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India seeks details of alleged spy's trial

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - India has sought details of the trial in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case from Pakistan 

Malaysia remains China’s valuable trading partner

JOHOR BARU (The Star/ ANN) - Malaysia remains China’s valuable trading partner despite the recent clampdown on capital outflow by Beijing, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

Duterte and De Lima listed on Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People’

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila de Lima, the most vocal critic of his war on drugs, have been included in Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.”

China shoos away Filipino fishermen from Spratlys

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Filipino fishermen were reportedly harassed by the Chinese coast guard at the Union Bank, a territory within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, but also claimed by China. 

A congressman on Thursday urged the government to file a strong diplomatic protest against China for firing warning shots to drive Filipino fishermen away from Union Bank, in the heavily disputed Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea.

China warns Philippine military planes in South China Sea

PAG-ASA ISLAND, South China Sea (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - China warned transport plane boarded by the Philippines’ defence chief and other officials on their way to a disputed territory in South China Sea. 

China challenged two Philippine military planes on its way to the Philippine-claimed Pagasa Island (Thitu) on Friday here in the disputed South China Sea.

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.