VIENTIANE (The Straits Times/ANN) - China - which claims almost all of the South China Sea -  has rejected the ruling and pressured its allies in Asean to prevent the bloc from taking a common position on the issue.


VIENTIANE (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Asean foreign ministers expressed concerns on the land reclamations and escalation of activities in the South China Sea.

BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - US National Security Advisor Susan Rice is in China for talks with Chinese officials to prepare for US President Barack Obama’s attendance at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, in September.

NAYPYITAW (Eleven Media Group/ ANN) - There are more than 500 refugees in Kyauktaw Township who have not returned to their homes, though the region is stable.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte promises to eradicate criminality, illegal drugs and corruption in government as he delivered his first State of the Nation Address (Sona).

VIENTIANE (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Asean released a joint communiqué after a concern that there would be no consensus at all.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - It has been learned that the Japanese emperor hopes to “abdicate.” Considering the Constitution and Imperial House Law now in place, what would the implications be? The Yomiuri Shimbun asked experts on the matter to answer these questions.

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VIENTIANE (The Nation/Bangkok) - Asean members saved face for all by not mentioning an international tribunal's ruling on the South China Sea dispute in a joint communique.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - With individual members taking opposite sides in the South China Sea conflict, hope rests on flexibility.

BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - Hong Kong is the second city in Asia to allow access to the location-based mobile game after the release in Japan last Friday.

 SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Jobless Korean men in their late 20s and early 30s stay single against their will.

BEIJING (China Daily / ANN) - After years spent studying the higher-education market, overseas universities with joint ventures in China are now attracting a better class of student.

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Ima Matul Maisaroh, a human trafficking survivor, will share her bitter experience and her work in slavery and human trafficking mitigation programme at the US Democratic National Convention.

BAGUIO CITY (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The harvest ritual of Hungduan town in Ifugao province has been enshrined as an intangible cultural heritage by Unesco.

SINGAPORE (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Rebuilding Jakarta is not just a matter of technical engineering skills, or even policy commitment. It requires a thorough re-imagining of building elements of liveability into a compact, dense space.

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - There’s not enough rehabilitation facilities to accommodate the thousands of drug users in the Philippines who have surrendered to authorities.