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Ai is a Journalism graduate at a state university in the Philippines who considers "writing" and "enlightening the blind" as her passion.

Thailand now open to all travellers

Having been one of the first countries to combat the coronavirus outbreak at bay, the kingdom of Thailand is now opening its doors to international tourists wherever they come from and whatever the virus situation their country may have. The Bangkok Post reported on Thursday...

Singapore to host World Economic Forum next year

The World Economic Forum (WEF), one of the largest gatherings attended by business and political leaders globally, will make its debut in Asia as the high number of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases was making it hard for Europe to hold mass gatherings safely. The organizers...

Thousands granted royal amnesty in Thailand

The kingdom of Thailand pardoned and cut short thousands of prisoners’ sentences to mark the eve of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birth date. According to a report from Al Jazeera quoting the Royal Gazette, incumbent king Maha Vajiralongkorn issued a royal decree granting pardons to...

SEC approves Kerry Express 8.4-billion-baht IPO

Delivery operator Kerry Express was braving the Thai stock market through the conduct of an 8.4-billion-baht initial public offering (IPO). A report by the Bangkok Post on Thursday said that the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission has given the green light for Kerry Express to...

Hundreds of Cambodians charged with treason

More than 100 Cambodians part of a non-government organization are undergoing trial for treason charges, a case widely condemned as a move by Prime Minister Hun Sen to silence his political rivals. According to a report by Al Jazeera, a Cambodian court summoned 121 members...

Thai protesters charged for insulting royal family

Thai police have cordoned off Bangkok and slapped charges against activists involved in anti-government protests for allegedly insulting the monarchy, a day before another rally was scheduled to occur. This would be the first time such charges would be brought under the so-called lese majeste...

Philippines lifts travel ban on medical workers

The Philippine government has finally allowed the deployment of healthcare workers outside the country. Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello was quoted as saying in a report by Reuters that President Rodrigo Duterte “already approved the lifting of the temporary suspension of deployment of nurses and...

Singapore, Hong Kong defer ‘travel bubble’

Singapore and Hong Kong have put off a plan to introduce a travel bubble amid the latter’s sudden spike in the number of coronavirus cases. A report by the Bangkok Post on Saturday, November 21, quoted Hong Kong’s Commerce Secretary Edward Yau as saying that...

Hyundai to produce e-vehicles at Indonesian plant

South Korean car-maker Hyundai Motor Company was set to produce electric vehicles (EV) in Indonesia by 2022 as the country plans to manufacture batteries for such vehicles. Hyundai Motor Asia Pacific vice president Lee Kang Hyun was quoted as saying in a report by Jakarta...

RCEP—world’s largest free-trade pact—’signed’

Fifteen countries spanning the Asia Pacific region have officially inked the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) which promises to create a vast free trade network to speed up member countries’ economic growth. According to a report by Al Jazeera, the RCEP which has been pending...

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Vaccine negligence undermining Asia Pacific’s coronavirus response

Many countries from the RCEP trade partnership – comprised of the ten ASEAN countries, plus South Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand– are...

Hundreds tried for treason in Cambodia

One hundred thirty-seven Cambodians are facing treason charges allegedly for plotting an attack against the government in 2019. A report by Al Jazeera on Thursday...

Indonesia mass vaccination begins; younger generation first in line

Indonesia began with its mass vaccination program on Wednesday which focused on the younger working-age population and not the elderly. According to reports, Indonesian President...