Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces tough questions and Philippine commandos strike it big in a raid on Mindinao. Plus Australia prepares to increase troop deployment to combat Daesh and North Korea looks to fire a medium range missile.
Japanese Prime Minister Faces Questions Over Contributions
Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister now finds himself the subject of questions, after it becomes evident that some of his political contributions have come from companies that have received government subsidies. Thrice before, members of his cabinet have had to step down due to scandals, will this sink the premier’s approval rating below 50 percent?
Armed Forces Philippines Snares Bomb Factory
After a botched military raid in Mindinao this past January, Armed Forces Philippines partnered with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to route bases held by rival Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). The result this time was a success, snaring Aquino a much needed win.
Australia Prepares to Send More Troops to Fight Daesh (Islamic State)
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced he will send an additional 300 troops to Iraq, part of a joint mission with New Zealand to help train local forces to combat Daesh (Islamic State). The Premier says that doing so is in the country’s best interest.
North Korea May Soon Fire Medium Range Missiles
With new military drill launched by the US and South Korea, the DPRK announced that hopes of a resumption of inter-Korean dialog have been dashed. This comes as South Korean military officials say they see signs of a possible medium range missile launch the first in two years.
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