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Kim Pledges to Back Putin’s ‘Sacred Struggle’ During Rare Summit

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee | The Washington Post

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called his country’s relations with Russia his top priority and pledged full support to President Vladimir Putin and his government, as the leaders met Wednesday for the first time in four years at a space facility in Russia’s far east.

Japan’s Kishida Shuffles Cabinet and Party Posts to Solidify Power

By Mari Yamaguchi | Associated Press

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shuffled his Cabinet and key party posts on Wednesday to strengthen his position before a key party leadership vote next year, bringing in a new defense minister and the country’s first female foreign minister since 2004.

China's Navy Starts Largest-Ever Exercises in Pacific Ocean

By Kathrin Hille | Financial Times

The Shandong, the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s second aircraft carrier, was on course on Tuesday to converge with more than 20 other Chinese warships in waters between Taiwan, the Philippines and the US Pacific territory of Guam, two Asian security officials said.

Maria Ressa, Journalist and Nobel Laureate, Is Cleared of Tax Fraud

By John Yoon and Camille Elemia | The New York Times

The Nobel Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa on Tuesday was acquitted by a Philippine court of tax fraud, the latest legal victory in her fight for the survival of her news site Rappler, which has come to represent the precariousness of the nation’s press freedoms.

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