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Singapore to attend Silk Road summit

BEIJING (The Straits Times/ANN) - Lawrence Wong to lead team to Belt and Road Forum hosted by China next month

Singapore is sending a delegation to a summit hosted by China next month on its new Silk Road plan.

Insurgents' attacks in Thai south a likely tactical move

BANGKOK (The Straits Times/ANN) - Analysts say latest bombing blitz was timed to press Bangkok over separatists' demands Over a dozen bombings took place across the restive southern Thailand on Wednesday night, the second wave of synchronised attacks this month. While no one has claimed responsibility, analysts say the blitz - which did not kill anyone save for two insurgents in an apparent accident - was timed to press Bangkok over a recent demand by separatist insurgents for fresh terms of an ongoing peace dialogue.

Samsung to upgrade Galaxy S8 software for red-tinted screen

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Samsung says it will improve on Galaxy S8's red-tinted screens for which it has been receiving complaints from dissatisfied customers. 

In a swift move seen to quell doubts over its latest smartphone quality, Samsung Electronics confirmed Friday that it will be upgrading the Galaxy S8 software criticized by some for having red-tinted screens.

Trial of ousted Park to begin on May 2

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Former President Park Geun-hye will have the first trial for the corruption charges that had her impeached.

The trial of former President Park Geun-hye will begin on May 2, a week before the nation elects a new president. 

Japan, Australia want peaceful solution to N. Korea threat

TOKYO (The Straits Times/ANN) - Both support US' approach of laying out all options but say China needs to do more to help.

Japan and Australia, long-time allies of the United States, support Washington's approach of laying down all options on the table to curb the North Korean threat.

Japan shifts TPP course due to concerns over bilateral talks

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) — The Japan government has decided to aim for effectuation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement without the United States. With this new direction set, the government aims to contain the U.S. demand for bilateral talks.

Beijing urges US to change export policies to diminish its trade deficit

BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - Beijing urged Washington on Wednesday to “adjust its outdated policies” on exports to China in light of a recent analysis saying US policy in areas like high-tech goods “significantly contributes” to its trade deficit with China.

Anies set to take over as Jakarta governor

JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Former minister vows to safeguard diversity, unity after bitter contest marred by religious, racial tensions

Trump likely to attend Asean Summit in Philippines, says envoy

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - US President Donald Trump has reportedly indicated interest in attending the Asean summit in the Philippines in November. 

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