TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Japanese and U.S. governments have begun arranging for Self-Defence Forces ships, by this summer, to protect U.S. military vessels for the first time in peacetime, it has been learned.

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BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - China unveiled an environmental plan on Wednesday to curb air pollution in its northern region, which constantly suffers smog in the winter.

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) - Lee Ming-che’s wife, Lee Ching-yu, urged Chinese authorities on Wednesday to announce the place where he is currently being detained and release him, in a response to Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office’s (TAO) official confirmation of Lee’s arrest.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - North Korea might be in final stages of preparing for new nuclear test 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Japanese and U.S. governments have begun arranging for Self-Defence Forces ships, by this summer, to protect U.S. military vessels for the first time in peacetime, it has been learned.

KUALA LUMPUR (The Straits Times/ANN) - The Malaysian government confirmed yesterday that the remains of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's murdered half-brother are still in Malaysian custody. 

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The triggering of Article 50, used by any nation wishing to exit the European Union, is unlikely to cause even a stir in stock markets, as it has been long expected, analysts say.

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UTSUNOMIYA, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - Experienced mountaineering teachers made the wrong call allowing high school students to train in mountaineering course during avalanche conditions. 

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) - Wife of disappeared Taiwanese lawmaker, activist says husband was detained by authorities in China.  

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - North Korea carried out another rocket engine test, showing a sign of ICBM test soon, according to the US officials

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Remains of one missing victim have been found at Sewol salvage site, while special inspectors working to determine the cause of tragedy for the next 10 months

UTSUNOMIYA, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - Seven high school students and one teacher were confirmed dead as a result of the avalanche that hit a joint high school mountaineering training session in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, on Monday, police said.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Japan government plans to extend for two years sanctions on North Korea, which will expire on April 13, according to sources.

YANGON (ANN News Desk) - Already hard hit by adverse weather conditions, temperatures will climb up to 3° C in the next 50 years, says World Wildlife Fund. 

KUALA LUMPUR (The Straits Times/ANN) - Talk of a deal seemed premature late last night when a van appearing to carry the body returned to the mortuary, and security was heightened around the building after a lull since Sunday.

DHAKA (The Daily Star/ANN) – Bangladesh continues to deny the involvement of IS in the recent spate of terror attacks, even as IS fiercely owns them.