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Japan approves new defense guidelines amid controversies, opposition

Japan on Tuesday approved new defense guidelines, part of which includes the controversial upgrading and deployment of aircraft carriers in a move unprecedented since the end of World War II.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/19 2:27:05

Foreigners' contributions recognized

China's 40 years of reform and opening-up has improved the lives of billions of people in the country, and also influenced the world. The achievements were not only made by diligent Chinese people, but numerous foreigners also contributed their fair share. On Tuesday, 10 foreigners were honored with China Reform Friendship Medals at a grand gathering to celebrate the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/18 23:08:39

Japan should drop Cold War mentality: FM

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying called on Japan to drop its old-fashioned mentality toward China's defense after Tokyo stipulated a massive increase in the defense budget for the next five years, citing "concerns over China."
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/18 22:33:41

Airport poison trial suspended over witness statements

The trial of an Indonesian woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother was put on hold Tuesday due to a row over witness statements.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/18 21:23:41

S.Korea to boost manufacturing industry in 2019 with gov't support

South Korea planned to boost its manufacturing industry next year through government support in research and development (R&D), with an aim to raise the added value created in the sector to the level of Germany by 2030.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/18 18:31:11

3 students found dead, 7 injured at pension in northeastern S.Korea

Three high school students were found dead, with seven others injured on Tuesday afternoon at a pension in northeastern South Korea, local media reported citing police and firefighters.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/18 18:29:24

Australian gov't plans 6.6 bln USD in tax cuts ahead of 2019 election

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is preparing to unveil 9.2 billion Australian dollars (6.6 billion US dollars) in tax cuts in the lead-up to the 2019 general election.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/18 10:37:28

NK says US blocking 'path'

North Korea condemned the US over its latest sanctions measures, warning Washington's approach could "block the path to denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula forever."
Source: AFP | 2018/12/17 21:13:40

Cuddly cub

A Japanese worker holds a giant panda cub named “Saihin” on Monday at the Adventure World in Shirahama, Japan. The female panda was born weighing just 75 grams in August this year, and now weighs more than 6 kilograms . More than 120,000 suggestions for Saihin's name were received from the public. Visitors can see Saihin with her mother every day from 10 am to 3 pm.
Source: IC | 2018/12/17 21:08:39

Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman, ex-bankers in 1MDB probe

Malaysia said on Monday it has filed criminal charges at home against Goldman Sachs and two of the US bank's former employees in connection with a corruption and money laundering probe at state fund 1MDB.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/17 20:58:39

Lion Air to resume search for victims of plane crash

Lion Air announced Monday it was funding a multimillion dollar search effort using a Dutch company for the second black box and missing victims from doomed flight JT-610.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/17 20:48:40

Gay Singaporean wins right to adopt son through surrogate

A gay Singaporean man Monday won the right to adopt a child he fathered via a surrogate in the United States, in a landmark court ruling for the conservative city-state.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/17 20:48:39

Japan probes cause of Sapporo blast

Japanese police were investigating Monday the cause of a powerful blast that ripped through a restaurant in the country's north overnight, injuring 42 people and damaging surrounding buildings.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/17 20:38:39

Proud moment

Catriona Gray of the Philippines reacts as she is crowned Miss Universe 2018 by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, on Monday in Bangkok, Thailand. Gray, 24, bested 93 contestants in the glittering televised event hosted by American comic-turned-TV host Steve Harvey and super model Ashley Graham.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/17 20:33:39

LMC identifies six development directions: Chinese FM

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Monday that the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) countries have identified six directions of development for future cooperation.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/17 19:25:29

S. Korea confirms disablement of 11 DPRK guard posts in border

South Korea's military on Monday confirmed the disablement of 11 guard posts of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) after the on-site verification works last week.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/17 19:18:10

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation countries voice support for open world economy, multilateral trading system

The ministers from the six Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) countries underlined on Monday the vital need of maintaining an open world economy and upholding the rules-based multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization at its core.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/17 19:16:24

DPRK's top leader pays homage to father and grandfather

Kim Jong Un,top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the country's national memorial day, the Korean Central News Agency reported Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/17 18:04:37