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Students seated on chairs with plastic barriers attend a class as several schools in the Philippines' capital reopen for the first time since the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on Monday, Dec 6, 2021. - Reuters

Malaysia:

Covid-19 Watch: 4,262 new cases bring total to 2,663,034

Covid-19: Malaysia achieves significant milestone in adolescent vaccination, says KJ

National R0 currently at 0.97, says Noor Hisham

Malaysia-S'pore VTL-Sea could be discussed as early as January, says Johor MB

US state secretary Blinken to visit Malaysia and Indonesia next week

Zahid to know on Jan 24 if he has to enter his defence in graft trial

Caught wet-handed: 303 nabbed at wild pool party

Sabah eyeing RM25bil in investments from wide range of projects to lift economy out of pandemic slump

School dropout rate lower during pandemic than in previous years, Dewan Rakyat told

Foreign outflow accelerates to RM550.9mil on Bursa amid Covid, Fed policy fears

Badminton: Peng Soon, Liu Ying disbanding partnership

Football: Harimau Malaya off to roaring start in AFF Suzuki Cup

A Singapore tech team from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are now turning cockroaches into life-saving cyborg bugs at disaster sites. The cockroaches can distinguish between human and non-human subjects with 87 per cent accuracy. - The Straits Times/ANNA Singapore tech team from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are now turning cockroaches into life-saving cyborg bugs at disaster sites. The cockroaches can distinguish between human and non-human subjects with 87 per cent accuracy. - The Straits Times/ANN

Singapore:


662 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore; 2 earlier imported cases now confirmed to have Omicron variant on Monday (Dec 6)

S’pore team turning cockroaches into life-saving cyborg bugs at disaster sites

Singapore Opposition party chiefs face scrutiny in lying scandal

Singapore central bank urges prudence in bank finances amid pandemic recovery

Oil rebounds by more than US$1 after Saudi price hike

Singapore court jails maid for abusing 76-year-old bedridden woman

NTU scientists discover 'cure' for asthma in dust found in rural farms

Creator of Netflix series Squid Game is The Straits Times Asian of the Year

Sugar, spice and not all things nice

Indonesia:

Indonesia reports 130 new Covid-19 cases and nine more deaths as death toll from Semeru volcano eruption rises to 22

VTL expected to be opened between Malaysia and Indonesia by early next year

Reuters special write-up - Indonesia governor says will signal policy rate moves ahead of time

Emerging markets: Indonesian rupiah drops and hit three-month low as Asian stocks and FX mixed on Omicron concerns

Indonesia volcano erupts again, hampering rescue operations

Poor weather hampers search and rescue efforts at Indonesia volcano

Volcano deaths on the rise

Indonesia to resume umrah

Damaged houses affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru volcano are seen in Pronojiwo village, Lumajang, East Java province, Indonesia, on Monday, December 6, 2021, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. - Voa ReutersDamaged houses affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru volcano are seen in Pronojiwo village, Lumajang, East Java province, Indonesia, on Monday, December 6, 2021, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. - Voa Reuters

Thailand:

Prayut urges people to ‘be aware’ but not panic over Thailand’s first Omicron case; daily cases also at a low 4,000 on Monday

Thailand: Spread of Omicron Covid-19 variant can be controlled if measures strictly adhered to, says top expert

Asian shares slide after China Evergrande warns of cash woes

South Korea and Asean agree to quicken customs procedure for their FTA

Thailand detects first case of Omicron variant

Thailand records 4,000 Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths

Crystal meth shipment intercepted

Philippines:

Philippines logs 543 new Covid-19 cases, 113 more deaths as DOH says country is at low-risk stage now

Philippines' Malampaya gas project can be extended for several years, says Udenna president

Philippines tentatively reopens schools as Covid-19 cases ease

Philippines e-wallet unicorn considers crypto, stocks platform

Longer trading for Philippine stocks and forex begin as Covid-19 cases eases in country

Traders dump Asean stocks on fears Omicron will hammer region

Commission: Unvaccinated Filipinos can vote

Women wearing face masks walk below decorations outside a shopping mall in Bangkok on Monday, December 6, 2021 as Thailand recorded on Monday its first case of the Covid-19 coronavirus Omicron variant. - AFPWomen wearing face masks walk below decorations outside a shopping mall in Bangkok on Monday, December 6, 2021 as Thailand recorded on Monday its first case of the Covid-19 coronavirus Omicron variant. - AFP

Vietnam:

Vietnam reports 14,591 Covid-19 cases on Monday (Dec 6), highest since early September; infection total now at 1,323,683

Vietnam: Hanoi's 12th graders back to school as several provinces also re-opened school on Monday (Dec 6)

Vietnamese unicorn VNG to seek funds ahead of US listing, sources say

Vietnam police bust US$3.8 billion crypto gambling ring, says state-owned broadcaster VTV

Vietnam continues to meet US Treasury criteria for not being labelled a currency manipulator

Vietnam reduces car registration fee reduced to boost market

Fowl play for families during pandemic

Myanmar:

UN slams 'politically-motivated' Suu Kyi conviction in Myanmar; UK condemns junta

Myanmar jungle rebels struggle for cash and guns

The trials of Aung San Suu Kyi, from heroine to villain to convict

Myanmar's Suu Kyi jailed for four years, says govt spokesman

UN calls on Myanmar to halt excessive force after media reports five killed

Kirin seeking arbitration to end venture linked to Myanmar military: Nikkei

Five protesters mowed down

Students seated on chairs with plastic barriers attend a class as several schools in the Philippines' capital reopen for the first time since the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on Monday, December 6, 2021. R- ReutersStudents seated on chairs with plastic barriers attend a class as several schools in the Philippines' capital reopen for the first time since the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on Monday, December 6, 2021. R- Reuters

Cambodia:


Cambodia reverses ban on travelers from Omicron variant-hit African countries

Cambodian PM says plans to visit Myanmar for talks with military rulers

Cambodian PM says Myanmar junta has right to attend Asean meetings

Cambodia inks economic co-op deal with Philippines

Prince Ranariddh’s body arrives home

Laos:

Laos record 889 cases on Monday (Dec 6) as country now is on alert for Omicron Covid-19 variant

UXO kills three, injures two during mines clearance operation in southern Laos

Tickets to ride Laos-China railway sold out

Brunei:

Three men fined for violating stay-at-home directive in Brunei

Brunei minister warns against complacency amid low new case numbers; 22 new Covid-19 cases reported on Sunday night (Dec 5)

Second Covid-19 vaccine dose for Brunei adolescents starts today

Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, right, and Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, pose for photographs as Putin arrives at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Putin visits New Delhi as billions of dollars of Russian weaponry flow into India that would normally attract US sanctions. Eager to draw India into its efforts to contain China, the US may look away this time. - BloombergNarendra Modi, India's prime minister, right, and Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, pose for photographs as Putin arrives at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Putin visits New Delhi as billions of dollars of Russian weaponry flow into India that would normally attract US sanctions. Eager to draw India into its efforts to contain China, the US may look away this time. - Bloomberg

Asean:

Hong Kong and other Asian cities shut out of world’s top 10 tourist destinations amid tough travel restrictions

Pulau Bidong seabed in Terengganu houses 11 Asean mini landmarks

Coronavirus: Officials punished as China races to contain Inner Mongolia outbreak

Europe hesitant over calls to boycott Beijing Winter Olympics

China’s middle class families fret as President Xi Jinping ‘tightens grip’ on international schools

Poll finds 89% of Japanese back PM's ban on new foreign arrivals

Chinese developer misses major bond repayment of US$179mil

Bleak outlook for the future ahead: Korea Herald

Chinese democracy a true solution for China: Jakarta Post contributor

Asia markets down on Omicron, US jobs data worries

Taiwan rushes to contain sudden cane toad invasion

Macau ‘junket king’ Alvin Chau’s life in the limelight goes bust after illegal gambling arrest

South Korea's Covid-19 rules put some vaccinated foreigners in limbo

Taiwan Nov exports seen surging for 17th month in a row: Reuters poll

Alibaba appoints Toby Xu as new chief financial officer

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