Arab fighters funded by Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden have become increasingly influential with the Taliban and are building a foreign alliances to expand the Talibanís extremist version of Islam, according to aid workers and political analysts. Arab mercenaries have already participated in civilian massacres against minority Shia Muslims in central Afghanistan earlier this year, and Islamic aid agencies, at least one of which is believed to be funded by Bin Laden, have recently set up offices in Kabul. In addition, Saudi Arabia continues to support the Taliban, as one of just three countries to recognize the Taliban regime as the official government of Afghanistan.
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.
Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .