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Baduy women plant rice in the fields at Ciboleger village in Banten, Indonesia, due to the tradition of auspicious days for farming in their custom. - AFP

Malaysia:

Covid-19: Another 5,666 new cases, cumulative total now 2,431,716

Covid-19 Watch: 94.5pc of adults in Malaysia fully vaccinated

Covid-19: Only 107 of 5,666 new cases show serious symptoms, says Health DG

Covid-19: Relaxed restrictions, declining SOP adherence possibly behind case increase in Sabah, says Masidi

Covid-19: People must comply with preventive measures to ensure Malaysia’s economic recovery success,

Khairy leading Malaysian delegation to WHO conference in Japan

Budget 2022 will address foreign worker shortage issue, says Deputy Finance Minister

Malaysia is on track to achieve a 40% recycling rate by 2025

Melaka Polls: No political gatherings from Oct 25 to Nov 27 due to Covid-19 concerns, says KJ

Warisan not contesting all seats in the next GE, says information chief

Ringgit likely to be in tight range against the greenback next week

Upbeat outlook for Bursa this week, CI may retest 1,600 key level

People visiting Fatahilah museum at Kota Tua old town following the government reopening of tourism spots in Jakarta on Sunday, October 24, 2021. - AFPPeople visiting Fatahilah museum at Kota Tua old town following the government reopening of tourism spots in Jakarta on Sunday, October 24, 2021. - AFP

Singapore:

Singapore reports 15 more Covid-19 deaths, 3,383 new infections

Singapore: 117 patients, staff at Bukit Merah polyclinic given wrong, lower dose of Covid-19 vaccine

MOH releases two new daily charts to better reflect Covid-19 situation in Singapore

Impact of Covid-19 pandemic more drastic on women, says Singapore President Halimah

Chinese actress Gong Li reportedly renouncing Singapore citizenship

Singapore to resume travel from South Asia, eases measures for those from Malaysia, Indonesia

Poll to relax or extend restrictions

Indonesia:

Indonesia needs more than a military strategy for the Natunas

Indonesia tightens air travel curbs to brace itself for holiday season

China power crisis boosts coal imports from Indonesia to record

Indonesia: Charter airline Pelita Air may take over Garuda

Commodity strength, economic recovery brightens Indonesian rupiah's prospects, says survey

A member of the bar staff preparing a kratom-infused mocktail at the Teens of Thailand cocktail bar in Bangkok. - As gin bottles gather dust, a Bangkok bar owner is trying to keep his joint going through a covid booze ban with fruity mocktails seasoned with kratom, a recently decriminalised tropical herb. - AFPA member of the bar staff preparing a kratom-infused mocktail at the Teens of Thailand cocktail bar in Bangkok. - As gin bottles gather dust, a Bangkok bar owner is trying to keep his joint going through a covid booze ban with fruity mocktails seasoned with kratom, a recently decriminalised tropical herb. - AFP

Thailand:


Thailand govt says that special permission needed to sell drinks containing kratom

Thai-born superstar Lisa of Blackpink to grace country's 2022 New Year extravaganza

Thailand: Baht 130 million stolen by hackers returned in full

Thailand eyes one million tourists during high season from November to March

Curfew to be lifted in 11 provinces including Bangkok

Philippines:

Philippines logs 5,279 new Covid-19 cases and another 208 more deaths on Sunday (Oct 24)

Philippines receives new batch China's Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines; more than 25 million Filipinos now vaccinated

Bicycles: A boredom buster and lifeline amid pandemic in the Philippines - A special Straits Times report

Asia stocks hurt as profit forecasts at 12-year low versus world; Philippines expected to be among worst hit

Philippines DOH approves Covid-19 booster shots for health workers and seniors

Philippines' Synergy Grid, country's only electricity grid operator, prices US$273 million follow-on offer at bottom

Women wearing the traditional Ao Dai dress pose for photographs along the Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi  to commemorate Vietnamese Women's Day. - AFPWomen wearing the traditional Ao Dai dress pose for photographs along the Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi to commemorate Vietnamese Women's Day. - AFP

Vietnam:

Vietnam reports 4,045 new Covid-19 cases, 888,940 in total

Work on a series of key projects worth over $12 billion starts in Vietnam's Quang Ninh

Vans sneaker maker VF sales stumble on supply hurdles especially after Covid-19 issues in Vietnam

Vietnam is opening up as Asean reported over 31,000 Covid-19 cases on Saturday (Oct 24)

HCM City to offer Covid-19 jabs for migrants

Phu Quoc island to open in November

Myanmar:

Myanmar junta says no negotiations with coup dissidents

Myanmar says it's committed to Asean peace plan, despite general's snub

Plunging currency, dollar drought worsen Myanmar economic crisis

Junta party wants talks with dissidents

Myanmar decries move to block junta leader

UN fears ‘mass atrocity’

Cambodia topped 2021's London-based international website Rough Guides’ ‘World’s Friendliest Countries’ list, followed by the Philippines, Laos, Nepal and Thailand. -- Phnom Penh Post/ANNCambodia topped 2021's London-based international website Rough Guides’ ‘World’s Friendliest Countries’ list, followed by the Philippines, Laos, Nepal and Thailand. -- Phnom Penh Post/ANN

Cambodia:


Democracy still languishes 30 years after Cambodia peace deal in Paris

Cambodia arrests six drug criminals, seizing over 200kg of illicit drug worth millions

United Nations officials praise Cambodia as more Covid-19 vaccine jabs arrive in country

PM recalls strategy on peace deal anniversary

Laos:

Laos provinces continue lockdowns to slow down Covid-19 transmissions

Laos govt resolves to address inflation, debt and unemployment hindering country's progress

Laos: New reports highlight impacts of human and environmental incursions in Mekong

Brunei:

Brunei Covid-19 cases passes 12,000 mark onn Sunday (Oct 24) - 212 new cases and five new clusters

Brunei national vaccination rate may exceed 100 per cent, says minister

Brunei donates vaccine to the Philippines; its Covid-19 cases rise to 11,901

Hu Xuwei, of China, competes in the parallel bars during the men's apparatus finals of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, western Japan, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. - AFPHu Xuwei, of China, competes in the parallel bars during the men's apparatus finals of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, western Japan, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. - AFP

Asean:


China warns of further spread in latest Covid-19 flare-up

Cartoon dreams: Japan anime school targets booming global demand

Asean in the spotlight again

Pakistan look to end India losing streak in T20 World Cup blockbuster

Wuhan Marathon postponed after China Covid-19 surge

US envoy urges North Korea to stop missile tests

Transforming agrifood systems in the march to end hunger

Keeping the region safe

Bollywood stars, Indian celebrities launch NFTs amid global craze

China’s ‘unfair trade practices’ draw heavy fire at WTO trade review

Details of ‘safe haven’ programme for Hongkongers in the US are released

US ambassador to China nominee takes tough line toward Beijing, cites ‘genocide in Xinjiang’ and need to support Taiwan

Former Hong Kong taxi group director, 10 others jailed for roles in 2016 Legislative Council vote-buying scheme

Biden sparks confusion with commitment to Taiwan’s defence if Beijing attacks

EU urged not to interfere in Taiwan ties

Melbourne to ease more Covid curbs as 80% vaccination rate nears

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