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ASIA NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ON MONDAY
+ IS claims pre-Christmas bombing of Pakistan church
+ 26 dead in landslides after Philippine storm
PAKISTAN
– Reporting after a suicide bomb attack on a Pakistan church claimed by the Islamic State group kills at least eight people and wounds 30 during a service just over a week before Christmas
PHILIPPINES
 – Rescuers search for more than 20 missing people in the eastern Philippines after landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak killed 26.
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AUSTRALIA
– Cricket. Final day of third Ashes Test between England and Australia in Perth.
CHINA
– Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing.
INDIA
– India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will look to tighten his grip on power Monday when results are announced from state elections, including his native Gujarat.
JAPAN
– A Japanese panda baby makes a press debut at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo.
PHILIPPINES 
– President Rodrigo Duterte says he is in favour of same-sex marriage in a remark challenging the position of the influential Catholic church that counts most Filipinos as its members.
VIETNAM
– Vietnam’s largest state-owned brewer Sabeco to sell off a majority stake, though foreign ownership will be capped at 49 percent.