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A health care worker wearing a face mask depicting the superhero character Captain America puts on an adhesive bandage after inoculating a child with the China's Sinovac Biotech vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a mass vaccination program for children aged 6-11, in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 16, 2022. - Reuters

Malaysia:

Cops seize RM111.2mil worth of drugs in Perak – second-biggest drug bust in country ever

Covid-19: 3,010 new cases bring total to 2,808,347

Covid-19: More than 2.7 million adolescents in Malaysia fully vaccinated

Covid-19: Most cases reported on Sunday (Jan 16) in Categories One and Two, says Health DG

Covid-19: New cluster identified among hostel students in Sabah, says Masidi

Covid-19: Don't try to catch Omicron just because it is milder, says KJ

Malaysian-made Covid-19 vaccines to cover new variants

Cover 80% of population by Feb to outpace Omicron

Ringgit likely to trend higher against US dollar the coming week

Govt awaits new date for EU's alleged palm oil discrimination proceeding, says Zuraida

Strong winds to continue in eastern Sabah, says MetMalaysia

No tsunami alert for M'sia after volcano eruption in Tonga, said Met Malaysia

Winner Kim Joo-hyung of South Korea posing with the trophy, a photograph of the golf course at Tanah Merah Country Club, after round four of the Singapore International golf tournament on Sunday (Jan 16). - AFPWinner Kim Joo-hyung of South Korea posing with the trophy, a photograph of the golf course at Tanah Merah Country Club, after round four of the Singapore International golf tournament on Sunday (Jan 16). - AFP

Singapore:

Singaporeans to pay slightly higher polytechnic and ITE Nitec fees for 2022 academic year

Singapore: Inflation pressures could delay GST hike to January 2023, economists say

Singapore man infected with the Delta variant in May; last month, he came down with Omicron

Over half of Singapore's population has been boosted, with about 42,000 getting Covid-19 shots daily

Korean teen prevails in playoff to win the Singapore International golf crown

Singapore's Omicron wave likely to see a fairly sharp peak, says infectious disease expert

Singapore's weekly Covid-19 infection growth rate has gone up to 1.47; total of 956 cases on Saturday night (Jan 15)

Additional measures to curb CNY crowd

Indonesia:

Indonesia to introduce new tax breaks on property, car sales as govt announces 855 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Jan 16)

Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement: Defence ministers of Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines on Jan 27

Indonesia: Hundreds of buildings in Banten, West Java damaged following earthquake

Indonesia to export 10,000 tonnes of crude coconut oil to Malaysia as demand keeps getting higher

Indonesian economy appears set for strong growth in 2022 as commodity prices surge

Strong quake hits Java island, no casualties

Taking million-dollar selfies

Sweeping restructuring of science sector faces criticism

People take part in a Javanese traditional procession to preserve water in their area locally called “Nyadran” at Kandri village in Semarang Central Java on Sunday, January 16, 2022. - AFPPeople take part in a Javanese traditional procession to preserve water in their area locally called “Nyadran” at Kandri village in Semarang Central Java on Sunday, January 16, 2022. - AFP

Thailand:

Thailand records 8,077 Covid-19 cases and nine deaths on Sunday (Jan 16)

Thailand: Bangkok opens new centre exclusively for young Covid-19 patients

Thailand records first Omicron death as 86-year-old succumbs to variant in Hat Yai; Bangkok opens new Covid-19 community centre

Thai chief negotiator compliments Malaysia for a job well done as peace talks facilitator

Reopening of all nine Malaysia-Thailand border checkpoints set to boost trade for both countries

Any kind of protests still illegal under Covid-19 emergency, says Bangkok police

Investors search for safe havens as Omicron takes hold in Asia

Thailand refutes claims handing over insurgents linked to peace talks in Malaysia

Philippines:

Cases still high as Philippines logs 37,154 new Covid-19 infections on Sunday (Jan 16)

Philippines says 'indispensable' Suu Kyi must be involved in Myanmar peace process

Philippines to buy 32 new Black Hawk helicopters

‘Mystery passengers’ in PUVs to ensure ‘no vax, no ride’ compliance in Metro Manila

Philippines lifts entry ban, but foreign tourists still not allowed as Covid-19 cases are at record high

Filipino environmental defender calls for more coastal greenbelts

Govt suspends schools as Omicron cases hit record numbers

Manila beefs up navy with missile system

Vietnamese artist Bao Vuong poses with his artwork during a photo session at the A2Z art gallery in Paris. - AFPVietnamese artist Bao Vuong poses with his artwork during a photo session at the A2Z art gallery in Paris. - AFP

Vietnam:

Vietnam reports 15,684 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Jan 16) as Hanoi almost hit 3,000 cases on a single day

Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City logs 18 new Omicron cases over the weekend

Vietnamese airlines increase frequency of flights to and from Asian destinations

Vietnam approves US$15 billion economic stimulus package

'New normal' adaptation leads to positive forecast for Vietnamese economy in 2022, says top official

China reopens Vietnam border after Covid-19 caution disrupts trade

Myanmar:

Monks flee temples in eastern Myanmar amid intense fighting

Bangladesh arrests brother of Myanmar - Rohingya insurgency leader

A quick look at Myanmar's issue - deposed but much loved leader Aung San Suu Kyi threatened with 160-year jail sentence

Myanmar's Omicron cases rise to 76 with 10 new infections

Suu Kyi faces new charges

People sitting on a roof garden in front of the Bangkok skyline on Sunday, January 16, 2022. - AFPPeople sitting on a roof garden in front of the Bangkok skyline on Sunday, January 16, 2022. - AFP

Cambodia:


Cambodia's trade with Japan extends growth in 2021; another 10 Omicron cases reported on Sunday (Jan 15)

Cambodia's banking industry sees strong growth last year despite pandemic

Singapore urges Cambodia as Asean chair to engage with all parties on Myanmar

Cambodia’s confirmed Omicron cases rise to 332

Laos:

Laos' popular holiday haven Saravan gears up for tourism revival

Mekong countries urged to take action as river experiences three years of low flows

Laos' trade deficit reaches US$80 million in December

Brunei:

AMRO annual report sees good economic recovery in Brunei

Brunei's blood shortage issue - an urgent search for compatible donors

35 Covid-19 cases detected in Brunei on Saturday (Jan 15)

Security guards set up the barricade line as people line up to get a swab for the Covid-19 test to meet traveling requirements at a mobile coronavirus testing facility outside a commercial office buildings in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. Beijing has reported its first local omicron infection, according to state media, weeks before the Winter Olympic Games are due to start.  - APSecurity guards set up the barricade line as people line up to get a swab for the Covid-19 test to meet traveling requirements at a mobile coronavirus testing facility outside a commercial office buildings in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. Beijing has reported its first local omicron infection, according to state media, weeks before the Winter Olympic Games are due to start. - AP

AseanPlus:

Beijing tightens rules for entering city after Omicron case as outbreak also prompts temple closures

Volcano triggers Tonga tsunami, 1.2-metre waves hit north Japan and alerts also from US West Coast

China’s civil servants ordered to tighten their belts

Coronavirus: Hong Kong cut quarantine for Covid-19 close contacts from 21 days to 14, so why not for travellers too?

Jump in Shenzhen Covid-19 cases puts Hong Kong border hopes on hold

HK issues subsidies, extends curbs

Experts say teens should be limited in time they spend on social media

South Korea: No escape for Moon

The QUAD adjusts towards Asean

Foreign creators excited over Korea’s upcoming Hallyu visa

Volcano triggers Tonga tsunami, 1.2-metre waves hit north Japan and alerts also from US West Coast

China inflation: easing consumer, factory-gate price pressure opens door for Beijing to support slowing economy

North Korea train makes first crossing into China since border lockdown, according to reports

Japan's Okinawa, home to US military bases, logs record Covid-19 cases

Jiang Ge murder: Chinese mother sues friend whose ex-boyfriend killed her daughter in Japan

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