Japan and the US will sign a new pact next week allowing Japanese officials to enter U.S. military bases to conduct environment surveys in specific instances. The agreement is part of what the central government sees as measures to ease the burden municipalities bear in hosting the bases. Source: Japan Times
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Banning social media trolls from voting could help reduce the amount of abuse faced by politicians, the election watchdog has said. The Electoral Commission says legislation around elections should be reviewed and new offences could be introduced. Source The Guardian
Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov has called on the US-led international coalition and the opposition supported by it not to hamper the actions of the Syrian government forces against terrorists. Source Tass
Most of the 3,000 additional troops the United States is deploying to Afghanistan are on their way, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on September 18. Source: Radio Free Europe