Monday, May 21, 2018
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Japanese official rejects China's claim over islands

Japan

Official rejects China's claim over islands

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday refused to recognize China's newly claimed air defense zone over disputed islands. China's declaration of an "air-defense identification zone" that would give it the right to possibly take military action against aircraft near the islands, which are administered by Japan but claimed by China. China's announcement appeared to be the latest step in what has been called a Chinese strategy to chip away at Japan's control of the uninhabited islands. Japan has long maintained a similar air-defense zone over them. A Chinese National Defense Ministry spokesman accused Japan of using its defense zone to harass Chinese military planes.

Ukraine

Thousands protest halt to EU accords

About 50,000 people marched through downtown Kiev on Sunday to protest the Ukraine government's decision to abandon far-reaching political and free trade agreements with the European Union and instead focus on improving economic ties with Russia. The protest was the biggest Ukraine has seen since the peaceful 2004 Orange Revolution, which overturned a fraudulent presidential election result and brought a Western-leaning government to power.

Elsewhere

Seattle: Money, star power and Hollywood awaited President Barack Obama on a West Coast swing featuring a bit of official business, but mostly fundraising for the Democratic Party. Obama arrived Sunday in Seattle and also planned stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles, raising money for House and Senate Democrats as well as the national party.

Honduras: Voters cast ballots for a new president Sunday in a country reeling from violence and poverty, and the ruling conservative party candidate took the lead in early vote counting.

Egypt: Egypt on Sunday enacted tough new restrictions on public demonstrations that free-speech advocates said will suppress protests against the military-imposed government.

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