HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Vietnam has officially halted meat imports from 21 Brazilian companies, which are being investigated for allegedly bribing state officials to facilitate the sale and export of sub-standard meat products.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - New York Times’ portrayal of President Rodrigo Duterte as a “killer-saviour” did not sit well with an ally of the Philippine leader.
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BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister calls for joint master plan based on ‘trust’ between 5 Southeast Asian neighbours.
TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN News Desk) - Embattled head of Moritomo Gakuen says Akie Abe gave his school a large donation, establishing further links between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a controversial land deal.
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (The Philippine Inquirer/ANN) - Lt. Cmdr. Alvin Dagalea, a Philippine Coast Guard station chief, said Capt. Aurelio Agacac and Chief Engr. Laurencio Tiro were seized when pirates hijacked the Panamanian-flagged MV Super Shuttle Roro 9.
BANGKOK (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippines’ Tourism secretary is finding it hard to sell the Philippines to potential visitors because of reports on the killings in the country.
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - A military operation led to the rescue of two Malaysian held captive by the Abu Sayyaf since last year.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Following visit of Saudi King, Indonesia should be wary of Saudi Arabia’s influence on the archipelago.