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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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. 

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The Indonesian Embassy in Manila says it could not repatriate Indonesian pilgrims yet, pending the meeting with Philippine Department of Justice officials next Tuesday.

ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - Evaluation of evidence shows all Afghan SIMs used during the attack were operated by an Afghan company: ISPR.

ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar refuses to visit Pakistan for discussing the Kashmir dispute, says he can come for discussing ‘cross-border terrorism’. 

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SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The PSI reading is expected to be in the high to moderate range, according to the National Environment Agency. 

KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) - An estimated 20,000 Nepali migrant workers are expected to benefit from the amnesty being extended by Qatar to foreign workers who do not have legal status in the country.

KOTA KINABALU (The Star/ANN) - The quake, which lasted about three seconds, was felt in Ranau, Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Tuaran.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Henry Sy, whose business interests include property development, banking and retail, remains the Philippines' wealthiest person for the ninth year. 

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Having a free trade agreement with UK gives the Philippines an opportunity to build the relationship in a stronger fashion and enhance trade arrangements because of these concessions.

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - National University of Singapore undergrad uses popular game to create awareness of island's biodiversity.

JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Arrests, strong firefighting teams, favourable weather have kept hot spots low in Indonesia.

JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong noted in his National Day Rally address on Sunday that 12 radicalised Singaporeans had been arrested in the past two years, including a few prepared to attack Singapore.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (The Straits Times/ANN) - Union angered by new rules for bus fleets as tourism industry hit by fall in Chinese arrivals.