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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SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The broad theme in Quang's 20-minute speech was of the need for greater cooperation between countries in the face of the grave challenges facing the world today, such as the South China Sea dispute.

KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ANN) - A report by the Khazanah Research Institute says that most household debt was undertaken to finance house purchases.

PUTRAJAYA (The Star/ANN) - The Thai government has agreed to surrender the 10 people identified by Malaysia in the trafficking of Rohingya and Bangladeshi nationals, whose remains were found in mass graves on both sides of the border last year.

PETALING JAYA (The Star/ANN) - The poor visibility and air quality makes life miserable for the 20,000 workers nationwide in the 1.2 billion ringgit (US$297 million( industry.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippine government slammed North Korea’s latest missile launch, saying it “seriously undermines regional peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.” 

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – With the Philippines already a member of the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, the Senate is having reservations whether the country should still join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. 

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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.  

PETALING JAYA (Sin Chew Daily/ANN) - To understand Mahathir's apology is to understand his pragmatist approach to things.

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.

WASHINGTON (Dawn/ANN) - Agreement allows the two allies to use each other’s military facilities for checking China’s growing influence.

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.”  

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.