VIENTIANE (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Asean foreign ministers expressed concerns on the land reclamations and escalation of activities in the South China Sea.
BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - US National Security Advisor Susan Rice is in China for talks with Chinese officials to prepare for US President Barack Obama’s attendance at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, in September.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte promises to eradicate criminality, illegal drugs and corruption in government as he delivered his first State of the Nation Address (Sona).
TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - It has been learned that the Japanese emperor hopes to “abdicate.” Considering the Constitution and Imperial House Law now in place, what would the implications be? The Yomiuri Shimbun asked experts on the matter to answer these questions.
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VIENTIANE (The Nation/Bangkok) - Asean members saved face for all by not mentioning an international tribunal's ruling on the South China Sea dispute in a joint communique.
BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - With individual members taking opposite sides in the South China Sea conflict, hope rests on flexibility.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Ima Matul Maisaroh, a human trafficking survivor, will share her bitter experience and her work in slavery and human trafficking mitigation programme at the US Democratic National Convention.
BAGUIO CITY (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The harvest ritual of Hungduan town in Ifugao province has been enshrined as an intangible cultural heritage by Unesco.
SINGAPORE (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Rebuilding Jakarta is not just a matter of technical engineering skills, or even policy commitment. It requires a thorough re-imagining of building elements of liveability into a compact, dense space.
SAN FERNANDO CITY, Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - There’s not enough rehabilitation facilities to accommodate the thousands of drug users in the Philippines who have surrendered to authorities.