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TAIPEI : Millions of voters went to the polls Saturday in an election that was expected to make Tsai Ing-wen Taiwan’s first female president and give her party, which is skeptical of close ties with China, a strong showing in the legislature.

The campaign has largely pivoted on economic issues, as growth in Taiwan has slowed dramatically over the past year. Wages have stagnated and housing prices in major cities like Taipei have remained out of the reach of many people.

Voters have also soured on the departing president, Ma Ying-jeou, and his policy of pursuing a closer relationship with China, Taiwan’s giant neighbor, which considers the self-governed island to be a part of its territory with which it must eventually be united.

Speaking to a huge crowd of supporters Friday night on a boulevard across from Taiwan’s Presidential Office Building, Ms. Tsai recalled protests that have filled the capital’s streets in recent years. Those included demonstrations over the death of a young soldier and the Sunflower Movement, a student-led protest against the pursuit of a trade bill with China by the governing party, the Kuomintang.

“Behind me is the presidential office. It’s just a few

JAKARTA - Authorities were on high alert for a terror attack to hit Indonesia, five days before suicide bombings and shootings rocked central Jakarta, the director of the State Intelligence Agency Sutiyoso revealed on Friday (Jan 15).

The State Intelligence Agency had also told police as early as November that “something would happen”. However, it is “very difficult to determine when and where they will strike”, Mr Sutiyoso said.

“We intensified our focus on them, especially during

TOKYO: A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, with Japanese authorities saying there was no danger of a tsunami.

The quake hit at 12:25 pm (0325 GMT) off the southern coast of the island, at a location about 750 kilometres (470 miles) north of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The quake was measured at a depth of 50 kilometres, it said.

No damage or injuries were immediately

PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Istanbul on Tuesday that claimed at least 10 lives and injured 15 other people.

The foreign ministry said Wednesday the Malaysian government expressed its deepest condolences to the government and people of Turkey as well as to the families of people affected by the attack.

It said that according to the Malaysian Embassy in Ankara, there had been no report of any Malaysian casualties.

"The embassy is also in close contact

Several blasts were heard in the centre of the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Thursday, and casualties were seen lying on the ground, an AFP journalist said.

A police post on a main street was damaged after six blasts were heard. At least three casualties were seen lying on the street, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

Gunfire was ringing out in the area afterwards, the journalist said.

Jakarta Blasts Caused By Bomb: Indonesian Police

Several blasts Thursday in central Jakarta

THE HAGUE: Relatives of those killed in the MH17 air disaster Wednesday urged Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to launch a global campaign to obtain radar images which may help pinpoint who fired a missile at the plane.

All 298 passengers and crew onboard the Malaysia Airlines flight jetliner -- most of them Dutch -- died when it was shot down en route to Kuala Lumpur over war-torn eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

Officials with the Dutch safety board (OVV) concluded in their investigation last

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia and Iran said on Sunday that an escalating dispute between the two countries would not affect international efforts to end the war in Syria, even as a large Syrian rebel group cast doubt on the United Nations-led peace process.

The U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said in a statement after meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Tehran that Iran had assured him that the row would not upset talks set for later this month.

De Mistura is shuttling around the

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