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A devotee cleans statues of deities at a temple in Surabaya on Monday, January 24, 2022, ahead of the Lunar New Year as Chinese communities around the world will welcome the Year of the Tiger on February 1. - AFP

Malaysia:

Covid-19 Watch: 3,214 new cases bring total to 2,836,159

Covid-19 Watch: 15 Kedah schools closed after 525 students and 25 teachers test positive

Covid-19 Watch: 45.7% of adult population have received vaccine booster dose

Covid-19 Watch: 313% increase in clusters involving educational institutions

PLUS expects 1.6 million vehicles on highways for CNY peak days

Court of Appeal to decide on Najib's appeal in suit against AMMB Holdings, two others on Thursday (Jan 27)

Govt committed to addressing consumer goods price hikes, says Ismail Sabri

Govt allows 32 firms to bring in frozen chicken in move to overcome supply shortage

Najib to apply for Queen's counsel from UK for SRC appeal

Rosmah's trial postponed to Feb 3 after lead counsel gets Covid-19

Zahid ordered to enter defence on 47 charges of corruption

Bank Negara’s international reserves at US$116.2bil as at Jan 14

Shoppers are seen walking along the Orchard Road in Singapore. - BloombergShoppers are seen walking along the Orchard Road in Singapore. - Bloomberg

Singapore:

Singapore: Children aged 5 to 11 can walk in with parents for Covid-19 vaccination without appointment

Overworked in Singapore: Study shows one in two logs extra hours since Covid-19 pandemic started - A Straits Times Special

Singapore - Twin boys found dead in Upper Bukit Timah canal: Father charged with murder

Singapore core inflation rises at fastest pace in nearly 8 years

Scientists in SG develop computer program that can detect those at higher risk of depression

New tech uses mobile phone signals to improve rain prediction in Singapore

Temasek to acquire Bridgepoint's UK-based testing firm for $7 billion - sources

17,699 children aged below 12 infected with Covid-19 since pandemic started, 2,586 hospitalised

Oil prices rise on supply fears amid tensions in Eastern Europe, Middle East

Asian shares mixed following Wall Street losses

Father held after twins found dead

Indonesia:

Indonesia reports 2,927 new Covid-19 cases, seven more deaths on Monday (Jan 24)

Singapore PM Lee and Indonesia President Jokowi to meet in Bintan for first Leaders' Retreat since 2019

Opinion: Indonesia's coal ban sends prices soaring, other exporters fail to step up

Indonesia reopens islands - Batam and Bintan - to Singaporean tourists

East Timor Nobel laureate Ramos-Horta to run for president again

Malaysia and Indonesia agree on household size limit for domestic helpers

Jakarta reports first two Omicron deaths

An airport staff is seen conducting regular cleaning and disinfection at the Suvarnabhumi Airport on Monday (Jan 24, 2020). World Bank projected foreign tourist to rise to almost 7 millions this year and to around 20 million in 2023. - BernamaAn airport staff is seen conducting regular cleaning and disinfection at the Suvarnabhumi Airport on Monday (Jan 24, 2020). World Bank projected foreign tourist to rise to almost 7 millions this year and to around 20 million in 2023. - Bernama

Thailand:

Thailand: Bangkok gets ready to welcome foreign visitors from Feb 1 as Covid-19 cases are getting lesser

Thailand rolls out fourth Covid-19 shot in popular tourist spots

Thai domestic car sales drop 4.2% in 2021 but expected to be higher this year

Thai driving licence now a QR code in your smartphone

Prayut becomes first Thai PM to visit Saudi Arabia in 30 years

Thailand records 7,139 Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths

Briton dies, another injured after knife attack

Ministry eyes legalising ecigarettes

Philippines:

Philippines logs 24,938 new Covid-19 cases on Monday; total infections now at 3,442,056.

Philippines: Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila already peaked, says Duque

Philippine trade chief urges senate to ratify RCEP

Emerging markets: Philippine peso weakens between 0.2% and 0.5% as S. Korean shares hit 13-month low ahead of Fed meeting

Seven Philippine provinces post high Covid-19 growth rate; declining in Metro Manila

Marcos absent from TV interview with presidential hopefuls

A worker pushes a cart carrying a kumquat tree ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations at a garden in Hanoi. - AFPA worker pushes a cart carrying a kumquat tree ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations at a garden in Hanoi. - AFP

Vietnam:


Vietnam reports 14,362 new Covid-19 cases and now 2,155,784 infections in total on Monday (Jan 24)

Vietnam’s top oil refinery cuts processing on cash squeeze

Vietnam a rising star in South-East Asia’s startup scene

Vietnam further eases entry rules for some foreign travellers

Ho Chi Minh City to develop riverside infrastructure by 2040

Tributes flow in from all over the world for ‘father of mindfulness’

Myanmar:

More to follow suit and head for the door after energy giants withdraw from Myanmar due to human right abuses

Myanmar authority explains heated Loikaw clashes as ‘terrorist raid’

Myanmar reports 112 new Covid-19 infections, one more death

A Cambodian man rides his motor-taxi fully loaded with products as he drives past a traffic police officer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. - APA Cambodian man rides his motor-taxi fully loaded with products as he drives past a traffic police officer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. - AP

Cambodia:


Cambodia booster shot campaign reaches nearly 300,000 as health ministry confirms another 25 Omicron cases

Cambodia reports zero deaths from Covid-19 for 20 days

RCEP set to boost recovery, multilateralism, forum told

Laos:

Laos govt vows to slash red tape and boost its revenue

Lao health authorities urge more people to get vaccinated amid Covid-19 pandemic

Lao govt vows to improve investment climate

Brunei:

Brunei: Policeman in the slammer for cheating people

Brunei logs 48 new Covd-19 cases; infection rate of positive cases at 1.7 per cent

Parents, teacher raise concerns over slow Internet service

A giant panda cub is seen with figures of Bing Dwen Dwen, the mascot of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, during a group appearance event to mark the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, at the Shenshuping panda base in Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan province, China January 24, 2022. - cnsphoto via ReutersA giant panda cub is seen with figures of Bing Dwen Dwen, the mascot of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, during a group appearance event to mark the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, at the Shenshuping panda base in Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan province, China January 24, 2022. - cnsphoto via Reuters

AseanPlus:

Beijing warns of heavy air pollution during Winter Olympics but promises Games will not be disrupted by smog

How a billionaire’s global cruise empire imploded in Hong Kong

Lim Kok Thay steps down as chairman, CEO of Genting HK

China accused of interference as Australia PM's WeChat account vanishes

Omicron drag complicates recovery

South Korea’s exports set to improve in January

China’s ‘little giants’ are its latest weapon in the US tech war

Beijing tests shoppers buying fever drugs to root out Covid

Asian markets follow Wall St down as traders eye Fed meeting

Toyota says its Tianjin joint venture resumed production on Jan 22

China opposes Japan, US interfering in its domestic affairs

Taiwan reports new large-scale Chinese air force incursion

Surrendered pet hamster in Hong KONG tests positive for Covid-19

Hong Kong’s financial sector faces talent crunch as expats head for the exit

'Single's Inferno' star Song Ji-ah makes RM105k per Instagram post

Olympics-Beijing 2022 says 6 new positive cases detected among Games-related personnel on Jan 23

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