MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - To ease road congestion in the National Capital Region, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMFA) in crafting a five-year traffic management action plan.

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - Japan hopes bilateral financial cooperation, including resumption of currency swap arrangements, will pave the way for a meeting between Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in October.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippines stands to gain an additional over $42 million in exports of mostly electronic products to the US in the next six years amid a full-blown trade war between the United States and China, the country's chief economist has said.

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - The irreverent and crazy Hello Mr. Billionaire, by directing duo Yan Fei and Peng Damo, is not great art, but it sails right past the American-directed film Crazy Rich Asians in its courageous irreverence, social satire and exposure of the rich-poor divide.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will meet Thursday to act on the economic team’s recommendation that President Rodrigo Duterte declare a state of calamity in the aftermath of typhoon “Ompong” (international name: Mangkhut) in order to tap a standby World Bank loan.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries has held a steel cutting ceremony for the Philippine Navy’s second guided-missile frigate (P160) on Monday.

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) -  Paul Yeung argues that while the SAR government’s preventive actions deserve credit, the following-day traffic chaos shows more could have been done

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Two students from Nueva Ecija, Philippines emerged victorious in a data analytics competition held by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Foundation and multinational software company SAP on Wednesday.

YANGON, Myanmar (Eleven Media Group/ANN) - Yangon West District Court has sentenced Ngar Min Swe to seven years in prison plus a fine of Ks100,000 under Section 124 (A) of the Penal Code of Myanmar for posting derogatory remarks to the State Counsellor on Facebook.

YANGON, Myanmar (Eleven Media Group/ANN) - The 11th anniversary of Saffron Revolution was celebrated at Dhamma Piya Monastery in Thingangyun Township, Yangon on September 18.