Hundreds rescued as Indonesia’s Merapi spews ash

Hundreds of Indonesians were forced to evacuate following an increased volcanic activity from Mount Merapi. This after Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center head...

Laos to speed up immigration services for China

Laos was set to launch a fast-tracked immigration services for China as it relaxed restrictions at their shared border which was previously sealed to...

Bid to put Malaysia under state of emergency rejected

Malaysian King Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin has rejected a proposal to declare a state of emergency to combat the increasing cases of coronavirus amid strong opposition...

Vietnam back on high alert as new virus case confirmed

Vietnam was back on a high alert status over the coronavirus disease, three months after reporting zero local transmission. This came after a 57-year-old man...

Thailand relaxes lock-down measures as infections subside

The government of Thailand was looking to relax restrictions on inbound foreigners as the country reached 28 days with no record of local transmission. In...

Intensified alert needed to fight online fraud during virus outbreak

Internet penetration has significantly grown over the past six months as a result of the governments’ confinement measures to keep the coronavirus outbreak at...

Monarch atones for Dutch sins in Indonesia

The recent Dutch royal visit to Indonesia saw King Willem-Alexander make an unreserved apology for the violence committed during the four-year independence struggle after...

Myanmar unveils huge drugs bust

Large quantities of heroin and methamphetamine have been unveiled to the international media near Myanmar’s border with Thailand inside the so-called golden triangle. The Burmese...

Southeast Asia virus cases rise further

The spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) showed no signs of stopping as new confirmed cases were reported globally. Indonesia on Monday recorded its first...

New US-Philippines defense pact ‘in the works’

The United States and the Philippines are crafting a new defense pact that could replace the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that was proposed for...

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Amid surging Covid-19 cases, second gen vaccines raise hopes across the Asia-Pacific

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