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.”  


NAYPYITAW (Eleven Media Group/ ANN) - A recent statement released by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism sets multiple guidelines for tourist visiting Bagan, Myanmar’s well-known cultural heritage site and tourism hotspot.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - The number of detected Zika infections in Thailand has jumped significantly this year compared to recent years. 

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The government will repatriate 177 haj pilgrims from the Philippines.

PHNOM PENH (Rasmei Kampuchea/ANN) - Cambodia and Vietnam held 2-day border talk but no joint-declaration 

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Thai junta chief backs "international democratic standards".

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - About a month after the Japan release of the “Pokemon Go” smartphone game app, 553 minors had been taken into protective custody in Tokyo by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in relation to the game, according to investigative sources. 

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TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Africa’s healthy development is indispensable to world stability. It is necessary to provide support through the joint efforts of the public and private sectors and establish a relationship of reciprocity embracing the potential for growth as the continent develops.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The government intends to assign nursing care workers to 32 prisons and prison branches that have seen sharp increases in the number of elderly inmates requiring such care, according to informed sources. 

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Simply put, Thai reporters can choose to work for George Soros, or they can use his money to work for themselves, ethically.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Thai banking authorities must take swift remedial measures to restore public confidence in automatic teller machines following the recent hacks of ATMs.

BATAM, Indonesia (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Officials were assigned to monitor sea ports serving Batam-Singapore route to anticipate the spread of Zika virus.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Thailand desperately needs consistency, but instead get another change in university-entrance requirements.

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - The long-awaited Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect was finally approved by China's State Council on August 16. 

SYDNEY (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Sexuality cannot be disassociated from race, income level and global politics. 

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesia is facing a new security threat as youths start joining the Islamic State and willing to spark violent acts.