Asia

Japan Sets Out New Defense Strategy

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Japan’s cabinet has approved a new national security strategy and increased defense spending in a move widely seen as aimed at China. Over the next five years, Japan will buy hardware including drones, aircraft and amphibious vehicles. The military will also build a new marine unit, an amphibious force capable of retaking islands. The move comes with Tokyo embroiled in a bitter row with B...

UN Seeks $6.5 Billion for Syria Crisis in 2014

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The United Nations appealed for a record $6.5 billion for Syria and its neighbors on Monday to help 16 million people, many of them hungry or homeless victims of a conflict that has lasted 33 months with no end in sight. The Syrian appeal accounted for half of an overall funding plan of $12.9 billion for 2014 to help 52 million people in 17 countries, announced by UN emergency relief coordinator ...

China, Russia Conduct Joint Naval Drill

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China and Russia are beginning joint naval drills which Beijing has described as the country’s largest with a foreign partner. The drills, which are taking place in the Sea of Japan, last from 5-12 July. People’s Liberation Army chief Gen Fang Fenghui said on Tuesday the drills did not “target any third parties”, but aimed to deepen ties with Russia. However they come amid tensions with...

Bangladeshi Ship Sinks off Phuket; 11 Crew Missing

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A Bangladeshi flag carrier vessel ‘MV Hope’ went missing in the early hours of Thursday when storm hit it near coastal area of Thailand. The Royal Thai Navy rescued so far six Bangladeshi crews out of 17 while 11 others were still missing. MV Hope, the ship in distress, was heading for Bangladesh’s port of Chittagong when it capsized 32 kilometers off Racha Noi island near Phuket. Due ...