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BANGKOK: Global stock markets rose on Friday (Jan 24) after the outbreak of a new virus in China that that has killed 26 people and led to transport limits in several cities was not declared a global emergency.
HONG KONG: Hong Kong reported its first suspected case of the new SARS-like virus in a man who arrived in the city from Wuhan via the cross-border high-speed railway.
TAIPEI: Taiwan's exclusion from World Health Organisation meetings on the coronavirus outbreak has united the island's political parties, who normally agree on little, especially to do with China. Taiwan is not a member of the WHO due to the objection of China, which considers it a Chinese province with no right to participate in international organisations as a separate entity.
BEIJING: President Xi Jinping vowed oon Friday in his Chinese New Year speech to build China by the end of this year into a moderately prosperous society that is universally acclaimed by the people, standing the test of history and overcoming any problems that are inflicting the country.
XIANNING: The week long holiday to welcome in the Year of the Rat began on Friday, raising fears that the infection rate could accelerate as hundreds of millions of people travel to their homes and abroad. The risks persuaded Shanghai Disneyland theme park to close from Saturday until further notice.
VIENTIANE: Laos government has assigned Phan Phet Agriculture Development Co, Ltd. to carry out a feasibility study on the export of 100,000 tons of rice a year to Cuba, according to the website of the Laos Ministry of Industry and Commerce on Friday (Jan 24).
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): After Wuhan, the authorities in China have extended the suspension of outbound travel on seven other cities since Thursday (Jan 23) due to the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus.
PETALING JAYA (ANN): Malaysian actress Lee Sinje turned 44 on Thursday (Jan 23), but she almost forgot about her birthday until she woke up in the morning and saw several wishes from friends.
HONG KONG: Face masks and hand sanitisers are becoming must-have accessories from Hong Kong to Japan as a deadly virus spreads across Asia. The only problem is getting hold of them.