Pakistani forces are not only fighting militant groups but also facing the enormous task of fencing off the country's longest border with Afghanistan that runs through rugged mountains.

With the United States widely expected to raise interest rates before the end of the year and the growing optimism surrounding the possibility of U.S. President Donald Trump administration's implementation of generous tax reform policy, many Australian economists are predicting the local currency will take a sharp dive against the greenback in the coming months.

South Korea's ruling Democratic Party lawmakers against the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) on Monday cast doubts on its missile interception capability on the Korean Peninsula.

With Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong beginning his official visit to China on Tuesday, the two countries are expected to discuss deepening cooperation in various sectors.