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