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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.