BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - Military weighs ‘necessary measures’ for national security, strategic balance.

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HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Vietnam has attracted almost US$12.9 billion foreign direct investment in the first seven months of this year, a surge of 47 per cent compared with last year's figure.

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - One person was killed and five others injured as Typhoon Mirinae struck Vietnam on Wednesday night. The storm also toppled trees, cut power lines and disrupted traffic.

BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - Military weighs ‘necessary measures’ for national security, strategic balance.

TAIPEI (The Chian Post/ ANN) - According to figures compiled by the National Immigration Agency (NIA), the number of mainland Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan from May 20 to July 26 dropped 15 per cent from the same period in 2015. 

TAIPEI (The China Post/ ANN) - Industry representatives and Taiwan government not aligned over debated labour policies 

   

SAGAMIHARA (The Japan News/ANN) - Satoshi Uematsu, 26, was arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing 19 people and injuring 26 at a welfare facility for intellectually disabled people in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture.

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SEOUL (The Japan News/ANN) - Among the 238 former comfort women who have been recognised by the South Korean government, 40 are still alive. Payments will be made to families of the deceased as well.

SEOUL (The Japan News/ANN) - The comfort women issue, which has been a divisive factor between Japan and South Korea for a quarter of a century, has entered a crucial stage as it moves toward a final settlement. The Reconciliation and Healing foundation was launched on Thursday to support former comfort women in South Korea. The South Korean government must not waver on this issue.

SAGAMIHARA (The Japan News/ANN) -  Patrols in police cars were conducted around the facility right up until the rampage occurred. Despite this, they were unable to prevent the tragic events of Tuesday morning.

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Political party nomination is better for Jakarta Governor Ahok to rerun in the next election,

KUCHING (The Star/ ANN) - Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said all detained militants were being isolated from other prisoners to prevent the spread of their ideology.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - The British government has issued a travel advice for its citizens, telling them to avoid political gatherings in Thailand ahead of the August 7 referendum.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - The Japanese fugitive on the run for nearly a decade was wanted for a multi-million dollar stock fraud case in his home country.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – From winning the crown to hosting the actual pageant—the Philippines will be the venue of the next Miss Universe competition which will be held early January. 

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - For columnist Peter Wallace, the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte can be summarised in four words: there will be action.