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An Indonesian activist from ECOTON (ecological observation and wetland conservation) prepares an installation made with used plastic, including 4,444 bottles, collected from the river in Gresik on Friday, September 17, 2021, to raise public awareness of plastic waste in rivers and oceans. - AFP

Malaysia

Covid-19: 17,577 new cases bring total to 2,067,327

Covid-19: Death toll reaches 22,355 with 346 total fatalities reported on Thursday (Sept 16)

Covid-19: 19 new clusters reported on Friday (Sept 17), 11 linked to workplaces

Pahang teens to receive Covid-19 vaccinations from Monday (Sept 20)

JKJAV: Nearly 40 million doses of vaccines given as of Thursday (Sept 16)

Oct 21 for hearing of Najib and Nazifuddin's stay bid in tax arrears suit

Govt to channel RM500mil aid to SMEs from Sept 21, says PM

Teacher charged with 32 counts of unnatural sex, sexual grooming of students

Sino-Malaysian cooperation soared despite pause in conventional interaction during Covid-19 pandemic, says China Embassy

Government drafting amendments to RU355, says PM

Tabung Haji says its ready to manage pilgrims’ health and safety for next haj season

'Pandemic or no pandemic', Khairy's appeal in Anwar defamation suit must proceed, says court

Artists perform during a rehearsal for the Indonesian activists from ECOTON (ecological observation and wetland conservation) prepare an installation made with used plastic collected from the river in Gresik on Tuesday, September 17, 2021, to raise public awareness of plastic waste in rivers and oceans. - AFP

Singapore

Singapore: 934 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases in country, highest since April last year - only one imported case on Friday

Singapore optimistic as severe Covid-19 cases remain low despite current rise in virus infections

100 vending machines to be set up across Singapore for collection of Covid-19 self-test kits

Singapore foreign minister’s apology lays bare angst over elite school obsession and class divide

Singapore plans to improve worker dormitories after virus outbreak

Singapore: Coronavirus compounds climate disasters but shows action can work, says Red Cross

Oil fall as US storm-hit supply makes slow return

Hackers pose as S’pore bank customers by stealing OTPs, making S$500K in fake credit card payments

New marine climate science programme to call for proposals

Indonesian activists from ECOTON (ecological observation and wetland conservation) prepare an installation made with used plastic collected from the river in Gresik on Tuesday, September 17, 2021, to raise public awareness of plastic waste in rivers and oceans. - AFPPajaree Anannarukarn, of Thailand, watches her tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic golf tournament in West Linn, Oregon. - AP

Indonesia


Indonesia to reopen Bali for international visitors in October as govt announces 3,835 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (Sept 17)

Indonesia warns against arms race after Australian nuclear sub pact

Indonesia may reopen to tourists from some countries in October, says minister

Indonesian environment ministry to appeal air pollution verdict

Cops arrest six Indonesians, seize 17 replica weapons in Mukah

Indonesia posts record trade surplus and exports in August

Indonesia reinstates temporary tax break for small-car sales

Indonesia's demographic dividend threatened by lengthy Covid-19 school closures

Retired jet perched on Bali cliff to draw tourists

Aiming to be global vax hub

Joko found negligent over pollution

Pajaree Anannarukarn, of Thailand, watches her tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic golf tournament in West Linn, Oregon. - APStreets are deserted during a lockdown in Vung Tau, Vietnam. More than a half of Vietnam is currently under a lockdown order to contain its worst coronavirus outbreak yet. - AP

Thailand


Thailand govt eyes wider opening of economy as it reports 14,555 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (Sept 17)

Thailand: Unesco declares Chiang Mai’s Doi Chiang Dao as new biosphere reserve; Vietnam's ecological beauties also included

Southern Thai tourism industry player proposes "Danok Sandbox" to revive economy

Emerging markets -Thai stocks, baht fall on reports of delayed Bangkok reopening as Philippine stocks lead losses in region

Thailand postpones Bangkok's reopening to Oct 15 as targeted vaccination rate yet to be achieved

Bangkok protesters skate for democracy

Philippines

Philippines take more virus measures as country logs 20,336 new Covid-19 cases and total rises to 2,324,475

Philippines seizes more than 800 spiders in parcels from Poland; sent via 'snail mail'

Philippines and Indonesia receive further COVAX vaccine aid a Thailand steps up vaccination

Philippine central bank tempers outlook as it cuts 2021 current account surplus forecast

Philippines: Duterte's daughter to seek re-election as Davao mayor, despite calls for presidency run

Duterte snubs ICC probe

Streets are deserted during a lockdown in Vung Tau, Vietnam.  More than a half of Vietnam is currently under a lockdown order to contain its worst coronavirus outbreak yet.  - APThe grandson of Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen receives a dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Friday, September 17, 2021, as the country begins vaccinating children aged between six and 12. - AFP

Vietnam

Vietnam reports 11,521 new Covid-19 cases, 667,650 in total - Ho Chi Minh City still highest with 5,972 infections

Vietnam joins China, Cambodia, Singapore and S. Korea in pledging joint efforts on anti-pandemic cooperation, multilateralism

China halts Vietnam’s US$1 billion dragon fruit trade over Covid-19 issues

Over 1,500 children orphaned by Covid-19 in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam: Capital Hanoi narrows lockdown areas to recover business and production

Hotel in Vietnam offers 'behind-the-scenes' tour to guests

Myanmar

Asean delivers Covid-19 medical aid to Myanmar

Attacks on Myanmar telecom towers show evolving tactics in conflict

Myanmar junta to put Suu Kyi on trial for corruption

Myanmar: Cases lower as Ministry of Health reports 1,790 cases as anther 85 deaths reported

Myanmar junta wanted spy gear on network, says Telenor

The grandson of Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen receives a dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Friday, September 17, 2021, as the country begins vaccinating children aged between six and 12. - AFPTravellers wearing protective masks wait in line at a departure gate at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday, Sept 17, 2021. South Korean financial markets will close from Sept 20 to Sept 22 for the Chuseok holiday. - Bloomberg

Cambodia

Over 2,600 schools reopen amid all-out Covid-19 jab campaign; 698 cases on Friday (Sept 17)

Hun Sen touts ‘blossoming’ strategy as Phnom Penh joins world’s cities with highest Covid vaccination rate

Over 50,000 Cambodian migrant workers get Covid-19 jabs as cases continue to rise in the country

Covid-19 jab drive for kids aged six to 11 begins today

Laos

French agency renews support for sustainable development in northern Laos

Laos: Health ministry going ahead with plans to vaccinate final year student; 219 local cases are recorded on Friday (Sept 17)

Laos govt announces that Covid-19 control measures are extended until Sept 30

Brunei

Brunei public breathes easy again after vaccine drive resumption in country

Covid-19: Long road from pandemic to endemic, says Brunei health minister

Brunei continues Covid-19 vaccination with China's Sinopharm donations

Travellers wearing protective masks wait in line at a departure gate at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday, Sept 17, 2021. South Korean financial markets will close from Sept 20 to Sept 22 for the Chuseok holiday. - Bloomberg

AseanPlus

EU unveils Indo-Pacific strategy, and admits US’ new ‘Aukus’ alliance came as a surprise

Amazon, Microsoft swoop in on US$24bil India farm-data trove

Australian premier dismisses Chinese response to security alliance

Bumpy road as ageing Japan bets on self-driving cars

‘Happy’ SpaceX tourist crew spend first day whizzing around Earth

Beijing slams South China Sea ‘provocation’ after turning away German warship

Coronavirus outbreak in Fujian poses fresh threat to China’s troubled travel market

Chinese astronauts preparing to return to earth after three-month mission on Tiangong space station

Chinese mainland reports 62 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases; total now above 95,000

France warns ‘Aukus’ alliance threatens security partnerships in Indo-Pacific

China applies to join Pacific trade pact to boost economic clout

China unemployment: Beijing’s regulatory crackdowns pose yet another hurdle for young urban jobseekers

Over 60 S.Korean crypto exchanges set to suspend services next week

Earthquake shakes China’s Sichuan province, killing two and injuring 59

China’s carbon neutral goal: Beijing approves creation of power grid equipment giant to meet decarbonisation needs

Hong Kong protests: Scientist pleads guilty to unlawful assembly over riot in which radical was shot

Coronavirus: New single-jab guidance for Hong Kong youths will open door for more face-to-face school classes, adviser says

Musk lauds Chinese carmakers as Tesla moves to repair image

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