KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ ANN) - Malaysia hopes to increase trade with North Korea via the 13th Malaysia International Branding Showcase (IBS 2016), said Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade) chief executive officer Datuk Dzulkifli Mahmud.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ ANN) - Hundreds of Indonesian workers from several unions staged a dual-purpose rally on Friday to demand both a better payment scheme and the arrest of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama for alleged blasphemy.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ ANN) - Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Thursday said the entire country has been placed under terror alert level 3, a warning that a deadly terror attack is imminent “within a short period of time.”
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - A development plan crafted by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s economic team targets a “prosperous, predominantly middle-class society where no one is poor” by 2040.
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JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Political and religious tensions heated up on Friday following a peaceful rally in which over a million Muslims participated, demanding that Jakarta governor Ahok be arrested for blasphemy.
SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Seoul's latest action targetting 79 individuals and 69 entities came days after the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2321 condemning the North's fifth and most powerful nuclear test in September.
BEIJING (Dawn/ANN) - The official Xinhua news agency reported that China and Pakistan have launched a direct rail and sea freight service, with the first cargo train departing from Yunnan, an inland province in southwest China.
BANGKOK (ANN/ANN) - The three countries conducted an in-depth exchange of views on the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, foreign policy towards Asia, regional security architecture, coordination within regional and multilateral fora and anti-terrorism, among others, while receiving the support of Philippine President. 2 ANN media reports.
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Duterte has urged the Congress to urgently implement a federal system in the nation to ensure peace and stability in the conflict-rife Mindanao region.
DHAKA (The Daily Star/ANN) - Even as Bangladesh has provided humanitarian assistance to the fleeing Rohingyas, a Muslim minority in Myanmar's Rakhine state, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said they would be sent back to their country at a convenient time.