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The Gardens by the Bay in Singapore holds an exhibition featuring blossoming dahlias and floral lanterns to usher in the Year of the Tiger and welcome the arrival of spring. The "tiger cubs" will also send greetings and well wishes for the Lunar New Year. - Xinhua

Malaysia:

Covid-19: Severe side effects after vaccination highly unlikely, study shows

Covid-19: Sabah records fifth education cluster so far this month

Covid-19: Gov't to wait for Education Ministry report on cluster spike, says PM

Covid-19 Watch: 44.4% of Malaysia's adult population have received booster dose

Health Ministry: 462 Delta variant Covid-19 cases from Jan 19-22

Dr Wee: VTL quota increase depends on Malaysia-Singapore agreement

Johor polls: Official announcement of state assembly dissolution on Sunday (Jan 23), says Speaker

Dr M is in stable condition, says daughter Marina

M'sia to attend WHO executive board meeting in Geneva

Kelantan Umno severs ties with state PAS

GOF seize drugs worth RM27.3mil

Stop logging for 25 years to prevent further natural disasters, urge NGOs

A lion dancer entertains visitors in a shopping mall in Bogor ahead of the Lunar New Year, on Saturday, January 22, 2022, as Chinese communities around the world will welcome the Year of the Tiger on February 1. - AFPA lion dancer entertains visitors in a shopping mall in Bogor ahead of the Lunar New Year, on Saturday, January 22, 2022, as Chinese communities around the world will welcome the Year of the Tiger on February 1. - AFP

Singapore:

Singapore reports 2,463 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (Jan 22), weekly infection growth rate dips to 2.64

Unvaccinated 92-year-old woman is first Omicron-related death in Singapore

Samsung pulls Singapore drag queen ad after backlash from socially conservative groups

Nasa buys Singapore undergrad's artwork

Singapore likely to see 'significant' Omicron wave, measures in place to cut risks

Dr Wee: VTL quota increase depends on Malaysia-Singapore agreement

Singapore reports 3,155 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (Jan 20), weekly infection growth rate rises to 2.7

WHO chief warns Covid-19 pandemic "nowhere near over"

Buzz at KTV outlet despite nightlife ban

Indonesia:

Indonesia reports its first two Omicron deaths as daily cases logs 3,205 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (Jan 22)

Malaysia's Home Minister Hamzah Zainuddin to make working visit to Indonesia

Indonesia: Recent study on 2019 fires stirs debate on government's forest data transparency

Indonesia suffers another strong quake - injures one and causes property damage

Lion Air flies first 737 Max since Indonesia cleared Boeing jet

Push for world health agency

Bali beach releases turtles back to ocean

Motor racing-Jaguar hope to see Hyderabad on Formula E calendar in 2023

Children with their parents queue to receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Central Vaccination Center, inside the Bang Sue Grand Station, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday, January 22, 2022. - ReutersChildren with their parents queue to receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Central Vaccination Center, inside the Bang Sue Grand Station, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday, January 22, 2022. - Reuters

Thailand:

Thailand records 8,112 Covid-19 cases and 19 deaths on Saturday (Jan 22)

Thai rising golfer Sadom and American Sihwan tie at the top at Singapore Open

Thai health ministry proposes easing rules on cannabis use

Upward trend in infections keeps Thailand under Covid alert level 4

Japan's biggest steelmaker Nippon Steel buys Thai steelmakers in US$763 million deal

Thailand adds three more regions - Krabi, Phang Nga, and Surat Thani - to its quarantine-free travel scheme

Travel to restart Feb 1

Philippines:

Philippines reports 30,552 new Covid-19 cases and 97 people more died on Saturday (Jan 22)

Young Philippine skier hopes to inspire youth to winter sports via Beijing 2022

Twitter suspends hundreds of accounts promoting Philippines' Marcos Jr

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattles Philippines but no tsunami alert issued

Vaccine hesitancy dropping in Philippines amid Covid-19 surge

Court order delays ballot printing

Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who left Vietnam in 1966 and lives in France, walks among believers after finishing a speech at the opening ceremony of a requiem mass at the Non Nuoc pagoda in Soc Son mountain, 64 km (40 miles) north of Hanoi, April 20, 2007. Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who helped pioneer the concept of mindfulness in the West and socially engaged Buddhism in the East, has died at age 95 on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, according to an announcement on his verified Twitter page. - ReutersBuddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who left Vietnam in 1966 and lives in France, walks among believers after finishing a speech at the opening ceremony of a requiem mass at the Non Nuoc pagoda in Soc Son mountain, 64 km (40 miles) north of Hanoi, April 20, 2007. Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who helped pioneer the concept of mindfulness in the West and socially engaged Buddhism in the East, has died at age 95 on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, according to an announcement on his verified Twitter page. - Reuters

Vietnam:

Vietnam reports 15,707 new Covid-19 cases as total tally now stands at 2,126,444 on Saturday (Jan 22)

Vietnam to start developing 6G in 2022

In memory: a Buddhist monk and a Zen master who brought mindfulness to West dies in Vietnam

Vietnam's Thich Nhat Hanh, poetic peace activist and master of mindfulness, dies at 95

Prepare for all possibilities, Health sector told

Roaring trade for gold-plated tigers this Lunar New Year

Myanmar:

Top companies' Myanmar exit unlikely to badly damage junta, say analysts

Myanmar: Growing number of foreign firms head for door

Myanmar sentences lawmaker from Suu Kyi's party to death

Junta nabs more journalists

Energy giants leaving Myanmar

A Cambodian farmer on a motorcycle herds a flock of water buffaloes at a remote rural town, north of Phnom Penh. - ReutersA Cambodian farmer on a motorcycle herds a flock of water buffaloes at a remote rural town, north of Phnom Penh. - Reuters

Cambodia:

Dredgers spotted off Cambodian base where China is funding work, says US think tank

Omicron patients can stay home, says Cambodian govt as 16 more local virus variant patients confirmed on Saturday (Jan 22)

South-East Asia countries say tourism is up and running again after forum in Sihanoukville, Cambodia

RCEP key enabler to revitalise businesses

Laos:

Health authorities in Laos ease requirements for newly discharged Covid-19 patients

Schools in Laos begin face-to-face classes again

Laos considers easing restrictions on entrance visas

Ministry advises on safe school reopenings

Brunei:

Brunei: Four months’ jail and fine for overstaying Indonesian woman

Brunei: Imams caution people against falling into the debt trap and tell all to live modestly

Cases rising again as Brunei records 31 local and 13 imported cases; total infections now above 16,000

Residents of an elderly home at the Kwai Chung Estate public housing complex are evacuated to a government quarantine facility in Hong Kong, China, on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. The unprecedented step to place buildings at the public housing complex under lockdown is one of the most drastic measures Hong Kong has launched as it works to eradicate the virus within its borders. - BloombergResidents of an elderly home at the Kwai Chung Estate public housing complex are evacuated to a government quarantine facility in Hong Kong, China, on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. The unprecedented step to place buildings at the public housing complex under lockdown is one of the most drastic measures Hong Kong has launched as it works to eradicate the virus within its borders. - Bloomberg

AseanPlus:

United States and Japan agree to boost security and economic cooperation amid rising concerns

No holiday travel boom for China's Lunar New Year as govt expects it to go down 60% from pre-pandemic levels

US suspends 44 passenger flights to China operated by Chinese carriers

Beijing faces growing Covid-19 outbreak before the 2022 Winter Olympics

China's Harbin to conduct city-wide Covid-19 tests ahead of long holiday

Geely and Renault formally agree on cooperation in South Korea

Tokyo hits record 10,000 Covid cases, Japan over 50,000 for first time

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics - Ice hockey rivals take different approaches to same Covid opponent

Taiwan on Covid alert as domestic Omicron cases spike

Australia's Queensland state says peak of Omicron two weeks away

Fire kills two in high-rise building in Mumbai, 15 injured

Southern Japan earthquake injures 13, no tsunami warning

China plans expansion of high-speed railway equal to combined length of next 5 largest countries by network size by 2025

CPO futures likely to undergo technical correction next week

Missing son of hard-luck worker long dead
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