VIENTIANE (The Straits Times/ANN) - China - which claims almost all of the South China Sea -  has rejected the ruling and pressured its allies in Asean to prevent the bloc from taking a common position on the issue.

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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).

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.

BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - Hong Kong is the second city in Asia to allow access to the location-based mobile game after the release in Japan last Friday.

 SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Jobless Korean men in their late 20s and early 30s stay single against their will.

BEIJING (China Daily / ANN) - After years spent studying the higher-education market, overseas universities with joint ventures in China are now attracting a better class of student.

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.

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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.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) -  The top three concerns of Filipinos are: inflation (68 per cent), employment (56 per cent) and propoor programmes (55 per cent), according to results of a nationwide survey conducted on July 2-8.

VIENTIANE (The Straits Times/ANN) - China - which claims almost all of the South China Sea -  has rejected the ruling and pressured its allies in Asean to prevent the bloc from taking a common position on the issue.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - More than one–fourth of the child abuse cases in the Philippines in the first quarter of 2016 was of sexual in nature.

DHAKA (The Daily Star/ANN) - Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to give directives to the district heads about the implementation of government decisions, policies and measures, including those to combat militancy.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Former president and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo set foot in Congress again after walking free from detention last week, in time for the first State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao believes that having "godly" leaders would pave the way to eradicating corruption in the Philippines.