KUALA LUMPUR (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Umno agrees with PAS proposal for stiffer sharia penalties; critics say non-Muslims will be affected.
JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Indonesian accused Siti Aisyah asked for her blessing before leaving for 'job' in Malaysia.
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Pentagon chief tells Defence Minister he values defence ties with Singapore.
TOKYO (The Straits Times/ ANN) - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed that Washington "remains steadfast in its defence commitments to its allies" on the sidelines of the Group of 20 foreign ministers' meeting in Bonn, Germany.
BANGKOK (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Impending change in law on political parties will give it fewer options ahead of 2018 polls.
KUALA LUMPUR (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Police say they need to match victim's profile, as North Korean diplomats try to claim body.
BEIJING (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Beijing has much leverage with Pyongyang, but it is unwilling to risk destabilisation.
TOKYO (The Straits Times/ANN) - A joint statement released after the summit meeting said the US-Japan alliance is "unshakeable", and that the US would strengthen its presence in the region.
TOKYO (The Straits Times/ANN) - UN Security Council holding emergency session; China and Russia condemn addition to North's nuclear armoury.