Japan mulls sending navy vessels to Chinese fleet review

The Japanese government is considering sending Maritime Self-Defence Force vessels to the Chinese navy’s fleet review next April, as the two countries are looking to facilitate defence exchanges amid thawing diplomatic ties, a source familiar with bilateral ties said on Tuesday. It would be the first visit to China by MSDF ships since December 2011. […]

Iranian president presents budget, says U.S. sanctions to hit growth

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday presented a $47 billion state budget with increased spending on lower income groups, saying U.S. sanctions would affect people’s lives and economic growth but not bring the government to its knees. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-budget/iranian-president-presents-budget-says-u-s-sanctions-to-hit-growth-idUSKCN1OO08E?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Indonesia tsunami survivors hold vigil at Christmas mass

It was a solemn Christmas for the congregation in Indonesia’s Carita, a seaside town left reeling from the tsunami that has killed over 400 people and devastated the western coast of Java, as many churchgoers have fled the area for fear of further disasters. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-tsunami-church/indonesia-tsunami-survivors-hold-vigil-at-christmas-mass-idUSKCN1OO0LN?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Masked youths attack Bangladeshi journalists covering election campaign

Around two dozen masked youths attacked a group of Bangladeshi reporters with hockey sticks and batons, injuring about 10 of them, when they were resting at a hotel after covering an election rally, the journalists said on Tuesday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bangladesh-election-journalists/masked-youths-attack-bangladeshi-journalists-covering-election-campaign-idUSKCN1OO0ME?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

THE COMMITTEES: Setting out to ‘transform the world’ in the General Assembly’s Second Committee

How is the UN tackling its most ambitious and far-reaching project: the 2030 Agenda to “transform the world”? This is the mammoth responsibility of the UN’s General Assembly’s Second Committee – the body which deals with “economic and financial matters”. Here is the second in our series on what happens at the UN when the world leaders have […]

Brief History of the Royal Family

Brief History of the Royal Family The Royal Family from 1066 until today. Discuss this video: https://ift.tt/1Ocad61 Research help from: Dr. Carolyn Harris, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, author of “Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada” https://ift.tt/1FxfJck and “Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe” & Dr. Arianne Chernock, Boston University (https://ift.tt/1XJMM8g) […]

China releases nationwide ‘negative list’ in show of openness, but will it make any difference?

Beijing on Tuesday sought to demonstrate its willingness to open up its markets with the publication of its first unified “negative list” of the business sectors that are off limits to foreign, and in some cases domestic, investors. China’s top economic planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which compiled the document in […]

10 Christmas Day Reads

My Xmas day reads: • Apollo 8’s Earthrise: The Shot Seen Round the World (New York Times) • How to not let Brexit ruin your family Christmas (Telegraph) see also How to Talk to a Fox News Viewer at Thanksgiving (TBP) • The economics of wasteful spending: The deadweight loss of Christmas (PBS) • PNC Christmas Price Index: Calculating the prices of… […]

Malawi: Malawi ‘Asset Stripping’ – Ministry’s Auction of Vehicles Scandal in the Spotlight

[Nyasa Times] Secretary for Health Dan Namalika and other officials have bought cars from their ministry in a public auction which Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe has described as illegal and observers call asset stripping. source https://allafrica.com/stories/201812240693.html

Congo-Kinshasa: Security Council Press Statement On the Postponement of the Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo

[Monusco] The members of the Security Council took note of the decision by the National Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo (CENI) to delay until 30 December the Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial elections previously scheduled for 23 December. source https://allafrica.com/stories/201812240690.html