North Korea Fires Projectile; Malaysia Foils ISIS Attack; Abe Closer to Third Term Run; China Cruises in Disputed Waters

North Korea Fires Projectile; Malaysia Foils ISIS Attack; Abe Closer to Third Term Run; China Cruises in Disputed Waters
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North Korea:

North Korea has fired a projectile into the Sea of Japan, which is also known as the East Sea, according to a South Korean Defense Ministry official. - CNN

Malaysia:

Malaysian police said Sunday that an Islamic State car bomb plot has been foiled with seven suspects arrested. – Kyodo News via Bangkok Post

Japan:

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sunday rubber-stamped an internal rule change to extend the maximum tenure of its president from the current six years to nine, paving the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to run for a third term that would last through 2021. – Japan Times

China:

A new Chinese cruise ship has embarked on its maiden voyage to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday, the latest effort by Beijing to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway. – Reuters

China, Hong Kong:

Xi Jinping likely to preside over a military parade in Hong Kong handover anniversary. – South China Morning Post.

Philippines, U.S.:

While Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte praises US President Donald Trump for not "interfering" in his drug war, the US State Department has taken note of the killings of thousands in Duterte's anti-drug campaign. – Rappler

Indonesia:

More than a thousand people participated in the Women's March Jakarta on Saturday (04/03) to demand equality for women and minority groups. – Jakarta Globe

Cambodia:

Kem Ley murder video raises more suspicions. – The Cambodia Daily

India:

The Indian Navy has successfully conducted the first test-firing of an anti-ship missile from its lead Kalvari (Scorpène)-class submarine, the country's defense ministry announced on 2 March. - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

India has run out of a life-saving HIV drug for children – The Hindu

Taiwan:

Facebook's accelerator program is launching soon in Taiwan. – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen via Twitter

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