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Mexico Captures Son of El Chapo, Alleged Fentanyl Trafficker, Ahead of Biden Visit

By Mary Beth Sheridan & Kevin Sieff | The Washington Post (free)

A U.S. warship sailed through the strait separating Taiwan and China on Tuesday, the navy said, the first such passage since leaders from the two rival superpowers held a video summit.

U.S. to Expel More Migrants as Joe Biden Tries to Curb Border Crossings

By James Politi & David Agren | Financial Times

Joe Biden has announced a new plan to reduce migration from the US border with Mexico, increasing expulsions and expanding a scheme to encourage legal entry by air for citizens of certain countries.

More from WPR: U.S. Border Policy Must Adapt to the Region’s New Migration Patterns

Chad Says It Foiled Military Attempt to Destabilize Country

Reuters

Chadian security forces have foiled an attempt by a group of army officers to destabilize the country and undermine constitutional order, the government said in a statement Thursday.

U.S. Officials Repatriate a Looted Relic to the Palestinian Authority

By Tom Mashberg | The New York Times

American officials met with representatives of the Palestinian Authority in Bethlehem on Thursday and handed back a 2,700-year-old looted item in what officials said was the first time the United States had repatriated a stolen relic to the Palestinian government.

Military Investigation Reveals How the U.S. Botched a Drone Strike in Kabul

By Azmat Khan | The New York Times

Documents obtained through a lawsuit reveal how biases led to the deadly August 2021 blunder, and that officials made misleading statements concealing their assessment of civilian casualties.

Exiled Venezuela Lawmakers Chosen to Lead Anti-Maduro Fight

By Camille Rodriguez Montilla & Joshua Goodman | Associated Press (free)

Venezuela’s opposition has selected an all-female team of mostly unknown exiled former lawmakers to replace the beleaguered Juan Guaido as the face of its faltering efforts to remove socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

More from WPR: Elections Are Still the Best Hope for Venezuela’s Opposition

Mexican Cartel Leader Dies in Shootout After Mass Jail Break

Reuters

An escaped Mexican cartel kingpin known as “El Neto” died after a shootout early Thursday, four days after he fled prison in a violent mass break-out, authorities said.

U.S. and Germany to Send Armored Fighting Vehicles to Ukraine

By Guy Chazan, Laura Pitel, Felicia Schwartz & John Paul Rathbone | Financial Times

Germany and the U.S. will send armored fighting vehicles to Ukraine, the White House said, in a move that will deliver a big boost to Kyiv’s offensive capabilities.

More from WPR: Why the War in Ukraine Hasn’t Polarized Western Democracies

Another Portuguese Government Member Quits in Latest Hiring Scandal

By Catarina Demony | Reuters

A newly appointed senior Portuguese government official quit Thursday in a fresh embarrassment for the Socialist administration that is facing tough criticism over its vetting procedures following a wave of scandals and resignations.

Russia’s Frontline Attacks Showed No Signs of Abating in the Run-Up to Putin’s Cease-Fire

By Megan Specia | The New York Times

A unilateral Russian cease-fire announced for Friday appeared to have little effect in its early hours, as fighting continued and Moscow claimed it was defending itself against Ukrainian strikes.

More from WPR: Russia Is Recruiting the Afghan Commandos That the U.S. Abandoned

Kenyan LGBTQ Activist’s Body Found in Metal Box

By Evelyne Musambi | Associated Press (free)

Kenyan police were investigating the death of an LGBTQ activist whose body was found stuffed in a metal box, as human rights groups on Friday decried the killing.

U.N. Internal Report Flags East Congo Rebels Flouting Cease-Fire and Withdrawal Deal

By Sonia Rolley | Reuters

United Nations intelligence analysts have spotted suspected movements by M23 rebels in parts of eastern Congo from which they were meant to have withdrawn and signs the armed group has seized ground in other areas, internal U.N. documents showed Thursday.

More from WPR: M23 Violence Overshadows Eastern Congo Peace Talks

Cameroonian Fishery Products Banned in EU, Commission Says

By Grace Ekpu | Associated Press (free)

The European Commission on Thursday banned imports of seafood caught in Cameroon’s waters, or caught by ships flagged there, and it labeled the West African country as “non-cooperating” in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Turkish Court Freezes Opposition Party’s Campaign Funds Ahead of Elections

By Ayla Jean Yackley | Financial Times

Turkey’s constitutional court has frozen state financing to the country’s third-biggest political party as part of a legal case that seeks to ban it for alleged terrorism links, just months before parliamentary and presidential elections.

Leaders of Turkey, Syria Could Meet for Peace

Reuters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday he may meet Syria’s Bashar al-Assad as part of a new peace process, after their defense ministers met last week for the highest-level talks between the two foes since the Syrian war began in 2011.

More from WPR: Turkey Is Playing With Fire in Syria—Again

U.S., Turkey Target Financial Network Linked to Islamic State

Reuters

The U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday it was taking joint action with Turkey against a network it said played a key role in money management, transfer and distribution for the Islamic State militant group operating in Iraq and Syria.

Indonesia President Eyes Cabinet Reshuffle in Coming Days

By Ananda Teresia | Reuters

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he may reshuffle his Cabinet in the next few days, as some political sources bet on a last major realignment of his government to complete programs ahead of elections due to be held in 2024.

More from WPR: Whenever Jokowi Leaves Office, Indonesia’s Democracy Will Be Worse Off

Taiwan’s Tsai Visits Base as China Protests U.S. Ship Passage

By Taijing Wu | Associated Press (free)

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen visited a military base Friday to observe drills while rival China protested the passage of a U.S. Navy destroyer through the Taiwan Strait, as tensions between the sides showed no sign of abating in the new year.

More from WPR: China’s Saber-Rattling Won’t Make Taiwan Shift Course

Japan, U.S. to Hold Security Talks Before Kishida Meets Biden

By Mari Yamaguchi | Associated Press (free)

Japan and the United States will hold security talks between their foreign and defense ministers in Washington the day before Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida lands in the U.S. capital next week, wrapping up his tour of the Group of Seven nations as Tokyo expands its military and deepens its alliance with America amid China’s growing influence.

France to Send ‘Tank Killer’ Armored Vehicles to Ukraine

By Leila Abboud & Ben Hall | Financial Times

France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, has pledged to provide Ukraine with armored combat vehicles to help in the war against Russia.

More from WPR: Ukraine Needs More Than Perfect Heroes to Defeat Russia

Emirati FM Meets Syria’s Assad in Damascus in Further Sign of Thawing Ties

Reuters

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad received the United Arab Emirates foreign minister in Damascus on Wednesday in the latest sign of thawing relations between Assad and an Arab state that once supported rebels trying to overthrow him.

Vietnam Removes Two Deputy PMs Amid Anti-Corruption Drive

Reuters

Vietnam’s National Assembly, the country’s lawmaking body, on Thursday voted to dismiss two deputy prime ministers from their posts, a government statement said, in what analysts suspect is a new escalation in the country’s anti-corruption crackdown.

U.S. Court Sentences Ex-Bolivian Interior Minister to Six Years in Bribery Scheme

Reuters

A federal U.S. court sentenced former Bolivian Interior Minister Arturo Murillo to nearly six years behind bars Wednesday for conspiracy to commit money laundering, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.

U.S. to Send Delegation of Trade and Economic Officials to Taiwan

By James Politi | Financial Times

The U.S. is sending a delegation of trade and economic officials to Taiwan next week, as President Joe Biden’s administration seeks to bolster the commercial relationship with the country.

More from WPR: China’s Saber-Rattling Won’t Make Taiwan Shift Course

Washington Coy on Venezuela’s Guaido, Still Recognizes 2015 National Assembly

Reuters

The United States still recognizes Venezuela’s 2015 National Assembly after a recent shakeup and will keep coordinating with its former leader Juan Guaido “and other like-minded individuals,” the White House said Wednesday.

More from WPR: Elections Are Still the Best Hope for Venezuela’s Opposition

Great Power Competition Has Shifted in the United States’ Favor

By Ryan Hass | East Asia Forum (free)

At the start of 2022, China’s economy appeared strong, Beijing seemed to have contained the spread of COVID-19, Sino–Russian relations were deepening and there was growing talk of autocracies stealing the march on democracies across the world. China’s leaders were proclaiming that ‘time and momentum’ were on China’s side in its great power competition with the United States.

Colombia Suspends Cease-Fire With ELN After Rebel Group Rejects Effort

By Luis Jaime Acosta | Reuters

Colombia called off a cease-fire with the National Liberation Army rebels Wednesday, in an about-face after the left-wing guerrilla group said it had not agreed to halt fighting.

More from WPR: Petro’s Road to ‘Total Peace’ for Colombia Passes Through Venezuela

Bolivia Governor Arrest Stokes Fears of Political Revenge Cycle

By Brendan O'Boyle | Reuters

The arrest of a prominent Bolivian opposition figure has sparked criticism from human rights groups and thrown a spotlight on how both the country’s right and left have used a weak judicial system to go after opponents.

More from WPR: Bolivia’s Census Protests Are Resurfacing Familiar Fault Lines

Peru Police Use Tear Gas to Clear Protests After Machu Picchu Evacuated

Reuters

Police used tear gas to disperse protesters trying to approach Peru’s Congress headquarters Wednesday, as thousands took to the streets two weeks after a wave of deadly protests over the ousting of former President Pedro Castillo.

More from WPR: Peru’s Challenge Runs Deeper Than the Current Crisis

Iran Summons French Envoy Over ‘Insulting’ Cartoons

Reuters

Iran summoned France’s envoy in Tehran on Wednesday to protest against “insulting” cartoons published by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo depicting the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iranian state media reported.

Minister: France Backs Its Burkina Envoy Despite Pressure to Withdraw Him

By John Irish & Tassilo Hummel | Reuters

France continues to back its envoy in Burkina Faso despite a request by the Burkinabe government to replace him amid growing anti-French sentiment likely fueled by Russian mercenaries, Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said Thursday.

Police: Car Bombs Kill 35, Burn Houses in Central Somalia

By Abdi Sheikh | Reuters

Two car bombs detonated by al-Shabab militants in central Somalia on Wednesday killed at least 35 people, including eight members of a single family, and wounded 40 more, a senior police officer said.

Africa CDC Says Uganda’s Ebola Outbreak Is Coming Under Control

Reuters

Africa’s top public health body said Thursday that the Ebola outbreak in Uganda was coming under control, as it had been 39 days since the last confirmed case of the virus had been reported in the country.

Israel’s New Government Proposes Sweeping Powers Over Judiciary

By James Shotter | Financial Times

Israel’s hardline new government has unveiled a contentious plan to give politicians sweeping powers over the country’s judiciary, setting the stage for a bitter battle over the functioning of the Jewish state.

More from WPR: Netanyahu’s New Partners Could Spell Trouble for U.S.-Israel Ties

Syria Opposition Uneasy After Turkish, Syrian Defense Ministers Meet

Reuters

Syria’s political and armed opposition are urging their decade-long backer Turkey to reaffirm its support for their cause after the highest-level talks in public between Ankara and the Damascus government since the Syrian war began in 2011.

Lebanon Charges Seven Suspects in Killing of U.N. Peacekeeper

By Kareem Chehayeb & Abby Sewell | Associated Press (free)

Lebanon’s military tribunal Thursday charged seven suspects in last month’s attack that killed an Irish peacekeeper when a group of armed local residents ambushed his convoy and opened fire, officials said.

Tracked, Detained, Vilified: How China Throttled Anti-COVID Protests

By Cate Cadell & Christian Shepherd | The Washington Post

After widespread demonstrations, China relaxed its strict COVID controls. But on the protesters themselves, the government unleashed a police state brimming with new surveillance technology.

More from WPR: China’s Short-Lived Zero-COVID Protests Could Have a Lasting Impact

North Korean Drone Entered No-Fly Zone Near Seoul’s Presidential Office

By Min Joo Kim | The Washington Post

A North Korean drone entered a no-fly zone surrounding Seoul’s presidential office last week, South Korea’s military said Thursday, in the latest example of the growing military threat from Pyongyang, which has also ramped up missile testing and sent planes near the border.

More from WPR: The North Korean Nuclear Threat Is Creating a Regional Arms Race

Australia to Buy U.S.-Made HIMARS in Boost to Defense Systems

Associated Press (free)

Australia announced Thursday it will boost its defense capabilities by spending more than $700 million on new advanced missile and rocket systems, including U.S.-made HIMARS which have been successfully used by Ukraine’s military.

North Korea’s Kim Purges Ex-Foreign Minister, South Korean Lawmakers Say

By Hyonhee Shin | Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has purged a former foreign minister who played an instrumental role in his summits with former U.S. President Donald Trump in 2018-19, South Korean lawmakers said Thursday, citing intelligence officials.

COVID Testing Rules Do Little More Than Stoke Anti-Asian Hate

By Frankie Huang | The New York Times

The coronavirus knows no nationalities or borders, and treating it as a uniquely Chinese problem not only serves to pathologize Asian people but also fails to protect the American public, whose understanding of how the virus spreads and harms depends on consistent and scientifically rigorous messaging from the government. 

Russia Says Soldiers’ Cellphone Use Led to the Deadly Makiivka Strike

By Victoria Kim | The New York Times

As anger mounts in Russia over one of the deadliest strikes on Moscow’s forces in the war, official blame has fallen on the targeted soldiers themselves, with the suggestion that their cellphone use enabled Ukrainian forces to home in on their location.

More from WPR: Russia Is Recruiting the Afghan Commandos That the U.S. Abandoned

Philippine Leader Emphasizes Economic Ties on Visit to China

Associated Press (free)

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is pushing for closer economic ties on a visit to China that seeks to sidestep territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

U.S. Reopening Visa and Consular Services at Embassy in Cuba

By Megan Janetsky | Associated Press (free)

The United States Embassy in Cuba is reopening visa and consular services Wednesday, the first time it has done so since a spate of unexplained health incidents among diplomatic staff in 2017 slashed the American presence in Havana.

More from WPR: Biden Finally Realized He Can’t Ignore Cuba Any Longer

Biden to Host Japan’s Kishida for Talks on North Korea, Economy

Associated Press (free)

President Joe Biden will host Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House later this month for economic and security consultations, the U.S. administration announced Tuesday.

More from WPR: The U.S.-Japan Partnership Is Healthy, but Has a Long To-Do List

Brazil to Reopen Probe of George Santos in 2008 Checkbook Fraud Case

By Gabriela Sá Pessoa, Niha Masih & Claire Parker | The Washington Post

Authorities in Brazil are seeking to reinstate a 15-year-old fraud charge against George Santos, the latest controversy to hit the New York Republican, who was due to be sworn in to Congress on Tuesday.

Argentina President Seeks Impeachment of Supreme Court Chief

Al Jazeera & Reuters (free)

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez has said he will seek the impeachment of the country’s Supreme Court chief for “repeatedly engaging in conduct” that constitutes “poor performance of his duties.”

ELN Rebel Group Denies Cease-Fire With Colombian Government

Al Jazeera (free)

A leftist rebel group in Colombia, the National Liberation Army, says it is not part of a cease-fire with the government that had been announced by the president.

More from WPR: Petro’s Road to ‘Total Peace’ for Colombia Passes Through Venezuela

Mexico’s Supreme Court Elects First Female President

Al Jazeera (free)

Mexico’s Supreme Court has elected a female president to lead the nation’s highest judicial body for the first time.

Latin America, Alone in a Distracted World

By Mauricio Cárdenas | Americas Quarterly (free)

The region has more autonomy than any point in recent memory. That brings opportunities and challenges.

EU Set to Demand Pre-Departure COVID Testing for Travelers From China

By Andy Bounds & Henry Foy | Financial Times (free)

The EU is expected to impose pre-departure COVID-19 tests on travelers from China within days to try to prevent a surge in infections in that country spreading to Europe.

More from WPR: China’s Short-Lived Zero-COVID Protests Could Have a Lasting Impact

First Tanker Carrying LNG From U.S. Arrives in Germany

Associated Press (free)

The first regular shipment of liquefied natural gas from the United States arrived in Germany on Tuesday, part of a wide-reaching effort to help the country replace energy supplies it previously received from Russia.

More from WPR: Europe’s Energy Partnership With the U.S. May Not Last

Tanzania’s President Hassan Ends Six-Year Ban on Opposition Rallies

Al Jazeera (free)

Tanzania’s president Samia Suluhu Hassan has lifted a ban on opposition rallies imposed in 2016 by her strongman predecessor, in an overture to political rivals seeking the restoration of democratic traditions.

More from WPR: Hopes Fade in Tanzania for Greater Press Freedom Under Hassan

Burkina Faso Officials Say 28 People Found Shot Dead

Al Jazeera (free)

Twenty-eight bodies have been found in northwest Burkina Faso over the weekend, the government said, noting an investigation was under way as speculation grows over who may be responsible.

Twin Bombings Targeting Somalia’s Military Kill at Least 10

By Omar Faruk | Associated Press (free)

Police in Somalia say two suicide car bombers killed at least 10 people early Wednesday when they targeted a military facility in a region at the heart of the government’s offensive against al-Shabab extremists.

Religious Dissent in Israel at Ben-Gvir’s Al Aqsa Compound Visit

By Dan Williams | Reuters

Leading ultra-Orthodox Jewish figures supporting Israel’s coalition government Wednesday criticized a visit by a far-right minister to a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem, adding internal religious dissent to a cascade of foreign censure.

More from WPR: Netanyahu’s New Partners Could Spell Trouble for U.S.-Israel Ties

Rockets Hit U.S. Base in East Syria Without Causing Losses

Associated Press (free)

Two rockets struck a base housing American troops in eastern Syria on Wednesday without causing any human or material losses, the U.S. military said.

Philippines Seeks to Cleanse Police Force of Drug Ties

Associated Press (free)

The Philippines’ interior secretary announced Wednesday he has asked all police generals and full colonels to submit their courtesy resignation to clean the ranks of ties to illegal drugs.

More from WPR: In a Surprise, Marcos Is Turning the Page on the Philippines’ Duterte Era

Myanmar Junta to Free More Than 7,000 Prisoners Under Amnesty

Reuters

Myanmar’s military government will release 7,012 prisoners under an amnesty to mark the country’s independence day, state broadcaster MRTV reported Wednesday, as the junta chief praised some countries for maintaining support for his nation.

More from WPR: As Myanmar’s Crisis Gets Bloodier, the World Still Looks Away

Lula Sworn In as Brazil’s President; Bolsonaro Skips Inauguration

By Gabriela Sá Pessoa & Samantha Schmidt | The Washington Post

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the former Brazilian president and stalwart of the Latin American left, was sworn in Sunday to the office he first held two decades ago, taking the helm of a polarized nation with promises to save the Amazon rainforest and preserve democracy.

More from WPR: Now Lula Has to Prove His Pro-Democracy Credentials Outside Brazil

Dozens of Russian Soldiers Killed in Massive Donetsk Missile Strike

By Francesca Ebel | The Washington Post

Dozens of Russian soldiers were killed in a massive missile strike early on New Year’s Day in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, Moscow said, marking what could be one of the deadliest attacks on Russian forces since the start of the invasion.

South Korea Says Talks Under Way Over U.S. Nuclear Operations Planning

By Hyonhee Shin & Trevor Hunnicutt | Reuters

South Korea and the United States are discussing joint planning and implementation of U.S. nuclear operations to counter North Korea, Seoul’s presidential office said Tuesday, although U.S. President Joe Biden said there would be no joint nuclear exercises.

More from WPR: The North Korean Nuclear Threat Is Creating a Regional Arms Race

U.S. Cuts Off Burkina Faso From Africa Duty-Free Trade Program

Reuters

The United States has dropped Burkina Faso from its AGOA trade preference program citing deep concerns over “unconstitutional change” in government in the West African country, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said Sunday.

In Romania, U.S. Troops Train Close to Russia’s War, in Signal to Moscow

By Lara Jakes | The New York Times

The soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division train, eat and sleep on a drab, sprawling post in southeast Romania, a mere seven-minute rocket flight from where Russia has stockpiled munitions in Crimea.

Bolivia Farm Region Blocks Borders, Grain Transport as Protests Lead to Clashes

By Adam Jourdan & Daniel Ramos | Reuters

Protesters in Bolivia's farming region of Santa Cruz are blocking highways out of the province, threatening to snarl the domestic transport of grains and food, as anger simmers following the arrest of local governor Luis Camacho.

More from WPR: Bolivia’s Census Protests Are Resurfacing Familiar Fault Lines

Venezuela’s Opposition Dissolves Guaido-Led ‘Interim Government’

By Ana Vanessa Herrero, Samantha Schmidt & Karen DeYoung | The Washington Post

At the start of 2019, as President Nicolas Maduro was claiming reelection in a vote widely condemned as fraudulent, the head of the country’s legislature stood before an electric crowd of thousands in John Paul II Plaza here in the Venezuelan capital and presented himself as the country’s rightful leader.

More from WPR: Elections Are Still the Best Hope for Venezuela’s Opposition

Gang Leader Freed in Mexico Prison Attack That Killed 17

Associated Press (free)

Mexican authorities Monday raised the death toll from an attack on a state prison in Ciudad Juarez across the border from El Paso, Texas to 17, a brazen operation that appeared designed to free the leader of a local gang.

Belgian Prosecutors Seek to Lift Immunity of Two More MEPs in Corruption Probe

By Andy Bounds | Financial Times

Belgian prosecutors have asked the European parliament to lift the legal immunity of another two of its members as the Qatargate corruption scandal continues to spread.

More from WPR: The EU Parliament’s Qatar-gate Scandal Doesn’t Make Sense—Yet

Protests Near German Village Vacated to Expand Coal Mine

Associated Press (free)

Scuffles broke out on Monday outside a village in western Germany that is to be razed to allow the expansion of a coal mine, a plan that is drawing resistance from climate activists.

Burkina Faso’s Military Regime Expels French Ambassador

By Sam Mednick | Associated Press (free)

Burkina Faso’s military junta has expelled France’s ambassador, authorities said Monday, amid a surge in anti-French sentiment as the West African country moves to develop closer ties with Russia.

More from WPR: A ‘Coup Within a Coup’ Leaves Burkina Faso in Uncharted Territory

At Least 20 People Killed in Clashes in Somaliland

By Abdiqani Hassani | Reuters

At least 20 people have been killed in Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland in clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces over several days, according to a doctor at a public hospital.

Botswana Issues Arrest Warrant for Ex-President Ian Khama

By Sello Motseta | Associated Press (free)

An arrest warrant has been issued in Botswana for former President Ian Khama on a charge of illegal possession of firearms.

Extreme-Right Israeli Minister Visits al-Aqsa Mosque Compound

By Ben Lynfield | The Guardian

The extreme-right Israeli firebrand Itamar Ben-Gvir has visited Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound for the first time since becoming a minister, his spokesperson has said, angering Palestinians, who see the visit as a provocation.

More from WPR: Netanyahu’s New Partners Could Spell Trouble for U.S.-Israel Ties

Israeli Army Kills Two Palestinians in West Bank Confrontation

Associated Press (free)

Israeli forces killed two Palestinians, including a man claimed by an armed group as a member, during a confrontation that erupted early Monday when troops entered a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials said.

Dubai Suspends Alcohol Tax as Regional Competition Heats Up

By Vivian Nereim | The New York Times

Dubai started the new year by suspending its 30 percent tax on alcohol, a move that could help the Gulf emirate attract more tourists and businesses amid growing regional competition.

Israeli Missile Strikes Put Damascus Airport Out of Service

By Albert Aji & Bassem Mroue | Associated Press (free)

Israel’s military fired missiles toward the international airport of Syria’s capital early Monday, putting it out of service and killing two soldiers and wounding two others, the Syrian army said.

Philippines’ Marcos Jr. Heads to China Amid Sea Disputes

Associated Press (free)

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. flew to China on Tuesday for a three-day state visit, saying he looks forward to his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping as they work to boost bilateral ties.

North Korea’s Kim Sacks No. 2 Military Official

By Hyonhee Shin | Reuters

North Korea has sacked Pak Jong Chon, the second most powerful military official after leader Kim Jong Un, state media reported.

Police: Two Kids Among Six People Die in Kashmir Village Attack

Associated Press (free)

Two children were killed and five other civilians wounded in a blast in a village in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday, a day after assailants sprayed bullets toward a row of homes, leaving at least four dead, police said.

Japan Says It Scrambled Jets to Monitor Chinese Aircraft Carrier Operations

Reuters

Japan said Monday it scrambled jet fighters and dispatched aircraft and warships over the past two weeks to keep tabs on China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier and five warships that conducted naval maneuvers and flight operations in the Pacific.

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