MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Gregory Poling, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, said Duterte cutting military ties with the US would mean he did not want America’s "security guarantees" which had so far been a deterrent to China’s long drawn out effort to take over Ayungin Shoal.
BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Mourners paid little heed to the scorching sun as they arrived in large numbers to participate in the mass singing of the Royal Anthem in honour of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - Indian songs are still the soundtrack to our weddings, their actors and actresses are still our pin-ups, their dialogues and characters will remain our cultural references because culture inevitably percolates through boundaries.
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THIMPHU (Kuensel/ANN) - Three Bhutanese engineers, Yeshey Choden, Kiran Kumar Pradhan and Cheki Dorji, will be the pioneers involved in the designing, building, launching and operating of the country’s first nano-satellite.
BANGKOK (The Statesman/ANN) - Viewing creativity through the nationalistic prism is fast threatening to reach epic proportions on either side of a fractious border. As the world worries if two nuclear-armed neighbours will go to war, they are busy spitting celluloid on each other, writes Ravindra Kumar, Editor, The Statesman. Read his commentary here:
BEIJING (The Straits Times/ANN) - Chinese media and officials are silent on Philippine President Duterte's effusive praise of China and his remarks on "separation from the US."
BANGKOK (The Nation/ ANN) - Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday vowed to fight against an administrative order that instructed her to pay for massive losses incurred in the rice-pledging scheme.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Philippine immigration officials arrested a 63-year-old Japanese who was on the wanted list for committing fraud.
KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ ANN) - The Malaysian government expects the economy to expand at a steady pace of 4% to 5% in 2017 despite the external uncertainties for global growth and trade, which could further destabilise the outlook for oil-exporting and emerging economies.
NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ ANN) - Following a cyber security breach in the country's banking system, India's largest bank, the State Bank of India (SBI), has advised customers to use its own ATMs.