MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Chinese ambassador that the Philippines is committed to a peaceful resolution to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea. The envoy, however, said that China would not honor the arbitration ruling on the issue, but would keep an open mind on “possibilities.”  


BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - The number of detected Zika infections in Thailand has jumped significantly this year compared to recent years. 

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The government will repatriate 177 haj pilgrims from the Philippines.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Thai junta chief backs "international democratic standards".

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - About a month after the Japan release of the “Pokemon Go” smartphone game app, 553 minors had been taken into protective custody in Tokyo by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in relation to the game, according to investigative sources. 

BATAM, Indonesia (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Officials were assigned to monitor sea ports serving Batam-Singapore route to anticipate the spread of Zika virus.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Thailand desperately needs consistency, but instead get another change in university-entrance requirements.

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SYDNEY (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Sexuality cannot be disassociated from race, income level and global politics. 

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesia is facing a new security threat as youths start joining the Islamic State and willing to spark violent acts.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Calls for a nuclear-powered submarine in South Korea to negate North’s ballistic missile threats stir up fierce debate. 

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesia's maritime ministry reveals three common tricks for foreign-flagged ships to deceive officials.

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Pokemon Go might be banned in Vietnam as its impact have been seen in the country despite being introduced her for a short time.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Victims of the Japanese wartime sex slavery in South Korea blames the government for "failing to properly solve" the issue. 

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The broad theme in Quang's 20-minute speech was of the need for greater cooperation between countries in the face of the grave challenges facing the world today, such as the South China Sea dispute.

KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ANN) - A report by the Khazanah Research Institute says that most household debt was undertaken to finance house purchases.

PUTRAJAYA (The Star/ANN) - The Thai government has agreed to surrender the 10 people identified by Malaysia in the trafficking of Rohingya and Bangladeshi nationals, whose remains were found in mass graves on both sides of the border last year.