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Is press freedom an important indicator of democracy? Not necessarily. Cambodia has been under one-party rule for three decades but has a vibrant media sector. However, I would argue that the lack of press freedoms is a strong indicator for an authoritarian state.
 
 
   
Cod Satrusayang
ANN Managing Director
 
 
  Duterte bares new terror plot to attack other Mindanao cities  
 
     
 
  As the military makes its final push to liberate Marawi City, President Duterte yesterday said that Islamic State (IS)-inspired terrorists might simultaneously attack several other cities in Mindanao. Duterte said IS-inspired terrorism would not go away in the next “seven to 10 years” and that they might attack next Zamboanga; Isabela, Basilan; and another city all “at the same time.”

“This terrorism inspired by (the IS) will not go in about seven to 10 years. There will be violence everywhere…They will not disappear. They will regroup anywhere and everywhere,” Duterte said in a speech at the groundbreaking of a military housing project in San Miguel, Bulacan. The President also said he might have to “purge” local government officials of Marawi because none of them told the national government that the terrorists had made tunnels under the city in preparation for a long military siege.
 
 
 
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Trump on NK: My attitude is the one that matters
 
   
 
US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his attitude is "the one that matters" when it comes to resolving the impasse over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Trump made the remark in response to a question about whether he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are on the same page on how to deal with the communist regime.

"I think I have a little bit different attitude on North Korea than other people might have," he told reporters. "And I listen to everybody, but ultimately my attitude is the one that matters, isn't it? That's the way it works. That's the way the system is."
 
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Malaysia's royals call for religious tolerance
 
   
 
The Malay Rulers have expressed their concerns over issues of unity and harmony in the country in light of recent controversies. Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Danial Syed Ahmad said the actions of certain individuals have “gone beyond all acceptable standards of decency, putting at risk the harmony that currently exists within the multi-religious and multi-ethnic society”.

He said in a press statement that the Rulers were of the opinion that the damaging implications of such actions were more severe when they are erroneously associated with or committed in the name of
Islam.
 
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  China and India's stake in Myanmar
 
 
     
 
  It was during the critical times of World War II that China realised that Burma had geostrategic and military significance. The Burma Road is the most illustrious example of Myanmar's importance to China that helped the allied force defeat Japan in World War II. Originated in Assam of India, the road provided a lifeline to the British, Chinese and other allies to move weapons and goods into Japanese-besieged Burma and China.

The relations between India and Burma also date back centuries. Burma was made a province of British India in 1886. In 1937, it became a crown colony of Britain acting as a buffer zone between India and the rest of Asia. However, in the post-independence era, the relations between India and Myanmar varied markedly. While China backed the military government of Myanmar, India rendered its support to the country's pro-democracy movement. While China has been investing in Myanmar for decades, in recent years, one notices greater Indian interests in the country.
 
 
 
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  China's golden week boosts Alipay transactions in Europe
 
 
     
 
  Payments made in European stores using the Chinese mobile payment app Alipay increased six-fold over this month's Golden Week, according to the tech company. Alipay users conducted eight times as many worldwide in-store transactions outside of the Chinese mainland as they did last year during the week-long national holiday.

The UK accounted for 23 percent of Alipay transaction volumes in Europe, the second-highest in the region. Germany, the strongest performer in Europe, accounted for 40 percent, while France generated 22 percent. Italy, where Alipay launched in April, accounted for a further 5 percent of transactions
 
 
 
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