News In Focus: A Look at the World’s Most Interesting Stories


Asia: Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s opposition leader, claimed a landslide victory in the presidential election on Saturday.

The president-elect won 56 percent of the vote, and beat her her rival, Eric Chu of the ruling Kuomintang, or Nationalist party, by some 3 million votes.

The Democratic Progressive Party — which Ms. Tsai leads — has secured more than 60 of the 113 seats in Taiwan’s legislature, giving it a clear majority for the first time in history, according to the Financial Times.

Ms Tsai, 59, lost the election four years ago, but vowed she would eventually win.

“I have said that I will fight with my life to turn your tears to laughter,” the president-elect said in a moving speech after her victory was announced.  “Today, we have done it,” she added.

“Let’s wipe our tears and welcome the new page of Taiwan’s new age with delight,” Ms Tsai said.

For more, we go to BBC News…


Sports: An investigation conducted by BBC and BuzzFeed News found evidence of match-fixing in tennis.

The evidence is said to be based on insider-leaked secret files and statistical analysis of betting activity in 26,000 matches over the past seven years.

The investigation suggests that winners of singles and doubles titles at Grand Slam tournaments are among the core group of 16 players who have repeatedly been reported for losing games when highly suspicious bets have been placed against them.

Players were said to be offered $50,000 (£35,000) or more per fix, the Guardian found from the BBC-BuzzFeed report.

No culprits were named, and tennis officials have largely ignored the evidence against certain suspects, the report revealed.

But according to the Business Insider, the four governing bodies of tennis, Association of Tennis Professionals, Women’s Tennis Association, Grand Slam Board, and International Tennis Federation issued a joint statement saying that they “absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match fixing has been suppressed for any reason.”

Here’s ABC News with more…


Science: Astronomers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology announced on Wednesday that they have found evidence of another planet in our solar system.

The planet, four times the size of Earth, and 10 times as heavy, is lurking beyond the dwarf planet Pluto, and is orbiting the Sun in a highly elliptical trajectory, taking between 10,000 and 20,000 years to complete one full lap around the Sun.

The exact location of Earth’s distant cousin is still under search.

USA Today produced the following report…


Popular culture: Glenn Frey, guitarist and founding member of one of America’s best loved rock bands, the Eagles, died on Monday at age 67.

Glenn died in New York City of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia, according to the band.

Glenn co-wrote and sang some of the Eagles’ best-known songs, including “Heartache Tonight,” “Take It Easy,” and “Lyin’ Eyes,” and co-wrote “Hotel California” and “Desperado” with Don Henley, according to the Guardian.

Here is live footage of the band performing Hotel California in Washington DC, in 1977.


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