Asia, Middle East, U. S. News briefs to be read in two minutes or less.
- China calls for joint cooperation in South Sea surveillance patrols.
- Japan loans Philippines military ships for South China Sea patrols.
- North Korea tests new improved rocket engine.
- Iran sanctions 15 international and U. S. corporations.
- London knife attacker had no connection to ISIS. (Police)
- Russian naval commander says U. S. military ships in Black Sea pose threat.
- Putin jails dissident leader Navalny after Moscow demonstrations.
- Anti-corruption demonstrations spread over several Russian cities.
- U. S. backed fighters battle to take towns near Raqqa, Syria.
- Saudi ARAMCO IPO sweetened by national tax reduction.
- U. S. stocks mixed on hopes of tax breaks after health care failure.
- U. S. vows to end ‘Israel Bashing’ in United Nations.
- U. S. Senate nears approval for Montenegro to join NATO.
- U. S. Senate to question Trump’s son-in-law over Russia connections.
- President Trump promises to equip U. S. military to ‘Win.”
- Cyclone Debbie makes landfall at north east Australia, 30,000 evacuated.
- Bali, Indonesia airport closed due to day of Hindu silence.
(News gleaned mainly from Network News Asia and BBC)
All the best.