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More than 20 countries from the Pacific region unanimously approved on Tuesday a landmark maritime agreement to reduce the chances of miscommunication that could lead to conflict in busy sea lanes, China Daily reports. A new election can take place in Thailand on July 20 at the earliest, but may be delayed until September, and if conflicting parties do not settle their differences, the risk of another failed poll is "very high," says The Nation quoting an Election Commission member. Five months after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” leveled large swathes of Eastern Visayas in the Philippines, victims' remains continue to turn up, according to Philippine Daily Inquirer. A Japanese oil tanker carrying five million litres of diesel was allegedly robbed and three of its crew are believed kidnapped in the Straits of Malacca early Tuesday morning, says The Star. In Jakarta, a brief, sudden downpour coupled with strong winds damaged property in several parts of the capital Tuesday, The Jakarta Post reports.
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