SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Singaporeans woke up to hazy skies and a strong burning smell across the island as netizens posted on social media photos of the blurry skyline.

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TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) - Turkish Trade Office in Taipei (TTOT) deputy representative Halil Ibrahim Dokuyucu, who was arrested last month for allegedly groping a woman in a Taipei bar, left Taiwan on Aug. 18.

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) - According to polling, three major factors played into growing dissatisfaction with Tsai Ing-wen's and her administration, naming the labour and holiday policy (42.1 per cent), cross-strait policy (30.5 per cent) and national pension reform (20.1 per cent).

BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has long been firm in upholding the authority and role of the United Nations in global affairs, Li said.

BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - The People’s Liberation Army has been exploring ways to govern its members’ use of the omnipresent gadget.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ ANN) - Compared to a roughly 50 per cent increase globally, the total research output of Asean has almost tripled in the past 10 years. However, Thailand’s output and share of the world’s research papers has increased “gradually”, with just over 72,000 papers indexed last year – or 0.48 per cent of the database. 

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesia aims to have a stronger cooperation in maritime security during the Asean heads of state gathering in Laos.

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BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Thai junta chief Friday offered to head the next coalition government.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ ANN) - The Thai commerce ministry will consider revising its current working target for export growth, which is set at 5 per cent, after discussions with Thai trade representatives overseas next month.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Minimart owner Khonsan Kudedakeng, 64, died on Thursday night and his body was collected by relatives for an Islamic burial ceremony in Nong Chik district, the source said.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - The Philippine president articulates the bitterness of smaller maligned countries.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Thai immigration police are checking the movements of Eastern European men entering and leaving Thailand during June and July as part of an extensive hunt for a gang that allegedly hacked Government Savings Bank ATMs.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Another defection among Pyongyang's elite, this time by a diplomat posted in Russia.

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Singaporeans woke up to hazy skies and a strong burning smell across the island as netizens posted on social media photos of the blurry skyline.

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Vietnam's financial market has become one of the five best performing markets in the world thanks to strong foreign capital inflows and bright economic outlook.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Despite the Philippine government’s no-ransom policy, President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that ransom has been paid for the release of the Abu Sayyaf’s Norwegian hostage.