BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Investors should have more confidence in the economy now that the political ban has been lifted and political parties can present their policy platforms in the run-up to the general elections, an economist said on Tuesday. 

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Deputy Leader of the the United National Party (UNP), Sajith Premadasa said yesterday that the Constitutional coup perpetrated by President Maithripala Sirisena to remove Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, would be countered successfully, as UNPers at grassroots level had taken up the cause of their leader, with a great deal of enthusiasm.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Critics unhappy that repeal of junta order does not extend to detainees.

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - Japan decided to exclude Huawei and ZTE from official contracts citing “security issues”, but China insists there is no convincing evidence of such issues.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - The services industry is the key to Thailand’s future economic growth but to succeed, it will need to liberalise regulations on trade in services, according to experts from the World Bank and the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). 

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - National Human Rights Commission blames difference in understanding; expert puts it down to abuse of power.

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - It has been generally concluded that British Prime Minister Theresa May postponed a parliamentary vote on Brexit scheduled for Tuesday as she anticipated a crushing defeat.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Shocking inequality has been fuelled by elitist junta rule; rival parties must offer alternative visions ahead of election.

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Over the medium term, in line with global trends, Vietnam would see a slower pace of 6.6 and 6.5 per cent in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Inflation would remain muted at 4 per cent as the result of tightening monetary policies.

SINGAPORE (The  Straits Times/ANN) - Around 73 per cent of online shoppers bought items from overseas, a study by Ipsos found.