PETALING JAYA (The Star/ANN) - AirAsia chief executive officer Tony Fernandes announced that while gold medallists would be entitled to free flights for life, silver and bronze medallists would also be rewarded but did not specify what they would receive.


BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - Ties between Beijing and Manila suffered after the Philippines, under its former leadership, initiated an arbitration against China.

BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - The Shanghai Road Administration Bureau is considering the removal of road signs bearing English-language interpretations.

BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - China outlines its position after North Korea test-fires missile launched from submarine.

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) - Taiwanese foreign ministry is following closely Japan’s negotiations with South Korea, and has reiterated Taiwan’s four demands to Japan over the comfort women issue.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Japan, China and South Korea joined in criticising North Korea for launching a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) earlier on the day.

SEOUL (The Japan News/ANN) -  Wednesday’s test-firing is believed to be aimed at hindering the foreign ministers’ meeting among Japan, China and South Korea held on the same day in Tokyo, as well as a joint drill by U.S. and South Korean forces that kicked off Monday.

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BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Thailand's deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said negotiations with insurgent groups will be put on hold after fatal Pattani bombing Tuesday night

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - The extra-judicial killing of drug dealers in the Philippines might disturb outsiders, but that’s what the people voted for.

THIMPHU (Kuensel/ ANN) - Lack of access to basic information relating to hydropower agreements deprive people from knowing the potential impacts, states independent study.

NAYPYITAW (Eleven Media Group/ ANN) - Myanmar ranked 137 among 160 countries in the transportation index in 2014, giving it the lowest position among Southeast Asian countries.

SEPANG, Malaysia (The Star/ANN) - Every athlete who won a medal at the recently concluded Rio Olympics will get an additional 200,000 ringgit (US$50,000).

BANGKOK (​The Star/The Nation/ANN) - ​Motorists caught playing augmented reality game Pokemon Go while driving in Bangkok risk facing a fine as Thai traffic policemen are on the hunt for reckless behaviours on the road.

CIANJUR, Indonesia (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Freedom of movement is potentially more rewarding than trade liberalisation.

SEPANG (The Star/ANN) - Eager fans rushed to shake their hands while others, with their phones in one hand, sought opportunities to take selfies with the athletes.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - A top Chinese think-tank says it is  now imperative for China and Asean member countries to speed up Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations in order to upgrade economic relations to the next level.