Chinese navy conducts maneuvers in Sea of Japan: Describing recent naval drills in the Sea of Japan, a greater distance than those exercises conducted in the past, Beijing stated that the maneuvers were within the realm of international law.
Chinese state media called the drills “maritime confrontation drills.”
The exercises follow several infringements by Chinese naval vessels and hundreds of Chinese fishing boats near Japanese waters, infringements Tokyo described as provocative.
London mayor urges Labour leader to step down: Under fire for his turbulent leadership of Labour and reeling from local election losses in May, London Mayor Sadiq Khan penned an opinion in The Observer calling on Labour Party members to abandon leader Jeremy Corbyn in favor of Owen Smith.
Writing Corbyn has overseen electoral disaster, delivered an unclear message on Brexit and mentioning Corbyn’s ineffective leadership, Khan specifically cited a solid majority of Labour MPs have expressed a loss of confidence in the current Labour leader.
Mr. Khan concluded his opinion by officially endorsing Smith to take the position.
Afghani forces drive Taliban from Kunduz district: Turning back a Taliban offensive which has gained ground since 2014, Afghan security forces re-took Khanabad district in Kunduz.
Reports, however, conflicted with Taliban claims their forces had captured Khanabad hours previous to Afghan claims Kabul had control of the district.
The area has changed hands several times in the past two years. In September of 2015, the Taliban controlled the area briefly, but long enough to free 150 insurgents from a Kunduz prison.
Child bomber kills 54 in Turkey: A Saturday suicide bombing carried out by a child bomber which killed 54 people at a Kurdish wedding in southern Turkey is being blamed on the Islamic State.
It is widely believed the suicide bomber was a 12 to 14-year-old child.
Responding to the attack on Monday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu vowed to “cleanse” ISIS from Turkey.
Philippine leader threatens to withdraw from UN: Responding to UN condemnations over his fierce anti-drug campaign, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his desire to withdraw from the UN and his willingness to form a new regional organization with China as a fellow member.
Over 900 suspected drug traffickers have been killed by Philippine forces since May.
Criticizing the UN, Duterte suggested the global intergovernmental organizational was less concerned with victims of drug traffickers’ victims and more concerned with the rights of criminals.
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