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

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. 

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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.

NEW DELHI (Dataleads/ANN) - Uttar Pradesh polls will be a major test of Prime Minister Modi's popularity — and his surprise currency decree that sparked financial uproar.

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Asean must rely on its own unity and centrality and the commitment of its individual member states to avoid being pushed around by intervening powers.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The current Miss Earth beauty queen vowed to stand her ground and tell world leaders that climate change is true and not just a figment of imagination, as evident in the impact of disasters in vulnerable countries.

BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - The yuan continued its strength against the dollar on Thursday, following fresh remarks of a senior official with the central bank that the currency would not see substantial fluctuation.

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) - The Presidential Office refused to comment on a Japanese media report that it had received prior knowledge of U.S. President Donald Trump’s phone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping.