{FD} Japan imposes new sanctions on North Korea

Japan has announced it is freezing the assets of 19 companies to step up pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons and missile development.

{FD} Vladimir Putin was stunt man in 1970s movies, report says

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen doing so many “manly things” extensive photo galleries exist online devoted to pics of Putin practicing Judo, hunting (shirtless), riding a horse (shirtless), flying in a motorized hang glider, examining a shipwreck in a submersible and taming tigers and polar bears.

{FD} Italy’s 2017 Nativity scenes feature Trump, Kim _ and Jedis

Naples’ Christmas artisans are at it again, turning figures from current events into ceramic characters to decorate miniature Nativity scenes that take over Italian living rooms this time of year.

{FD} Pakistan asks 21 foreign aid groups to close shop, leave

Two senior Pakistani security officials say that authorities have asked 21 foreign aid groups to wrap up their activities and prepare to leave Pakistan after they failed to re-register under a regulation introduced two years ago.

{FD} Space capsule with 3 astronauts returns to Earth

Three astronauts have landed back on Earth after nearly six months aboard the International Space Station.

{FD} Indian security forces kill 8 Maoist rebels

Indian police say they have killed at least eight Maoist rebels in fighting in southern India.

{FD} UN investigators plans to review N. Korean abduction claims

The United Nations’ independent investigator on human rights in North Korea says he plans to investigate North Korean claims that South Korea abducted 12 North Korean women.

{FD} Aid group: At least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar

International aid group Doctors Without Borders said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar’s security forces.

{FD} UN chief says sanctions key to denuclearize North Korea

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that unified efforts to fully implement sanctions on North Korea are key to resolve the country’s growing missile and nuclear threat.

{FD} North Korea tops agenda as leaders of South Korea, China meet

South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Beijing Wednesday for a four-day state visit and will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, the Korean Herald reported.

{FD} South Korean President Moon in China on visit to repair ties

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is visiting Beijing on a mission to repair ties frayed by a dispute over the deployment of an anti-missile system.

{FD} China reacts to Fed rate hike by nudging up key policy rate

China’s central bank has responded to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s interest rate increase by nudging up a key policy rate on lending to commercial banks but left the benchmark rate for borrowing by companies and the public unchanged.

{FD} Top Indonesia court rejects attempt to criminalize gay sex

Indonesia’s top court has ruled against petitioners seeking to make gay sex and sex outside marriage illegal.

{FD} Venezuela quickly resolves financial dispute with China

Venezuela’s cash-strapped government has quickly settled a lawsuit filed by a state-run Chinese company, making good on an unpaid bill and appeasing an important ally that holds billions in the South American country’s debt.

{FD} India’s Modi duels with his predecessor amid local election

Against the backdrop of a bitterly fought local election, India is witnessing the unusual spectacle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi locked in a bitter verbal duel with his predecessor and accusing the opposition of holding secret meetings with Pakistani officials to impact the vote.

{FD} Okinawa boy injured after window falls off Marine chopper

A boy was injured in Okinawa Wednesday when a metal window frame fell from a U.S. military helicopter known as a Super Stallion, Japanese officials said — the second such incident in the past week on the southern island.

{FD} Indian ‘happiness minister’ sought for murder, police say

A manhunt is underway for India’s so-called “happiness minister” — who vanished after his arrest was ordered in the 2009 death of an opposition politician, according to local reports.

{FD} China’s DNA database in Xinjiang is in ‘gross violation’ of global norms, rights group says

China is collecting DNA and other biometric data from the population in western Xinjiang in a “gross violation” of global norms, Human Right Watch said Wednesday

{FD} Zimbabwe seizes $500,000 worth of ivory on way to Malaysia

Zimbabwe’s parks agency says it has seized 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of ivory destined for Malaysia.

{FD} Muslim leaders attending Istanbul summit on Jerusalem

Leaders of the Muslim world gathered at an extraordinary summit in Turkey on Wednesday to coordinate a “unified action” against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.