KUALA LUMPUR (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Outcry over use of highly toxic VX to kill Kim Jong Nam at airport; Kuala Lumpur to undertake review of ties with North Korea. 

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MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Allies of Senator Leila de Lima described her persecution as an attempt of President Rodrigo Duterte’s government to silence his critics. 

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - After the postponement of a Chinese minister’s visit to the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte clarified that China just misunderstood the remarks of the Philippines’ top diplomat on the militarisation of the South China Sea.  

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Singaporean Ai-ling Lee - the first Asian woman to get a nod in the sound-editing category for her work in La La Land - knocked on doors of film studios. 

SYDNEY (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Jokowi's visit likely to lead to joint naval patrols in the South China Sea and trade deals. 

HONG KONG (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Hong Kong residents disappointed with lack of cash handouts despite higher surplus. 

MANILA (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Senator calls allegations against her 'lies' and says the government is persecuting her. 

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KUALA LUMPUR (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Outcry over use of highly toxic VX to kill Kim Jong Nam at airport; Kuala Lumpur to undertake review of ties with North Korea. 

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - North Korea is estimated to have a vast amount of chemical weapons.

ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - Decision on Pak-Afghan border reopening will be taken in due course of time, says FO spokesman.

DHAKA (The Daily Star/ANN) - Top retailers pulling out of the apparel summit at the last minute is a major embarrassment for the government and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

NEW DELHI (DataLEADS/ ANN) – Two Asian countries - India and China - topped the list of countries whose citizens were given most H-1B skilled worker visas in 2015, according to latest data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

DHAKA (The Daily Star/ANN) - Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be the guest of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee - becoming the prime minister from her country to receive this honour.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Senator Leila de Lima branded President Rodrigo Duterte as the mastermind behind her arrest, saying the basis of the accusations that she was involved in the illegal drug trade were manufactured lies. 

MUAR (The Star/ANN) - Kim Jong-nam's next of kin is expected to arrive in Malaysia by tomorrow to identify and claim his body.
 

JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Indonesia's President says energy has been wasted and that has affected the economy.