MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – Despite the Philippines’ strong economic performance, the poverty incidence in the country is second only to Myanmar in Southeast Asia, a study said. 

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TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Electronic cigarettes, which do not require a flame but heat tobacco leaves to create a vapour that is inhaled, are so popular in Japan these days that demand cannot keep up with supply.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Foreign Ministry plans to establish a mission to the African Union and assign an ambassador there, it has been learned. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - 55 medalists spoke to the press about the Rio Games and expressed their gratitude to supporters.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A meeting between the Japanese and Chinese foreign ministers failed to ease tensions that have soared since Chinese government ships repeatedly intruded in Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in early August. Some observers are concerned bilateral ties could remain strained for some time yet.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Bangkok governor gets suspenison order over 39.5-million baht ($1.1 million) New Year lighting scandal.

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - China has been emerging as a global business leader for some time now and Hong Kong is long established as a sophisticated global finance leader and international business city.

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SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - South Korea postponed its decision to allow Google to export map information from the country. 

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - A 73-year-old woman in South Korea was confirmed to have been infected with cholera.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Staggeringly low fertility rate in South Korea leads to more subsidies for working parents.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – Despite the Philippines’ strong economic performance, the poverty incidence in the country is second only to Myanmar in Southeast Asia, a study said. 

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Vietnam is estimated to have received 6.45 million international visitors, a year-on-year increase of 25.4 per cent in the first eight months of this year.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed a “harsh” crackdown against the Abu Sayyaf after the group reportedly beheaded an 18-year-old hostage.

LONDON (Dawn/ANN) - According to figures of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), $309 million was remitted from the UK to Pakistan in June this year. In July that fell to $143 million. 

JAKARTA/MAKASSAR (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Most of the 177 haj pilgrims being duped to fly to Mecca through Manila did not check on the credibility of the travel agent that caused them trouble.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – Many countries have made strides as far as equal treatment of women is concerned. But there’s still a long way to go.