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A worker cleans a Buddha statue in preparation for the Lunar New Year celebrations at Satya Buddha Temple in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. Chinese people around the world will be celebrating the beginning of the Year of Tiger on Feb. 1. - AP

Malaysia:

Covid-19 Watch: 3,764 new cases bring total to 2,820,927

Covid-19: Two schools temporarily closed after 69 students test positive

Covid-19: Over 120,000 policemen fully vaccinated, says IGP

Covid-19 Watch: Vaccination for under-12s to start Feb 3, says Khairy

Fake Covid-19 vaccination certs: Individuals willing to be injected with distilled water, say cops

Fake vaccination certs: Probe shows cases linked to private purchase vaccination, says Khairy

42.7% of Malaysia's adult population given booster dose

Bank Negara maintains OPR at 1.75%

Penang, Muar, Langkawi win clean tourist cities award at Asean tourism forum

Immediate action needed to address climate change in Malaysia, says Syed Saddiq

Court orders Lokman Adam to remove social media posts linked to chief Syariah judge accused of sexual harassment

Art Harun turns down Opposition MPs' attempts to debate Azam Baki shares issue in Parliament

Workers give finishing touches on the “God of Fortune” lantern figurine for the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations at the Gardens by the Bay Supertree Grove in Singapore. - AFPWorkers give finishing touches on the “God of Fortune” lantern figurine for the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations at the Gardens by the Bay Supertree Grove in Singapore. - AFP

Singapore:

Singapore's Covid-19 weekly infection growth rate rises to 2.17 - 1,001 new Omicron cases on Thursday (Jan 20)

Singapore: Man on mask mission, neighbour with kampung spirit: New book showcases unsung Covid-19 heroes

Singapore: International school teacher jailed six weeks for assaulting cabby

Dashboard to control all Home Team robots on trial at Toa Payoh in Singapore

Nearly all in Singapore are on Covid-19 contact tracing programme TraceTogether

Body of Malaysian woman found in Pasir Ris river three days after she went missing

Singapore lists first SPAC as Asia investors warm up to blank check firms

Singapore tightens oversight of bank anti-fraud plans after scam

Oil prices slip from 2014 highs, supply concerns limit losses

Asian stocks rise after China rate cuts, Japan export gain

New Omicron infections in Singapore more than double to 1,185

A generous bunch steps up in Singapore

Indonesia:

Indonesia reports 2,116 new Covid-19 cases and seven more deaths on Thursday (Jan 20)

Indonesia lifts coal export ban on 139 firms as firms met local market sales requirements aimed at averting a supply crunch

A million vaccine shots tossed in Indonesia on short expiry date

Emerging markets - Indonesia central bank hold rates; Asian forex gain as US yields ease while China cuts mortgage rates

Indonesia offers 12 oil-gas working areas in 2022

Indonesia central bank attacked by ransomware, but says no impact on services

Bali bombings suspect jailed 15 years

Indonesia passes law paving way for capital's move to Borneo

A man walks through a sunflower field at Wachirabenchathat Park in Bangkok on Thursday, January 20, 2022. - AFPA man walks through a sunflower field at Wachirabenchathat Park in Bangkok on Thursday, January 20, 2022. - AFP

Thailand:

Thailand logs 8,129 Covid-19 cases on Thursday (Jan 20); govt to resume quarantine-free entry for vaccinated visitors from Feb

Thai GDP expected to grow 3.5%-4.5% in 2022 despite Omicron, says finance minister

Thailand loosens entry restrictions as omicron worries ease

Cracks in Thai PM's chaotic coalition as major party expels lawmakers

Bangkok showcases 30,000 sunflowers at Rod Fai Park

PM orders intensified crackdown on call-centre scams

Thai authorities to lower Covid-19 alert

Building Thailand’s future

Philippines:

Philippines logs 31,173 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (Jan 20); total infections now above 3.3 million

Swine fever-hit Philippines sees 'substantial' growth in hog population

With eagles and elephants, Philippines lures public for 'zoo jabs'

Philippines' population growth slowed to 0.3 per cent in 2021

Philippines suffers South-East Asia region’s worst Omicron-driven surge

Duterte’s daughter wants military service for all 18-year-olds

Help pours in for octogenarian jailed for ‘stealing’ mangoes in Philippines

A woman poses for photo by kumquat trees at a garden in Hanoi. - AFPA woman poses for photo by kumquat trees at a garden in Hanoi. - AFP

Vietnam:

Vietnam reports 16,715 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (Jan 20)

Vietnam firm launches US$220 million offshore wind farm amid renewables drive

Belgian court jails trafficking gang leader for Vietnamese truck deaths

Asean ministers agree to re-open regional tourism, according to Vietnam News Agency

Number of profitable Japanese enterprises operating in Vietnam rises

E-commerce under FTA key to trade growth between Vietnam and UK

HCM City detects first local Omicron cases

Myanmar:

Myanmar military arrests more journalists in media crackdown-editor

Myanmar football teams withdraw from international tournaments again

The 'normalisation' of the junta's rule In Myanmar?: Jakarta Post contributor

Myanmar anti-coup fighters claim attack in state capital

Myanmar reports 196 new Covid-19 infections

Treading carefully on regional affairs

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen meets with Vietnam's Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son at Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Thursday, January 20, 2022. - AFPCambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen meets with Vietnam's Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son at Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Thursday, January 20, 2022. - AFP

Cambodia:

19 more Omicron community cases in Cambodia as health ministry plans mobile teams for remote rural vaccination

Cambodia launches new tourist port in coastal city Kep

Asean tourism ministers agree to announce reopening of sector

Kem Sokha’s treason trial resumes after long wait

Laos:

Laos local govt office in Luang Prabang warns songwriter over offensive lyrics

Fewer people fall victims of human trafficking in Laos in 2021

China-Laos railway to bolster Thai industries and trade

Lao govt bans import of certain agricultural products

Laos-Cambodia share tour resources

Brunei:

Families now allowed to send off loved ones at Brunei International Airport, says govt

Brunei shows steady economic growth despite Covid resurgence

Brunei reports another 29 new Covid-19 cases; rate of positive cases now stands at 1.2%

Pots of orchids are displayed for sale to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong. The Chinese Lunar New Year falls on Feb. 1, 2022. - APPots of orchids are displayed for sale to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong. The Chinese Lunar New Year falls on Feb. 1, 2022. - AP

AseanPlus:


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Joe Biden says he won’t lift tariffs on Chinese imports since Beijing hasn’t abided by phase one trade deal

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US antitrust bill expanded to include TikTok, Tencent’s WeChat

Afghan women losing jobs fast as economy shrinks and rights curtailed

China property shares, bonds rally on hopes govt measures will aid liquidity

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