TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A meeting between the Japanese and Chinese foreign ministers failed to ease tensions that have soared since Chinese government ships repeatedly intruded in Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in early August. Some observers are concerned bilateral ties could remain strained for some time yet.

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KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ANN) - The next United Nations secretary-general should not only be able to lead but to wield enough clout to make a global difference.

PUTRAJAYA (The Star/ANN) - It looks like Indonesia is keeping its word to contain incidents of transboundary haze with just a small number of hotspots found in the country.

DHAKA (The Daily Star/ANN) - The US and India are concerned about the potential for extremists to take root in Bangladesh, diplomatic sources say.

BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - A company owned by Chinese tycoon Wang Jing is taking over an Israeli satellite operation firm for $285 million.

BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - Tokyo was urged to “play a constructive role” and make real efforts to stabilise bilateral relations with Beijing when Premier Li Keqiang met with the visiting Japanese national security adviser on Thursday.

BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - Xi says Chinese athletes’ performances at the Rio Games helped to fuel patriotic enthusiasm. 

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TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Electronic cigarettes, which do not require a flame but heat tobacco leaves to create a vapour that is inhaled, are so popular in Japan these days that demand cannot keep up with supply.

WASHINGTON (The Japan News/ANN) - Michael Flynn, foreign policy adviser for U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and former director of the Defence Intelligence Agency, said U.S. forces stationed in Japan will not be withdrawn from the country if Trump is elected president.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Foreign Ministry plans to establish a mission to the African Union and assign an ambassador there, it has been learned. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - 55 medalists spoke to the press about the Rio Games and expressed their gratitude to supporters.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A meeting between the Japanese and Chinese foreign ministers failed to ease tensions that have soared since Chinese government ships repeatedly intruded in Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in early August. Some observers are concerned bilateral ties could remain strained for some time yet.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Bangkok governor gets suspenison order over 39.5-million baht ($1.1 million) New Year lighting scandal.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Call has been made for further study about vulnerability of major faults in Thailand.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - An effort to extend the power of appointed senators is wisely scuttled.

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - China has been emerging as a global business leader for some time now and Hong Kong is long established as a sophisticated global finance leader and international business city.