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Former President of Taiwan announces historic visit to China
Former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou will visit China next week. He’ll be the first current or former Taiwanese leader to visit the mainland since his party lost the Chinese Civil War and retreated to found modern Taiwan in 1949.
Fed raises rates, but uncertainty reigns
The US Federal Reserve increased interest rates by another quarter point on Wednesday, seeking to cool a hot economy without further spooking jittery markets. US rates are now at their highest level since 2007.
Canadian intelligence accuses China of election interference
A Canadian lawmaker has been accused of secretly helping Beijing at the expense of Canadian interests. Toronto-area representative Han Dong has denied wrongdoing, but on Wednesday night agreed to leave the ruling Liberal Party and sit in Parliament as an independent.
US report finds “significant” human rights issues in US partners including India, Taiwan
The US State Department published its annual Human Rights Report on Monday, detailing the human rights situation in 198 countries and territories.
Venezuelan oil minister resigns amid corruption crackdown
Venezuela’s oil minister, Tareck El Aissami, resigned suddenly on Monday amid accusations of corruption at the state oil firm PDVSA. Later that evening, President Nicolás Maduro went on TV to announce a corruption crackdown.
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