Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet has approved a record $43.6 billion Japan military budget, increasing it for the fifth year in a row out of concerns over potential threats from China and North Korea. Abe’s cabinet signed off on a 1.4 percent increase in military spending, bringing the total to a record $43.66 billion. Source RT
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Leader of the VVD Halbe Zijlstra expects the euro no longer exist in a few years. He would at least have told opinion maker Jort Kelder and journalist Arno Wellens. Zijlstra itself can remember little of the conversation. Source RTL
Ambassador says Italian parliament’s investigations into NGOs is ‘a routine exercise carried by two parliamentary committees’ and that there’s no ‘hidden agenda’ Source Malta Today
A referendum through which the people of the Kurdistan Region to decide whether they want to stay with Iraq or separate and establish a state of their own will be held this year, says Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Source Rudaw