KUALA LUMPUR (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Umno agrees with PAS proposal for stiffer sharia penalties; critics say non-Muslims will be affected. 

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TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Some believe North Korea is nearing completion of a ballistic missile that can reach the US mainland.

​KUALA LUMPUR/SEOUL (The Japan News/ANN) - Malaysia has loose protections against North Korean thus agents can easily transfer to third countries.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Kim Min-hee becomes the first South Korean actress to win the Silver Bear in a movie supposedly mirroring her rumoured extramarital relationship with director Hong Sang-soo.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Samsung apparently has no plans to contest Lee’s detention as of now.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - With its vice chairman in quagmire, Samsung will try to maintain the usual work flow.

KUALA LUMPUR (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Umno agrees with PAS proposal for stiffer sharia penalties; critics say non-Muslims will be affected. 

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JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Indonesian accused Siti Aisyah asked for her blessing before leaving for 'job' in Malaysia. 

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Pentagon chief tells Defence Minister he values defence ties with Singapore. 

FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City, Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte blamed the “wrong decisions” and selfishness of his predecessors for the hardships the Filipino people continue to experience until today. 

FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the help of the country’s armed forces to get rid of “national threats,” namely, illegal drugs and terrorists. 

TOKYO (The Straits Times/ ANN) - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed that Washington "remains steadfast in its defence commitments to its allies" on the sidelines of the Group of 20 foreign ministers' meeting in Bonn, Germany. 

BANGKOK (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Impending change in law on political parties will give it fewer options ahead of 2018 polls. 

KUALA LUMPUR (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Police say they need to match victim's profile, as North Korean diplomats try to claim body. 

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - An estimated crowd of 10,000 Catholic religious and lay people participated in the “Walk for Life,” the Church’s “show of force” against the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. 

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ ANN) - The world's largest chipmaker in crisis after the de facto leader's arrest.