SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said not ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) 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.
ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - Nat Geo's famed 'Afghan Girl' Sharbat Bibi was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday in Peshawar, an official said.
SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - President Park Geun-hye's leak of some confidential documents has provoked unfavourable reactions from all political quarters and led to a record slide in her approval rating.
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SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Saenuri demands major reshuffle at presidential secretariat, Cabinet
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Residents in northern Philippines ravaged by Super Typhoon Haima are now reeling from hunger.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Two firms allegedly involved in anomalous transactions have bagged deals with President Rodrigo Duterte during his recent state visit in China.
NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - While former chairman Cyrus Mistry is said to be in talks with lawyers, the Tata Group has already moved caveats in the country's Supreme Court, Bombay High Court and the National Company Law Tribunal.
KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ANN) - Malaysia is ready to cooperate with China, its largest trading partner, in the digital economy sector as the nation aims to embrace 2017 as the year of the internet economy.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte called Japan, a key ally of the United States, “a valued strategic partner and one of our true friends."
BANGKOK (The Straits Times/ANN) - The refugees, who were away for more than 30 years, are going home under a voluntary programme.