THIMPU (The Straits Times/ANN) - Bhutan has topped the Lonely Planet's list of best places to visit next year.

KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/Malaysia/ANN) - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has listed Silata,  traditional Malay martial arts form,  under the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity category.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Tim Cook, Apple Inc’s chief executive officer is on a surprise visit to Thailand, as he posted several tweets from his personal twitter account.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - An additional US$8 billion investment will be done by Samsung Electronics in its memory plant in Xian, China, in a preemptive response to the projected growth of memory chip demand.

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Vietnam had seen a soar in investment this year compared to 0.4 per cent last year. In Việt Nam, the leading field attracting venture capital in fintech companies was payment.

NEW DELHI (The Island/ANN) - This year’s Forbes has been topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are among four South Asians who have made it to the top 100.

MANILA (Philippines Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The resolution, which was approved by the US Senate committee on foreign relations, called on the Philippine government to “drop all charges” against Ressa and De Lima, and allow the opposition senator to fully discharge her legislative mandate.

MANILA (Philippines Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippine government is coming up with an onscreen rebuttal of the movie “On the President’s Orders” which is being described as a “cinematic investigation” of the country’s bloody war on drugs.

DHAKA (The Daily Star/ANN) – Says UN, calls on India to review it; Japan PM’s visit postponed as protests spread outside northeast; CMs of 5 states vow to prevent implementation of the act.

ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - Rights groups say Modi-supporting lawmakers have cleared the bill to justify the deportation of thousands of Muslims.