PETALING JAYA (The Star/ANN) - Foreign ministers reach consensus for various issues including South China Sea.


MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippine Supreme Court maintained that the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement with the United States is an executive agreement and not a treaty which needs Senate ratification.

KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) - Eastern Tarai region braces for floods in the coming days.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – The Philippine central bank will be pushing for the legislation of bills that will ease the country’s very strict and antiquated bank secrecy law exposed at the height of the US$81-million Bangladesh bank heist. 

KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) - PM Oli tried to redefine Nepal's geopolitics but left the country deeply divided internally.

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama will likely announce whether he will declare his candidacy as an independent candidate or through political parties.

DHAKA (The Daily Star/ANN) - An interview with a militant in custody reveals how outlawed terror outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami leader Zafar radicalised a pious youth, turned him into an explosives expert.

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MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - It had been 24 years and four administrations since the Philippine Stock Exchange last recorded gains on the day of a president’s first State of the Nation Address. 

KOTA KINABALU (The Star/ANN) - The nephew of self-styled Sultan Jamalul Kiram III was among one of the intruders.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – President Rodrigo Duterte’s proposed approach of reaching out to China and beginning a non-ultimatum effort to work together can be far more beneficial not only to the future of the Philippines but also to stability throughout China.

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - The collapse of the stock market in the second half of 2014 dealt a fatal blow to the auction market. The number of auctions held in Beijing in 2014 fell by 20 per cent compared with the year before.

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - A Japanese couple and an architecture lecturer have spent three years documenting more than 100 HDB flats in Singapore.

KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ANN) - Chinese schools in Malaysia have been around since 1819!

BEIJING (The Straits Times/ANN) - Huge sums spent in bidding; often admission prices rise and conservation takes a backseat.

BEIJING (The Straits Times/ANN) - China has been announcing developments on major graft cases ahead of an annual retreat held around this time at the Beidaihe seaside resort, partly to allow President Xi Jinping to set the agenda, say analysts.

VIENTIANE (The Straits Times/ANN) - However, joint statement doesn't mention South China Sea arbitration.