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Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has approved the deployment of Japanese Self-Defense Forces to the Gulf of Oman and the Bab el-Mandeb strait to help augment U.S. efforts to secure shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, The Japan Times reported Dec. 13.
Outbreaks of Ebola have spiked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's northeastern regions after militant attacks and protests disrupted the World Health Organization's operations, Reuters reported Dec. 13.
Escalating violence risks forcing France and its allies to rethink their counterterrorism efforts in the vast African warzone, as the question of whether foreign involvement can even improve the crumbling situation looms ever larger.
Ahmet Davutoglu, a former Turkish prime minister and erstwhile ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has filed an application with the Interior Ministry to form a new political party, Reuters reported Dec. 12.
South Korea is reportedly offering to purchase up to $1 billion in U.S. weapons systems by the end of 2020 as part of ongoing military cost-sharing talks with the United States, The Korea Times reported Dec. 12, citing anonymous South Korean officials.
As the country prepares to hold its third election in under a year, Israeli leaders and voters will have another shot at forming a government. The question is who among them will finally break the impasse, and why.
Moon Hee Sang, the speaker of South Korea's National Assembly, will submit a proposal to lawmakers this week to establish a foundation to compensate the victims of Japanese wartime forced labor, Hankyoreh reported Dec. 11.
Voters in Papua New Guinea's region of Bougainville in the Solomon Island chain voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from the country in a non-binding referendum between Nov. 23 and Dec. 7, according to an official Dec. 11 announcement, the BBC reported.
The United Nations was unable to find corroborating evidence linking Iran to a cruise missile attack on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq and Khurais oil processing complexes in September, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his semi-annual report, Bloomberg reported Dec. 10.