TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The two countries have confirmed their cooperation for a free trade agreement.

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ZAMBOANGA CITY (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Asked about President Rodrigo Duterte’s plea to allow Filipino fishermen to fish in the disputed West Philippine Sea, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua said they would look into the possibility.

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - Low maternity and paternity leaves are no doubt a deterrent for the city’s couples to have more children.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - North Korea's firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile has prompted calls to deploy nuclear-powered submarines in South Korea with lawmakers saying it poses a grave threat to Northeast Asia's security. 

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Thais are urged to help control the breeding of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Figure may go up as there is a high likelihood of more local transmissions, says health minister.

BEIJING (China Daily / ANN) - Beijing Tongrentang Group Co Ltd, the world's largest producer of traditional Chinese medicine, has set up 115 retail terminals, TCM clinics and healthcare centres in 25 countries and regions by June-end, and treated over 30 million patients.

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BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - Real estate developers are investing heavily in a variety of hospitality projects aimed at providing accommodation and other services to millions of visitors who are expected to throng the Disney destination in the years to come.

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - The Disneyland effect has changed the commercial real estate scene in the area.

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) — Three leaders and 18 followers of the notorious terrorist group Abu Sayyaf have been killed by government troops in southern Philippines.

PETALING JAYA (The Star/NationTV/ANN) - In this week’s Asean Now: Weekly Wrap, a dental surgeon had his second toe bitten by a dolphin while dipping his legs in the water at Singapore's Resorts World Sentosa while Facebook has activated its “safety check” feature for the first time in Vietnam, following Typhoon Dianmu which struck the country’s northern region.

MEDAN (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The Medan church attacker said he was inspired by the same attack in France.

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Asean has made real and steadfast progress in its own unique way in terms of integration of the region.

TOKYO (The Straits Times/ANN) - Studying abroad may be less stressful than in S'pore but it poses a challenge in other ways.

BEIJING, China (The Straits Times/ANN) - China's growth stabilised at 6.7 per cent in the first half of the year, indicating that efforts in rebalancing the economy away from an exports- and investment-driven growth to a consumption-led expansion are taking shape. The Straits Times looks at what are some of the weak links in the world's No. 2 economy and how some of the bright spots are driving growth.

JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Indonesia has been the target of several terror threats in recent months, and counter-terrorism police have launched a crackdown on people with suspected links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group .