A group of Chinese warships led by the country’s sole aircraft carrier entered the top half of the South China Sea on Monday after passing south of Taiwan, the self-ruled island’s Defence Ministry said of what China has termed a routine exercise. Source: Reuters
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The number of refugees striving for Europe has increased significantly in the countries south and east of the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year. This was reported by the “Bild” newspaper on Tuesday, citing a “Confidential” paper of the German security authorities. Source Diepresse
The combined amount spent on the refugee crisis by the federal government totalled over €20 billion in 2016. Over half of the money was spent abroad aiming to stop the flow of migrants making the journey to Europe. Source The Local
Two people have died in two blasts at a public bus station in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, police say. Police said Wednesday’s explosions were triggered by a “suicide bomber” and confirmed that one officer was killed along with the attacker. Source Al Jazeera