China submarines visit Malaysia, Russian vessels visit Philippines

Just as two submarines from China visited Malaysia this week, two Russian vessels are visiting the Philippines, and this is turning heads. In addition, Russia says it wants to hold naval exercises in the South China Sea with Malaysia, China and the Philippines. Defence analysts are trying to figure out how all this will play out as a new president, Donald Trump, takes over in the United States on Jan 20. Source Free Malaysia Today

Mali sends back migrants deported by France

Mali has sent back two people who were deported from France on the same planes they arrived on, saying they were not sure they were Malian citizens. The government said the pair were flown to the capital, Bamako using European travel permits or “laissez-passer”, not passports or other Malian papers. The government said it could not accept people “simply assumed to be Malian.”