TOKYO (The Straits Times/ANN) - China is embroiled in territorial disputes with Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam in the South China Sea, and a separate dispute over uninhabited islets known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese in the East China Sea.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (The Brunei Times/ANN) - Brunei’s gross domestic product at constant prices had increased to BN$4.69 billion (US$3.40 billion) in the first quarter of 2016, compared to BN$4.53 billion (US$3.28 billion) in the same period last year.
SUBIC, Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Fishermen whose livelihood depends on the disputed waters are more worried that China may not accept the ruling of the United Nations on the South China Sea row.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Facing foreign dignitaries during his inaugural address, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that he is committed to uphold peace and international agreements.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has bid goodbye to his official residence during his six years as president, making way for new President Rodrigo Duterte.
ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR (Dawn/ANN) - Registered Afghan refugees living in Pakistan will another six-month extension while the government has commited to provision of free-of-cost wheat for relocated camps in Afghanistan for three years.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) - The rain gods have been quite merciful this year, Nepal is likely to see paddy transplantation of above 97 per cent this year if current rainfall trends continues.