In July, Vietnam had to suspend an oil and gas exploration project conducted by Spain's Repsol company, under apparent pressure from China. The agreement came at a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi.
Rodrigo Duterte has said he stabbed a person to death as a teenager, in remarks that will stoke further controversy around the Philippine president days before he is due to host Asian leaders and his USA counterpart Donald Trump at a Manila summit.
JPSS is a system of polar-orbiting satellites to be developed by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for weather forecasting, storm tracking and climate monitoring. JPSS-1 will allow researchers to monitor changes in the atmosphere in Africa that could cause a hurricane off the coast of Florida, for example. Each will circle the globe 14 times a day, 50 minutes apart and provide full, global observations for USA weather prediction.
Nevertheless, discussions are well under underway as to how same-sex marriage might be legislated. And versions of this marriage equaity bill include so-called religious freedom exemptions that attack LGBT rights, reports Al Jazeera . Cormann said thought the Smith bill was "a good starting position" but thought it would need improvement to "strengthen religious protections". Ultimately it was up to parliament to decide which bill was the "vehicle to facilitate" the parliamentary debate.
But in the more isolated and worst-hit Sunni localities, Sunni charities-including those of Islah and Dawa Group, an Iranian Islamist group close to the Muslim Brotherhood-were said to have arrived on the scene first with tents and water. For more on these we turn to our Ro Aram... Thousands of homes were destroyed in the quake, which rocked a region spanning Iran's western province of Kermanshah and neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan.
The announcement came at the heels of a morning-long House hearing on sexual harassment where some members of Congress brought up concerns about sexual harassment in the legislative branch and reviewed the institutions in place for reporting and addressing such behavior.