TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The two countries have confirmed their cooperation for a free trade agreement.

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MEDAN (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The Medan church attacker said he was inspired by the same attack in France.

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Asean has made real and steadfast progress in its own unique way in terms of integration of the region.

TOKYO (The Straits Times/ANN) - Studying abroad may be less stressful than in S'pore but it poses a challenge in other ways.

BEIJING, China (The Straits Times/ANN) - China's growth stabilised at 6.7 per cent in the first half of the year, indicating that efforts in rebalancing the economy away from an exports- and investment-driven growth to a consumption-led expansion are taking shape. The Straits Times looks at what are some of the weak links in the world's No. 2 economy and how some of the bright spots are driving growth.

JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Indonesia has been the target of several terror threats in recent months, and counter-terrorism police have launched a crackdown on people with suspected links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group .

JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Officials say visibility has dropped in a few districts in Riau Province, with a distance of only 1km in the worst-hit city of Dumai.

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MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's critics are condemning the means employed in the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs, while the chief executive is defending the goal he seeks to achieve.

ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - Prince Mohammed calls on Pakistan PM Nawaz after making a stopover on his way to China.

WASHINGTON (Dawn/ANN) - Envoy approaches the White House with a request to support Pakistan's bid.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte: “I hope the Chinese may find a place in their hearts for the Filipinos."

KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ANN) - The Australian newspaper has revealed some sensitive details relating to submarines built by French naval contractor DCNS, including variants used by Malaysia and Chile.

KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ANN) - Checks tightened at two access points in Johor in response to news that a Malaysian woman was found to be infected with the Zika virus in Singapore.

KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ANN) - Chef Daniel Green is a fan of palm oil, in particular, which he says fits in with his philosophy of less is more. He especially likes using it when he is in Malaysia, as it is harder to find in the United States, where he is based.

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Popular souvenirs from Laos include handmade wooden products, silk, other textiles or jewellery.

BATAM (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Singaporeans will be able to see Meisterstadst towers in Batam from a distance.