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Japanese warship takes ASEAN guests on cruise of South China Sea but stops short of ‘9-dash line’

Japan's largest warship steamed into the South China Sea this week in defiance of Chinese assertiveness, with Asian military guests on board to witness helicopters looping over the tropical waters and gunners blasting target buoys.

U.S. to drop Iraq, Myanmar as worst offenders on child soldiers

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, U.S. officials said, a step that could prompt accusations the Trump administration is prioritizing security and diplomatic interests ahead of human rights.

Bomber targeting Mecca’s Grand Mosque blows himself up after being cornered – ministry

Saudi security forces on Friday foiled a suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, cornering the would-be attacker in an apartment, where he blew himself up, the Interior Ministry said.

Abused kids find little comfort in Japan’s shelters

Every year, more than 20,000 abused, delinquent, developmentally challenged or otherwise troubled Japanese children needing emergency housing pass through a system of shelters.

German boy probed for shooting toy gun at Thai king

German prosecutors said on Wednesday they were investigating a 14-year-old boy suspected of shooting plastic bullets from a toy gun at the King of Thailand who was cycling near Munich late one evening earlier this month. The king was not hurt.

Islamic State blows up Mosul mosque where it declared ‘caliphate’ – Iraqi military

Islamic State militants blew up on Wednesday the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, an Iraqi military statement said, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site.
(UPDATE - 8:18 a.m.) Belgian troops shot dead a suspected suicide bomber in Brussels' central train station on Tuesday but there were no other casualties, in what authorities were treating as the latest terrorist incident in Europe.

Many Filipinos among illegal aliens who ‘disappeared’ after London tower fire: report

A "whole load of Filipinos" are among the undocumented migrants who have not been since since the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze in London, and may either have "deliberately disappeared" for fear of immigration authorities, or died in the tragic fire, according to a report in the web site of the UK's Independent.

Singapore eyes new laws to combat fake news

Singapore is looking to join a team of nations trying to curb the spread of false information across social media through new legislation.

US Coast Guard questions Filipino crew of merchant ship that collided with US Navy destroyer in Japan

The United States Coast Guard was set on Tuesday to start interviewing the crew of a Philippines-flagged container ship which collided with a US warship in Japanese waters, killing seven American sailors.

Indonesia launches sea patrols with PH, Malaysia in bid to tighten security vs terrorists, pirates

Warships from Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia held maneuvers on Monday in waters plagued by insurgency and banditry off north Borneo, launching coordinated patrols in a region where Islamic State influence is growing.

ASEAN officers tour South China Sea on board Japan’s helicopter carrier

Southeast Asian military officers have embarked on a four-day tour of the South China Sea on the Japanese navy's Izumo helicopter carrier in the latest sign Japan is stepping up efforts to counter growing Chinese influence.

Several injured in London after reports of vehicle ramming pedestrians – police

Several people were injured in north London early on Monday after reports that a vehicle rammed into pedestrians, British police said.