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Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday agreed that the two countries will properly handle differences and achieve full improvement and greater progress in bilateral ties.

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Tiangong-Shenzhou complex switches flight mode

The complex formed by the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft and the Tiangong-2 space lab has adjusted its flight mode. The Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Centre said the complex fired its engines on Thursday night, and lowered its orbit altitude.

Ruling Liberal Democrats pave way for longer party presidential tenure in Japan

Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic party has decided to revise party rules to extend the maximum tenure for party presidents. The move could possibly allow Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to run for a third term in 2018.

Multiple ISIL attacks in Kirkuk city

Islamic State militants in Iraq have attacked several government buildings and a power station in the northern oil city of Kirkuk. Police report that at least 24 people were killed during the pre-dawn attack.

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