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A tourist poses in front of incense sticks drying in a courtyard in the village of Quang Phu Cau on the outskirts of Hanoi. Families living and working in the "incense village" of Quang Phu Cau now also make sticks in yellow, blue and green, catering to visitors eager to snap shots for Instagram. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Daim's wife expected to be charged tomorrow

* Sara programme begins in stages starting today, says Anwar

* Probe to be launched into RM3.46bil MLFF toll system, says PAC chairman

* Candidate proposal for Sarawak Governor presented to King, says Anwar

* Malaysia pledges to explore all avenues to help Palestinians, says Wisma Putra

* Datuk, cop, nine others charged over involvement in drug syndicate

* Review of country's preschool system needed, says Anwar

* Tawau murder case: Traces of blood found inside and outside car, says witness

* Anwar urges GLCs to remain committed to supporting Bumiputera agenda

* Dr M cries foul, claims selective prosecution of his son

* Hold snap polls now to test your support, Dr M challenges Anwar

* Set up 'Ulu Muda basin authority' to protect water catchment areas, suggests Chow

A vendor shows the popular t-shirt at the official merchandise shop of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and vice presidential candidate Gibran Rakabuming Raka showing with the number two as their election number at a shopping mall in Jakarta on Monday, January 22, 2024. - AFPA vendor shows the popular t-shirt at the official merchandise shop of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and vice presidential candidate Gibran Rakabuming Raka showing with the number two as their election number at a shopping mall in Jakarta on Monday, January 22, 2024. - AFP

Singapore:

* ‘Chaotic working’ tops Singapore workplace trends in 2023, survey finds

* Locked out of her home, woman rents crane to take her four storeys up

* Singaporean actress Nurul Aini’s husband apologises for alleged infidelity

* Hong Kong may lose Australian talent to Singapore if Canberra puts tax squeeze on expats, business chamber chief warns

* Plastistones: Rocks formed from plastic pollution a ‘terrifying’ find

* Increase in hard-to-kick coughs due to year-end rise in acute respiratory infections

* Ex-Woodlands Health nurse who allegedly accessed patients’ bank card details given 22 charges

* Oil extends losses as economic headwinds weigh on demand outlook

Indonesia:

* Japan 'worry' as Mitoma misses training ahead of all-important Asian Cup clash against Indonesia

* Indonesia to spend over RM75.66bil on festive events and the elections in 2024

* Indonesian VP hopeful slams Jokowi’s nickel investment policy

* Mt Merapi unleashes lava as other volcanoes flare up, forcing thousands to evacuate

* Murky depths far from transparent in Indonesian presidential race

TOPSHOT - Street performers poses as they walk on a street in Jakarta . - AFPTOPSHOT - Street performers poses as they walk on a street in Jakarta . - AFP

Thailand:

* Bangkok becomes top destination for Indian travellers following visa exemptions

* Thailand announces new value-added tax refund limit and criteria for tourists

* Phuket seaplane terminal to open up island tourism

* Thai immigration bureau launches online platform for 90-day notification

* Thailand's 'Sakura' in full bloom on the Phu Lom Lo mountain

Philippines:

* Philippine central bank governor says rates to 'stay sufficiently tight'; China slowdown could hurt growth prospects

* International Criminal Court in Philippines last December; arrest order vs Duterte soon: Senator

* Philippine Wealth Fund plans first investment in three months

* Philippines condemns 'provocative action' by Chinese coastguard against Filipino fishermen

* Marcos draws ire for using helicopter for Coldplay concert

A general view shows a BTS commuter train as it passes along Sukhumvit road in Bangkok. - AFPA general view shows a BTS commuter train as it passes along Sukhumvit road in Bangkok. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam sentences nine to death for drug trafficking

* Emerging markets - Asian FX largely mixed but Taiwan and Japan lead Asian shares higher

* Vietnam car market reacts to end of fee reduction policy

* Vietnam's economy poised for 6% growth in 2024, fuelled by export recovery: Amro

* 100 people sentenced in trial over terror acts in Vietnam

Myanmar:

* 2,000kg of narcotic drugs worth RM71mil seized in Myanmar's eastern state

* Conflict in southern Shan State traps 50 tourists and destroys 27 homes in Sanphu village

* India to fence off Myanmar frontier

A Vietnam supporter cheers before the start of the Qatar 2023 AFC Asian Cup Group D football match between Vietnam and Indonesia at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha. - AFPA Vietnam supporter cheers before the start of the Qatar 2023 AFC Asian Cup Group D football match between Vietnam and Indonesia at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodia at NAM summit: Top officials say that the country is always focusing on international peace

* Abandoned vehicle yields a tonne of drugs in Cambodia

* Cambodia-Vietnam trade surges to nearly US$6.6bil in 2023, says Cambodian customs

Laos:

* ‘Battery of South-East Asia’ plans move forward as Laos enhances trade capacity with Cambodia

* Lao People’s Army marks its 75th anniversary of founding

Brunei:

* Asean+3 region poised for stronger growth in 2024l economist forecast it at 4.5 per cent

* Man, five women detained over immoral activities

Chinese military personnel search for missing victims following a landslide in Liangshui village at Zhaotong, in southwestern China's Yunnan province on January 22, 2024. Dozens of people were buried and eight confirmed killed when a landslide struck a remote and mountainous part of southwestern China on Monday, January 22. - AFPChinese military personnel search for missing victims following a landslide in Liangshui village at Zhaotong, in southwestern China's Yunnan province on January 22, 2024. Dozens of people were buried and eight confirmed killed when a landslide struck a remote and mountainous part of southwestern China on Monday, January 22. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Malaysia Airlines rolls out MHplus globally to enhance partnerships in key markets

* Millions of Indians celebrate a new temple. For Modi, it is a triumph of his Hindu-first politics

* Ayodhya's Ram temple opening in India. What's its significance?

* Temple tourism set to soar under India's Modi

* Japan says 'possibility' Moon lander power can be restored

* Japan stocks extend rally, central banks seen on hold

* South Korea grants extension to truth commission as investigators examine foreign adoption cases

* UN migration agency seeks US$7.9 billion for migrant support

* Nvidia chief visits China for the first time in four years as Chinese market headwinds mount

* China is moving up the rare earth value chain ... The West is trying to catch up

* Some Asiana Airlines passengers to be weighed before international flights

* Countries risk missing deadline for pandemic accord, says WHO chief

* The humanoid robots coming soon to automotive production lines

* Despite S. Korea’s low birth rate, babies are still being sent overseas for adoption

* 500 evacuated as rescuers search for more than 40 trapped in China village landslide

* Hong Kong issues cold weather warning on Monday morning, as Observatory says mercury to drop again overnight

* CUnion strike at Taiwan’s Eva Air over salary and conditions dispute could impact Chinese New Year flights

* Cricket-India's Kohli to miss first two tests v England

* Tennis-Zheng glides past Dodin to book Melbourne quarter-final spot

* Golf - Lydia Ko back in winner's circle at Tournament of Champions

* The cheque’s end is nigh: Hong Kong’s banks set road map to phase out paper payment in their embrace of epayments

* China’s vulnerable middle class must work harder to maintain status quo, Beijing seeks urgent fix for indispensable cohort

* Woman in China sues ‘husband’ of 10 years with whom she has 8 children for RM131.35mil in maintenance after finding out he is married, trends online

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