouts, intermittent availability of water and a private sector that can no longer create wealth or jobs let alone produce enough to reduce our export deficit. MCP president said the nation should brace for continued “skyrocketing cost of living,” as families are struggling with bills that are growing faster than their income. However, Chakwera said Malawi needed profound “change and that government must rise to the challenge in the year ahead” to prevent the country going further in the wrong direction. “As MCP, we insist that fiscal prudence, better prioritisation, inculcating efficiency and effectiveness in the use of funds collected via taxes, and curtailing wastage and corruption; will all help to reduce budgetary pressure,” said Chakwera. He continued to implore everyone to join hands in reminding government “on the need to improve spending efficiency and contain future spending pressures, within the confines of reduced support from development partners.” Said Chakwera: “This should focus on spending levels, spending composition, and spending outcomes; for both development and functional spending (ORT).” He said rationalised low spending levels, with the attendant budget discipline would thus ensure sustainability in addressing poor social outcomes such as high incomes inequality, poor health, and education service delivery. Chakwera said other than demanding better governance, more prudence, transparency and maximum accountability; citizens should continue working hard by diversifying crops and diet. He urged people to start conserving food and where possible making the most of the rains by engaging in rain-harvesting to raise the water table. Chakwera’s message comes after President Peter Mutharika said in his New Year’s message that he is hopeful that the local currency kwacha will stabilise, more jobs opportunities will be created and new businesses will be opened in 2016 as Malawi moves towards becoming a producing and exporting nation. Mutharika also called on all Malawians to be positive and start with a collective resolution to believe in themselves and in government. Striking an optimistic note, President Mutharika said government started the journey of making Malawi a predominantly producing and exporting country and it is entering 2016 with the firm belief that investment is the new road for Malawi’s economy. Mutharika said he is looking forward to a better 2016 where government will continue to create a favourable environment for private investments and development. Reacting to Chakwera’s statement, government spokesman Jappie Mhango accused MCP of being “addicted to pessimism.” He said MCP has been peddling its message of doom ever since it lost the 2014 elections.

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Morocco’s Train Ticket Prices To Increase Starting January 1

01 January 2016 23:56:13 Morocco World News

Rabat -Railway passengers across Morocco will face an increase in ticket prices as of January 1, 2016. The National Railways Office (ONCF) announced on its website that train ticket prices will cost more starting on the first day of the year. “The Finance Act of 2016 provides, as of January 1, 2016, an adjustment of VAT on passenger rail and freight of the current 14 percent to 20 percent,” the ONCF confirmed. “This adjustment will be reflected in the prices of transport tickets issued by ONCF concerning tickets (all types of trains), subscription cards, card discounts and contracted rates,” the railway office added. The government has invested “billions of dirhams at a rate of 20 percent” Finance Minister Mohamed Boussaïd said to justify the increase to train users, during the Finance Commission in the House of Representatives last November. “The increase in VAT will generate no additional revenue to the state. It invests and thus it deducts. It’s just a matter of cash flow” he added. Minister Boussaïd referred to the increase in train passes as an “increased solidarity” during his announcement at the Finance Commission. The increase has now taken place despite opposition from several national political parties. The ONCF, chaired by Mohamed Rabie Khlie, has not yet updated its website to reflect the new higher fees. The ticket price for Morocco’s most prominent route – Rabat-Casablanca – will see a 2-dirham rise, increasing from MAD 35 to MAD 37. For the Rabat-Kenitra route, train ticket prices will only increase 1 dirham, reaching MAD 16 per pass. Longer distance routes will register larger increases. For instance, the Rabat-Tangier route will increase MAD 5, and the Casablanca-Oujda route will rise by MAD 11. Several train routes will be affected by the new increase, some more than others. For some trips, the increase in price could reach MAD 11. Train passengers are recommended to divide their current rates by 1.14 and multiply them by 1.2 to compute the new price. The post Morocco’s Train Ticket Prices To Increase Starting January 1 appeared first on Morocco World News .

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At least 380 hurt by firecrackers in Philippines, drunk man killed after hugging device as ...

01 January 2016 23:55:53 - World News

New Year's firecrackers left at least one man dead and 380 others injured, and caused a fire that gutted 1,000 shanties in the Philippines despite rain ......

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18 killed in Egypt ferry boat sinking

01 January 2016 23:55:48 - World News

At least 18 people were killed late Thursday when a ferry boat sank in the river Nile, Egyptian state television reported on Friday. ......

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Eight inmates die in Guatemala prison revolt

01 January 2016 23:55:41 - World News

At least eight inmates died in an overnight revolt in an overcrowded prison in Guatemala apparently started after a foiled escape attempt, according to officials on Saturday. ......

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2 million revelers, 315 tonnes of trash

01 January 2016 23:55:33 - World News

The two million revelers who ushered in 2016 on Rio de Janeiro`s famed Copacabana Beach left behind a calling card Friday: 315 tonnes of trash for the Olympic host city to cart away. ......

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Death toll rises to 22 as towns south of St. Louis face Mississippi River floods

01 January 2016 23:55:25 - World News

As flood-weary towns near St. Louis began to regroup from record high water, Mississippi River communities farther south braced for the peak of flooding that has already damaged...

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DW.COM Obama to tackle firearms violence in 2016, plans unilateral gun control steps

01 January 2016 23:55:23 - World News

News, Analysis and Service from Germany and Europe - in 30 Languages US President Barack Obama has made fighting gun violence his main resolution for 2016 in a New Year’s Day address, saying it is a major piece of "unfinished business" for his White House administration. ......

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No. 7 Ohio State beats No. 8 Notre Dame 44-28 in Fiesta Bowl

01 January 2016 23:55:19 - World News

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott ran for 149 yards and matched a Fiesta Bowl record with four touchdowns, sparking No. 7 Ohio State's prolific offense in a 44-28 win over Notre Dame on Friday. ......

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Canadiens top Bruins 5-1 at home of Patriots

01 January 2016 23:55:18 - World News

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Boston native Mike Condon stopped 27 shots to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday in the Winter Classic at the home of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. ......

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No. 17 Michigan routs No. 19 Florida 41-7 in Citrus Bowl

01 January 2016 23:55:17 - World News

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jake Rudock threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns and Michigan's defense dominated throughout in the No. 17 Wolverines' 41-7 victory over No. 19 Florida on Friday in the Citrus Bowl. ......

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Texas allows the open carry of handguns - even in the state capitol

01 January 2016 23:55:16 - World News

Texas was far from being the first US state to allow licensed gun owners to carry a holstered pistol in public -...

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Hocine Aït Ahmed: Algeria buries a hero in its struggle for independence from France

01 January 2016 23:55:10 - World News

Thousands of Algerians made their way to a tiny hill-top village today to pay their final respects to a...

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Munich terror threat remains in place

01 January 2016 23:55:09 - World News

A terror warning in Munich on New Year's Eve that led to the evacuation of two train stations was not a false alert, security officials said Friday, although there have been no arrests.The evacuation of Munich's main train station... ......

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Skyscraper fire in Dubai smolders into 2016

01 January 2016 23:55:08 - World News

A towering inferno that engulfed a 63-story luxury hotel in Dubai on New Year's Eve still smoldered through the first day of 2016 as firefighters worked to douse its embers on Friday.Authorities said they were still working to determine... ......

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Natalie Cole, master of past and present styles

01 January 2016 23:55:07 - World News

LOS ANGELES (AP) " She began as a 1970s soul singer hyped as the next Aretha Franklin and peaked in the 1990s as an old-fashioned stylist and time-defying duet partner to her late father, Nat "King" Cole.Natalie Cole, who died Thursday... ......

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Yemen pro-government fighters kill al-Qaida leader in south

01 January 2016 23:55:03 - World News

SANAA, Yemen (AP) " Pro-government fighters in Yemen attacked and killed a senior al-Qaida leader and three people traveling in his convoy near a security checkpoint in the southern Abyan province on Friday, Yemeni officials said.Ali... ......

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US ranching case sparks anti-government sentiment

01 January 2016 23:55:00 - World News

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) " The father and son of a prominent Oregon ranching family plan to surrender at a prison next week after a judge ruled they served too little time for setting fires that spread to government lands they leased... ......

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US lawmaker who helped create post-Enron law dies

01 January 2016 23:54:55 - World News

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) " A former U.S. congressman who helped write a landmark business regulatory law following the collapse of Enron Corp. and WorldCom Inc. has died. Mike Oxley was 71.Oxley's wife, Patricia, says her husband died... ......

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Cleveland protests continue over boy's shooting death

01 January 2016 23:54:51 - World News

CLEVELAND (AP) " Protesters upset by a decision not to indict two white police officers in the shooting death of a 12-year-old black boy marched to the home of the Cleveland prosecutor on Friday and called on him to resign.More... ......

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Key songs from Natalie Cole

01 January 2016 23:54:50 - World News

NEW YORK (AP) " Though her father was the incomparable Nat "King" Cole, Natalie Cole successfully carved out her own space in the musical universe with hit songs and albums that earned her multiple Grammy Awards. After some of her... ......

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Cyclone Ula causes state of emergency in Tonga

01 January 2016 23:54:43 - World News

Tonga has declared a state of emergency as the Cyclone Ula unleashes its fury on the Pacific Island nation. ARE YOU IN TONGA? SEND US YOU PICS The Vava'u and Ha'apai islands ar ......

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Iceland's president not seeking re-election after 20 years

01 January 2016 23:54:40 - World News

LONDON (AP) " Iceland's long-serving president says he will not be seeking re-election this year after leading the country for 20 years."lafur Ragnar Grmsson said in his New Year's speech on Friday that it was the right time to... ......

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Ontario bans sale of e-cigarettes to people under 19

01 January 2016 23:54:35 - World News

TORONTO (AP) " A law banning the sale of e-cigarettes to people to under the age of 19 has gone into effect in Ontario.Electronic cigarettes are now treated in the same way as regular cigarettes in the Canadian province that includes... ......

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Reaction to the death of Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole

01 January 2016 23:54:33 - World News

Reaction to the passing of Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole, who died in Los Angeles on Thursday at age 65:"I am sorry to hear about Natalie Cole's passing. I had to hold back the tears. I know how hard she fought. She fought... ......

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Man rams soldiers guarding French mosque

01 January 2016 23:54:32 - World News

A man rammed his car into four soldiers guarding a mosque on Friday in the southeast French city of Valence, but was stopped when a soldier fired and wounded him, authorities said.His motives were unclear, but with France on high... ......

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10 killed in early hours of new year in El Salvador

01 January 2016 23:54:31 - World News

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) " Salvadoran authorities say 10 people have been shot dead in the early hours of the new year, including an 11-year-old killed by men dressed as police.Police officials say five people were killed... ......

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California condor that helped save species returns to wild

01 January 2016 23:54:28 - World News

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " Banking into the wind and then gliding out of sight, a male California condor flew back into the wild after a captive breeding program that helped save North America's largest species of land bird.The 35-year-old... ......

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Guatemala prison riot leaves 8 dead

01 January 2016 23:54:26 - World News

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) " Guatemalan officials say a prison riot in the eastern state of Izabal has left eight inmates dead.Prosecutor's spokeswoman Yesenia Enriquez says two of the victims were decapitated and two other burned.Enriquez... ......

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