MANILA (The Straits Times/ANN) - 170,000-strong police force on top alert as Duterte hosts leaders of regional grouping.

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TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN News Desk) - Democratic People's Republic of Korea marks 85 years of the founding of its army with a "largest ever live artillery drill" presumed to have been overseen by leader Kim Jong-un.

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - The US has nothing to lose by joining the initiative. By doing so, it will be able to secure investment to improve its own outdated infrastructure and reap the benefits of the huge business opportunities that the initiative promises to create.

MANILA (The Straits Times/ANN) - 170,000-strong police force on top alert as Duterte hosts leaders of regional grouping.

PHUKET (The Nation/ANN) - A Facebook page was blocked last night after it broadcast a horrific video clip that showed a man putting a noose around his 11-month-old baby daughter’s neck and hanging her from the roof of an abandoned building in Phuket.

BANGKOK (The Star/ANN) - The Star's editor-in-chief Datuk Leanne Goh of Malaysia is Asia News Network's chairperson for the period 2017/2018.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Still four years to go before Samsung Electronics builds sufficient technology for facial recognition for mobile payments, according to a source from Samsung.

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TOKYO/BEIJING (The Korea Herald/ANN) - The talks mark US President Donald Trump's first phone conversations with both Shinzo Abe and Xi Jinping on the same day and come as North Korea is alleged to be preparing its sixth nuclear test or a missile test. 

TOKYO (The Japan Times/ANN) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is unlikely to break with Beijing, given that his country depends too heavily on China for imports of materials and components. Thus the key to the sustainability of the North’s economic fundamentals lies in the hands of China.

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - Forty-five cities across China have introduced more than 140 new rules on home purchase restrictions in the last 12 months.

DHAKA (The Daily Star/ANN) - Nearly four years ago the Rana Plaza factory collapse killed roughly 1,129 people and injured more than 2,500 garment workers.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN News Desk) - By conducting a joint exercise and showing the firm Japan-US alliance, the aim is to increase pressure on North Korea, which has repeatedly engaged in provocative actions such as ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests.

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - We should not fear smarter thinking machines as these will free us to focus on performing even better

Bangkok (The Nation/ANN) - Myanmar has made substantial shifts towards its relations with major powers comprising China, Russia and the United States. They are key regional players in Southeast Asia which will impact directly on peace and stability as well as economic development in Myanmar.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Myanmar has made substantial shifts towards its relations with major powers comprising China, Russia and the United States. They are key regional players in Southeast Asia which will impact directly on peace and stability as well as economic development in Myanmar.

KUALA LUMPUR (Sin Chew Daily / ANN) - The second round of Jakarta Governor election has ended. Chinese Christian Governer Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is also known as “Ahok” failed in his attempt to seek re-election. He lost to Anies Baswedan.