TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Japanese beer imports to South Korea have been continuously increasing and there is significant room for market development.


MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - One of India’s most popular and most socially provocative Karnatic vocalists, Krishna, is this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership, selected for his advocacy of dismantling the boundaries of India’s caste system by taking Karnatic music beyond class limits.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Chinese ambassador that the Philippines is committed to a peaceful resolution to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea. The envoy, however, said that China would not honor the arbitration ruling on the issue, but would keep an open mind on “possibilities.”  

PEKANBARU/JAMBI/JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Bengkalis regency announces closure of schools until air quality improves,w while hundreds of students reportedly have suffered respiratory problems.

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Officials fan out across outbreak cluster and beyond as total number of infections hits 56.

JAKARTA/MEDAN (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Medan church attacker was obsessed with Islamic State Movement Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi and was inspired to carry out the attack after watching his online videos.

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesian immigration officials would start requiring people arriving in the country from Singapore to fill in health alert cards to ensure early detection of the Zika virus.

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CHENGDU, China (The Straits Times/ANN) - Chengdu, one of the biggest cities in western China, is a key rival to nearby Chongqing, where the new China-Singapore project to boost regional connectivity is based.

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The trend is however reversed among Western banks as they cut back on costs.

JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Satellite data shows almost 700 fires across Kalimantan and Sumatra last week, as haze hit Malaysia and Singapore.

NEW DELHI (The Straits Times/ANN) - The two also agree to hasten progress of a delayed trilateral highway project.

HONG KONG (The Straits Times/ANN) - Social media becomes a potent tool for new wave of candidates.

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - PM Lee and visiting Vietnam President discuss enhancing air services agreement, other issues.

BEIJING (The Straits Times/ANN) - How China handles its involvement may pose ramifications on other fronts, like its strategic rivalry with the United States.

BEIJING, China (The Straits Times/ANN) - Chinese president places trusted aides in country's most politically sensitive regions.

DHAKA (The Daily Star/ANN) - Kerry calls on the Bangladesh government to step up efforts to fight extremist violence and protect and promote human rights amid increasing concern about terrorism.