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World Today: 2016-09-16

Japanese forces to sail with US Navy in South China Sea. 'Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said her country is prepared to increase its engagement in the South China Sea, including having its Maritime Self-Defense Forces join in training cruises with the U.S. Navy and with those of other nations, Reuters reported Sept. 15. Joint Japanese patrols with the U.S. military in the contested waters, which Beijing previously had termed a "red line," would greatly complicate China's strategy for the region. ...'

Wing flap identified as MH370. 'The outboard wing flap was found on Pemba Island, off the coast of Tanzania. According to Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, the wing flap will undergo further examination, in an attempt to discover what caused the plane to disappear.'

Stratfor on East Africa Union. 'The physical and human landscapes blanketing Africa's Great Lakes region are powerful forces that pull the surrounding states closer to one another. The ethnic and tribal groups that settled around Lake Victoria, many of which speak similar languages, overlap and intermingle in spite of the national boundaries that separate them. That many of the region's political borders were drawn arbitrarily — often the result of grand bargains between imperial European powers — has only reinforced the Great Lakes states' need to work together to transcend them.' The EAC countries, located in the Lake Victoria region, now number six, with the recent accession of South Sudan. Full article at the link (free with registration).

CFR: US policy bars Christian refugees. 'Somewhere between a half million and a million Syrian Christians have fled Syria, and the United States has accepted 56. Why?'
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