JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Drug convict Zulfiqar Ali was spared from execution which saw four drug convicts killed.

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HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - Bands and music festivals from the region gradually gain a following in the West though they mostly cater to the diaspora.

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - It's not all about the pavement cafe's anymore. Hanoi's cafe decor has gone off-the-wall and over-the-top, carving out creative and stimulating spaces.

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - Music events are becoming all the rage across the region as festivalgoers, brands and governments move with the beat.

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - In fact, it is not unlikely that by next year, or in the near future, Hong Kong could have its first female chief executive.

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Despite being classified as "lower-middle income", Vietnam is one of just three countries in the top 10 Happy Planet Index rankings.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN)  - Pokemon Go craze highlights core technology behind the game: augmented reality.

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HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - One of Vietnam's 23 fencers who will compete at the Rio Olympics had dreams of being a samurai.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Tycoons in South Korea excercise political leverage to give unfair advantages to their children. 

KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) - It has been reported that India backs the NC-Maoist coalition to form the new government in Nepal.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – The Philippines says it will not inflame China, but will continue to engage in talks regarding the South China Sea row.

KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) - At least 77 people have been reported dead in floods and landslides across Nepal since Monday.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Amid a tense discussion among the Philippines’ top officials including former leaders, President Rodrigo Duterte was a source of both “great inputs” and “in-house entertainment.” 

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Now, a chalet stay could resemble a staycation in a posh hotel, with operators sprucing up the accommodation with themed rooms, open showers and four-poster beds.

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) is conducting 18 studies to uncover ways in which food could be modified to improve blood glucose control.

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Weighing just 49kg, The Delta is the lightest electric paraglider trike in the world.