SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Calls for stepping down of President Park Geun-hye raised over confidante who allegedly meddled in state affairs.


NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - ​Extending declines for third straight session, Tata group stocks remained in the red zone after ousted Tata Sons’ chairman Cyrus Mistry warned the group that it may have to write down about two-thirds of its net worth due to some unprofitable businesses.

KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ANN) - The newly-formed National Special Operations Force (NSOF) will spearhead the nation's response to any terror threat, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. 

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - Beijing and Pyongyang agreed to build new bridges over the Tumen River during the third border joint commission meeting held on Tuesday.

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) - Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman Katharine Chang stated Thursday that the upcoming meeting between KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu and Chinese leader Xi Jinping represented non-governmental exchanges, adding that without prior government authorisation, the opposition party was barred from signing any agreements with mainland China.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on visiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to maintain cooperation with the United States at their meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday, highlighting the importance of the role the Japan-U.S. alliance plays in the Asia-Pacific region. 

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Calls for stepping down of President Park Geun-hye raised over confidante who allegedly meddled in state affairs.

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KUCHING, Malaysia (Sin Chew Daily/ANN) - The 11th Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines' East Asean Growth Area Transport Ministers’ Meeting has borne fruitful results, especially with regard to collaboration and improvement of transportation links in the region.

TOKYO (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte's meeting with Japanese emperor was cancelled following the death of his Majesty’s uncle, Prince MIkasa.

DHAKA (The Daily Star/ANN) - Environmental activists said India's deliberate measures to finance and operate the plant would damage the Sundarbans and as party to the World Heritage Convention it must refrain from doing so.

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The National Counterterrorism Agency wants to strengthen defence in border areas, especially those bordering Malaysia and the Philippines, as extremists have from time to time smuggled arms and ammunition through the land to assist terrorist groups. 

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said not ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal would be a 'very big setback' as some countries had gone out of their way to support it. 

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) - Kuomintang Chairperson Hung Hsiu-chu has vowed to her party members that the meeting with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping in Beijing will not entail any untoward surprises.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - With an arbitration court rejecting in July Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte said he hoped to defend his country’s rights to the area peacefully based on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Militants recruited via social media, trained online to go solo.

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - It will be a major setback if the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is not cleared by US lawmakers, as some countries have made all-out efforts to support the trade pact.