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Pufferfish reach $168 at 1st Shimonoseki auction

YAMAGUCHI, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - The first winning bids for this season’s Japanese pufferfish reached as much as ¥19,000 ($168) per kilogram at the Haedomari Market in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, early Friday. Buyers and auctioneers agreed on prices with hand signals inside black cloths around the auctioneers’ arms. 

FEATURE: Next chapter in China

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - As publishers enter new markets, Chinese titles are finding more readers in Belt and Road countries and beyond

OPINION: Tackling rising natural disasters

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - Intense monsoon floods, Typhoon Hato, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma all raise questions about what more can be done to both mitigate the risks of extreme weather conditions and improve relief operations.

Duterte to lift martial law ‘when it’s safe in Mindanao’

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte said he would lift martial law in Mindanao once it was proven that the place is safe from terror threats and from the spillage of extremists in other areas. 

FEATURE: Book to the future

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - A former Hong Kong headmaster has spent a decade building libraries to improve the prospects of illiterate children in the Chinese mainland's Hunan province.

Mobile triggers bomb scare on Jet Airways flight


Police on Thursday reported that a bomb scare on a Jet Airways flight bound for Bangkok from New Delhi apparently resulted from a miscommunication after a passenger found a mobile phone in the storage space in front of him.

The incident resulted in Suvarnabhumi Airport activating its emergency plan.

Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017 sheds light on progress towards country’s digital transformation


Thailand is staging the “Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017” exhibition under the concept of Digital Transformation Thailand.

The government says now marks the beginning of the implementation part of its efforts to reform economy and society into Thailand 4.0.

The exhibition feature the latest technological innovations, and brings together more than 120 companies engaged in digital technology that are sharing their insights.

Decision on abdication date to be made this year

The government will decide the date for the Emperor’s abdication and for changing the era name from Heisei to a new era by the end of this year, according to multiple government sources.

OECD: GDP to increase 6.8% in 2017

Forecast for economic growth higher due to infrastructure investment

China's economic growth will reach 6.8 percent year-on-year in 2017, although it may moderate next year to 6.6 percent, according to a forecast released on Wednesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Analysts said the growth of the world's second-largest economy remains on track despite weakening indicators for August.

NK says Trump threat is 'sound of dog barking'

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho slammed US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying his threat to destroy the nation amounted to "the sound of a dog barking."

Ri arrived in New York earlier in the day to attend the UN General Assembly.

Speaking to reporters in front of his hotel, he issued the regime's first response to Trump's threat a day earlier to "totally destroy" North Korea if it poses a direct threat to the US or its allies.