MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Chinese ambassador that the Philippines is committed to a peaceful resolution to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea. The envoy, however, said that China would not honor the arbitration ruling on the issue, but would keep an open mind on “possibilities.”  

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MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Apec said that that Asia Pacific economies have exhibited marked improved in five priority areas identified by the World Bank in its Ease of Doing Business index, such as starting a business; dealing with construction permits; getting credit; trading across borders; and enforcing contracts.  

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says the suspension of the hajj passport is “precisely in response to the case of 177 Indonesians using Philippine passports.”

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Third warrant issued for arrest of Pattani man linked to blasts in Hua Hin.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippine president is the most-talked about leader in the region; this will be his first Asean Summit.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - One of India’s most popular and most socially provocative Karnatic vocalists, Thobur Madabusi Krishna, is this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership, selected for his advocacy of dismantling the boundaries of India’s caste system by taking Karnatic music beyond class limits.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Chinese ambassador that the Philippines is committed to a peaceful resolution to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea. The envoy, however, said that China would not honor the arbitration ruling on the issue, but would keep an open mind on “possibilities.”  

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PEKANBARU/JAMBI/JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Bengkalis regency announces closure of schools until air quality improves,w while hundreds of students reportedly have suffered respiratory problems.

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Officials fan out across outbreak cluster and beyond as total number of infections hits 56.

JAKARTA/MEDAN (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Medan church attacker was obsessed with Islamic State Movement Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi and was inspired to carry out the attack after watching his online videos.

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesian immigration officials would start requiring people arriving in the country from Singapore to fill in health alert cards to ensure early detection of the Zika virus.

CHENGDU, China (The Straits Times/ANN) - Chengdu, one of the biggest cities in western China, is a key rival to nearby Chongqing, where the new China-Singapore project to boost regional connectivity is based.

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The trend is however reversed among Western banks as they cut back on costs.

JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Satellite data shows almost 700 fires across Kalimantan and Sumatra last week, as haze hit Malaysia and Singapore.

NEW DELHI (The Straits Times/ANN) - The two also agree to hasten progress of a delayed trilateral highway project.

HONG KONG (The Straits Times/ANN) - Social media becomes a potent tool for new wave of candidates.