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People planning to return to their hometowns wait at a checkpoint to leave Ho Chi Minh City in the early hours of Friday (Oct 1, 2021), following the easing of strict Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions that had been in place for the past three months. - AFP

Malaysia:

Umno not part of Perikatan, no reason to negotiate seats, says Tok Mat

Umno to defend all seats won in GE14, says Ahmad Zahid

Covid-19: 11,889 new cases bring total to 2,257,584

Covid-19: Sinovac vaccine gets conditional approval for those aged 12 and above

Covid-19: Mu variant yet to be detected in Malaysia

86.3% of Malaysia's adult population fully vaccinated as of Thursday (Sept 30)

KJ: As govt wants to reopen all sectors safely, only fully vaxxed allowed access to facilities

Only fully-vaccinated individuals allowed into facilities

Govt to enhance support systems for senior citizens, says PM

Forest reserves, eco-parks to reopen in Selangor from Saturday (Oct 2)

Ringgit higher on lingering optimism over economic reopening

IHS Markit: Malaysia's PMI edges up to 48.1 in September

Sabah still in talks with Petronas for larger share of oil revenue, Ongkili

Main thrust of Aukus is regional security, not nuclear armament, says US ambassador

Zero Waste Malaysia launches 30-Day Zero Waste Challenge to encourage waste-free lifestyle

Singaporean seniors seen registering for Covid 19-booster vaccine at Bishan Vaccination Centre on Friday (Oct 1, 2021). - The Straits Times/ANNSingaporean seniors seen registering for Covid 19-booster vaccine at Bishan Vaccination Centre on Friday (Oct 1, 2021). - The Straits Times/ANN

Singapore:


Singapore's Covid-19 death toll goes past 100 and a total of 2,909 new cases reported on Friday (Oct 1)

Singapore govt advises seniors to avoid dining at hawker centres and opt for take away food instead

Criticism grows in Singapore of proposed foreign meddling law

Singapore central bank plans digital platform to fight money laundering

Frustration with new Covid curbs as Singapore moves to open up

Oil slips as OPEC+ considers boosting output in tight market

Asian shares tumble after S&P 500 logs first monthly drop of 2021

950,000 HDB households to receive GST rebates in October

Singapore records 2,478 new Covid-19 cases, two more seniors die on Thursday night (Sept 30)

Changes to draft Bill sought

Villagers make their way in a boat through a flooded palm oil plantation as they leave their village after heavy rain inundated a large area in Matangkuli, Indonesia's Aceh province on Friday (Oct 1, 2021). - AFPVillagers make their way in a boat through a flooded palm oil plantation as they leave their village after heavy rain inundated a large area in Matangkuli, Indonesia's Aceh province on Friday (Oct 1, 2021). - AFP

Indonesia:

Indonesia reports a low 1,624 new Covid-19 cases but country's inflation rate now at 1.60% - much higher than Sept 2020

Four Indonesian hackers arrested for US$6 million international scam

Indonesia's inflation stands at 1.60 per cent in September as govt approves spending budget for 2022

Indonesia eyes top income tax bracket, raises Value-Added Tax in new Bill

Seven killed in Indonesia landslide

PGN, KAI to build virtual pipeline system to develop Indonesia's gas market

Indonesian village projects offer hope in climate fight

Bracing for the third wave of Covid-19 infections

Thailand:

Thailand capital Bangkok to reopen more businesses in October

Thailand's Bangkok and historical Ayutthaya city hit by severe flooding

Thailand eases Covid-19 restrictions and cuts quarantine period as daily cases are going lower

Emerging markets -Thai baht set for best day in a week, Singapore stocks shed 1%

Tropical storm Dianmu destroys farmland in 36 Thai provinces

Thailand records 11,754 Covid-19 cases and 123 deaths

Phuket bookings to rise as Thailand cuts entry period to 7 days

Opposition parties seek probe of vaccination management

Philippine senator and newly retired boxing icon Manny Pacquiao waves to his supporters as he arrives at Sofitel Hotel to file his certificate of candidacy for president, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on Friday, October 1, 2021. - ReutersPhilippine senator and newly retired boxing icon Manny Pacquiao waves to his supporters as he arrives at Sofitel Hotel to file his certificate of candidacy for president, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on Friday, October 1, 2021. - Reuters

Philippines:

Philippines reports 15,566 new Covid-19 cases as total surges to 2,565,487

Philippines' debt balloons to US$228.68 billion as unemployment rate up 8.1 per cent August

My presidency candidacy is not just for myself and my family but also for the Filipino people, says boxing icon Pacquiao

Higher energy, food prices may have pushed September inflation above 5%: Philippine central bank

Philippines loosens coronavirus curbs in capital region

Pacquiao jumps into race to succeed Philippine president

Hong Kong freezes domestic helper wages for second straight year, officials point to coronavirus-hit economy as a factor

'It is a circus': Philippine election season kicks off

Labours wearing face masks work at a private factory after restrictions imposed for the past three months due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic were lifted, in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Friday. - ReutersLabours wearing face masks work at a private factory after restrictions imposed for the past three months due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic were lifted, in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Friday. - Reuters

Vietnam:

Vietnam reports 6,957 new Covid-19 cases as Ho Chi MInh streets are busy again after reopening and daily infections going down

HMS Richmond docks in Vietnam amid South China Sea tensions

Vietnam's ARCT-154 vaccine safe for healthy volunteers according to initial results

Vietnam among most watches countries on TikTok

Vietnam telecom provider Viettel receives two more exclusive patents in US

Airlines in Vietnam split on implementing floor price

HCM city to end virus lockdown after three months

Myanmar:

Rights groups, US urge full probe of Rohingya leader's death

UN official says Myanmar's people are in 'a severe crisis'

Rohingya militants 'saddened' by killing of civil society leader

Myanmar's economic crisis fuels underground currency trading

Myanmar anti-coup resistance drags military into bloody stalemate

Rohingya refugee leader shot dead in Bangladesh

A trainer training dogs at the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) in Kampong Chhnang province, where Cambodia's anti-landmine authorities are training dogs to detect the Covid-19 coronavirus in people carrying the virus, - AFPA trainer training dogs at the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) in Kampong Chhnang province, where Cambodia's anti-landmine authorities are training dogs to detect the Covid-19 coronavirus in people carrying the virus, - AFP

Cambodia:

Cambodia reports 232 Covid-19 cases and another 17 more deaths on Friday (Oct 1); govt says 83% of people vaccinated

Five lost Cambodian artifacts returned to Cambodia from Britain

Cambodia jails news site owner for a year over false posts

Dogs trained to find landmines now sniff out virus

Laos:

Lockdown extended in Laos until Oct 15 as Covid-19 cases continue to rise

Laos govt passes decree ordering huge cut in spending on state vehicles

Research finds closest relatives of Covid-19 virus among bats in Laos

Most stations on Laos-China Railway now complete

Brunei:

Brunei deeply values traditional ties with China: Princess Hajah Masna

Brunei detects 166 Covid-19 cases and three new clusters

Xi: China's ties with Brunei a model of success

China, Brunei vow to further strengthen ties

People visit Yu Garden during China's national day marking the 72nd anniversary of the establishment of the People's Republic of China and the country's

Asean:

Tata wins Air India in historic deal decades in making

China sends 25 jets into Taiwan's defence zone on National Day

Malaysia’s help needed to ease global chip shortage, Taiwan says

Japan's Takeda says 'human error' caused contamination of Moderna vaccines

Former Olympics minister Suzuki to be next Japan finance minister: Yomiuri

Japan's restaurants, bars welcome back drinkers as Covid-19 controls ease

Blinken says N.Korea increasing 'instability and insecurity'

New version of China’s most advanced air-to-air missile the PL-15 is destined for export market

North Korea fires anti-aircraft missile in latest test

Overcoming criticism, Japanese princess set to marry on October 26

S.Korea extends social distancing curbs as Covid-19 cases rise in Seoul

EU postpones trade talks with Australia amid submarine deal fallout

Covid-19 chronicle of WHO mission published

China factories contract for first time since virus

Moody’s: Refinancing risks will rise for Chinese property developers

Era of driverless vehicles on the way to reality in China
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