HAVANA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) — Here in Havana, I feel as if I’ve traveled not just to a different place, but also a different time. In the old city, Ernest Hemingway’s Cuba lives on, with 1950s Cadillacs and Chevrolets rambling about the streets under the heat of the tropical sun, while tourists relax in bars and open-air cafés sipping Cuba Libres, mojitos and daiquiris. 

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia (Sin Chew Daily/ ANN) - A Taiwanese turns to be an artificial finger designer after losing his right palm in an accident at work three years ago. He picked up computer design, set up `Taiwan’s finger of miracles` to design prosthetic fingers for those in need free of charge, regardless of their country of origin. He is in Malaysia after making prosthetic fingers for Cai Yu Zheng, who is born without complete set of fingers. 

KUALA LUMPUR (Sin Chew Daily/ ANN) - The number of Malaysian studying in Taiwan has been increased over the last five years, including nine Malay students, this year. More Muslim-friendly facilities are expected to be available in future. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) — The revised Health Promotion Law passed on Wednesday requires a wide range of cooperation from relevant industries, including restaurants and bars, to be effectively implemented to reduce passive smoking.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte may have “set aside” the international arbitral ruling favouring the country’s claims in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), but the defence establishment is continuing to undertake measures to protect Philippine sovereignty and territorial rights, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - The 10th edition of the ‘Delhi Dialogue’ got underway in New Delhi on Thursday with ‘Strengthening India-Asean Maritime Cooperation’ as its theme.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has been named one of the Top 50 Airlines in the World by independent flight review firm Skytrax, which released a new ranking based on a recent airline passenger survey.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippines is not bound by United States laws, Malacañang said on Thursday, as it dismissed possible sanctions from Washington if Manila pushes through with its purchase of grenade launchers from a blacklisted Russian firm.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - In India today, there are nearly 100 million children in the age group of 15-18 years and one billion children will pass through this stage over the next decade. However, only one in every two children in this age group is studying, less than 15 per cent of the schools have the opportunities for secondary and higher education, only one in every three school-going children finish Class XII. Of these, 4.1 million are working and studying.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Peter Wallace: My daughter is a successful environmental scientist. She is also suffering from mental illness, but has fought it, and is winning.