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YANGON (Reuters): Myanmar's main prison vaccinated more than 600 inmates against Covid-19 on the first day of a drive to inoculate inmates, state media reported on Thursday (July 29), as military authorities struggle to control a wave of infections across the country.
BANGKOK (Bloomberg): Thailand will likely be the worst economic performer in South-East Asia this year, with economists continuing to slash the country’s growth forecast amid surging Covid-19 infections, mounting political tensions and fading hopes for a tourism revival.
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN): Vietnam raked in US$16.7 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first seven months of 2021, down 11.1 per cent from the same period last year, data from the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) shows.
JUNTA authorities are seeking help from the international community to tackle the coronavirus, state media said, as the impoverished country looks beyond ally China in its struggle to beat back a new wave.
HONG KONG: China’s benchmark equity index fluctuated on the brink of a bear market yesterday despite efforts by state media to bolster investor confidence shaken by concerns over Beijing’s escalating regulatory crackdown.
News highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section for Wednesday (July 28)
TUNIS (Reuters) - In the tourist bazaar in the Old City of Tunis, embroidered scarves, clay pots and ornaments spill out from store fronts into the narrow alleyways. But few people are browsing, reflecting the misfortunes that have afflicted Tunisia's vital tourist industry for years.
VIENTIANE (Xinhua): The Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that politicisation of vaccines or the origin tracing of Covid-19 virus should be avoided.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) -Turkish authorities have intercepted a boat carrying more than 200 Afghan migrants in the Aegean sea heading for Europe, Turkey's coastguard and the International Organization for Migration said on Wednesday.
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is poised to trigger a snap election two years ahead of schedule, betting that high vaccination rates and a post-pandemic rebound will help him prolong and strengthen his grip on power.