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09 April 2021, United Kingdom, London: Pharmacist Asha Fowells holds vials of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine at Copes Pharmacy and Travel Clinic in Streatham, south London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/dpa

Malaysia to offer AstraZeneca Covid jab in parallel to main scheme

Malaysia will administer the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on a voluntary basis and in parallel to the main immunization effort, according to Science Minister Khairy...
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Singapore’s 2021 GDP growth to exceed 6 percent – central bank

Singapore's de facto central bank said on Wednesday that economic growth could top the previous upper-end projection of 6 per cent cent, if global...
Protesters hold a banner they march during a demonstration against the military coup in Myanmar that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Ousted democratic leaders in Myanmar have said they are rescinding the country's 2008 constitution, which gave significant power to the armed forces. Photo: Tayfun Salci/ZUMA Wire/dpa

Heavy fighting between civilians and military in western Myanmar

After three months of protests against the military coup in Myanmar, the regime’s opponents are increasingly using armed resistance to fend off military attacks...
Demonstrators flash the three-finger salute during a protest against the military coup in Yangon on March 1. © Reuters

Fears of dozens dead in clashes in Myanmar’s Bago city

(dpa) - Reports from Myanmar say dozens of people may have been killed in a military assault on anti-coup protesters in the city of...
Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim will again try to be prime minister when elections next take place.

Malaysian opposition chief Anwar to again run for prime minister

(dpa) - Long-time aspirant Anwar Ibrahim will again try to be prime minister whenever parliamentary elections next take place, Malaysia's opposition alliance announced on...
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February unemployment down in Malaysia despite second lockdown

(dpa) - Malaysia's unemployment rate fell a notch to 4.8 per cent in February, the third consecutive month in which a drop was recorded,...
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Singapore unemployment falls for fourth month in latest recovery sign

(dpa) - Unemployment in Singapore fell for the fourth month in a row in February, dropping to 3 per cent in the latest indication...
05 April 2021, Malaysia, Putrajaya: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) arrives at the court of appeal in Putrajaya. The Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear Razak's appeal against his conviction and jail sentence for abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering. Photo: Faisal Jaafar/BERNAMA/dpa

Malaysian ex-PM denied adjournment while appealing graft jail term

(dpa ) - Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak's attempt to overturn his corruption conviction was deal an early blow when the country's Court...
Protesters clash with security forces during a protest against the military coup and the detention of civilian leaders in Myanmar. Photo: Aung Kyaw Htet/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire/dpa

South-East Asia manufacturing up in March but Myanmar sees collapse

(dpa) - Manufacturing in violence-wracked Myanmar dipped to a record low in March even as neighbouring countries saw "return to growth," according to a...
Photo taken on March 7, 2021 shows a container terminal of Lianyungang Port, east China's Jiangsu Province. (Photo by Wang Jianmin/People's Daily Online)

Malaysia’s exports spike on the back of pandemic-related demand

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dpa/GNA - Malaysia's exports grew by 17.6 per cent year-on-year in February, due to continuing demand driven by the coronavirus pandemic and associated restrictions. Electrical...
Protesters clash with security forces during a protest against the military coup and the detention of civilian leaders in Myanmar. Photo: Aung Kyaw Htet/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire/dpa

Thailand braces for influx of Myanmar refugees following crackdown

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dpa/GNA - Thailand is preparing for a surge in refugees from neighbouring Myanmar, where a brutal military crackdown has resulted in the deaths...
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Malaysia makes record drugs bust, with 16 tons of pills seized

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dpa/GNA - Malaysian customs officials said on Tuesday they had seized 16 tons of pills worth more than 1 billion dollars at the...
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ASEAN meeting ends with ‘all parties’ in Myanmar told to end violence

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dpa/GNA - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) called on "all parties" in Myanmar to "refrain from instigating further violence" in...
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Malaysia and Singapore call for release of Suu Kyi amid ASEAN meeting

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dpa/GNA - Malaysian Foreign Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, on Tuesday called for the "prompt and unconditional" release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the de...
A banner “In commemoration of the 612th anniversary of Zheng He's voyages” is seen in the 300-year-old Jonker Street in Malacca's historic towns. The Jonker Street, the Chinatown street of Malacca, witnessed the frequent exchanges between China and Malaysia in history. (Photo by Yu Yichun from People’s Daily)

Malaysia won’t hold elections until after the pandemic – Prime Minister

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dpa/GNA - Malaysia will not hold parliamentary elections during the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, said in a Monday speech marking one year...
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More charges laid on Suu Kyi after bloodiest day of Myanmar protests

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dpa/GNA, Two new charges were levelled against Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar on Monday, a month after she was ousted from her position...
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Tapir interrupts school exam in Malaysia by falling into drain

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dpa/GNA – Pupils in Malaysia suffering through a national school exam on Thursday were handed an unexpected delay when a surprise visitor appeared...
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Thousands turn out to protest in Myanmar despite fears of crackdown

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dpa/GNA - Protests sparked by Myanmar's recent coup grew to their largest size yet on Wednesday, as hundreds of thousands of people flooded...
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Myanmar police and military fire upon protesters in Mandalay

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dpa/GNA - Myanmar police and military forces fired at peaceful protesters during demonstrations in the northern city of Mandalay on Monday, according to...
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Malaysia reports 1,111 lockdown breach arrests for Sunday

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dpa/GNA - Alleged violations of Malaysia's pandemic lockdown rules prompted 1,111 arrests on Sunday, according to Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob. A third of...
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Celebrating Chinese New Year, Asia Pacific nations hope for bullish Year of Ox

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Although COVID-19 is still casting a shadow over the Chinese New Year, people across the Asia Pacific region are finding ways to celebrate the...
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Singapore exports rebound as economy recovers slowly from pandemic

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dpa/GNA - Singapore's exports grew by 6.8 per cent year-on-year in December, the first expansion in two months and the latest signal that...
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Singapore economy shrinks by almost 6 percent in 2020

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dpa/GNA - Official estimates released on Monday by the Ministry of Trade and Industry show Singapore's gross domestic product (GDP) contracting by a less-than-expected...
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Pressure mounts on Malaysian minister who flouted virus quarantine

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The minister in charge of Malaysia's lucrative palm oil sector has come under fire in the country's parliament for breaking novel coronavirus quarantine rules. Though...
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International mail from Malaysia on hold as virus impacts service

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International mail and parcel deliveries from Malaysia are to be suspended from Monday, the country's postal service said. Pos Malaysia put the suspension down "to...
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UN forum calls for greater investments in statistics to ensure no one, nowhere is...

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Increasing investments in official statistics as well as empowering users will be a crucial factor to support post-pandemic socio-economic recovery in the Asia-Pacific region,...

THAI Smile Airways joins Star Alliance As a connecting partner

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Star Alliance has welcomed THAI Smile Airways as a Star Alliance Connecting Partner. The auspicious occasion was celebrated with a traditional Thai performance at...
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Donations top US$700k to assist victims of Thailand’s mass shooting

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Cash donations and funds raised to assist victims of Thailand's weekend mass shooting have reached up to 23 million baht (735,764 U.S. dollars), said...
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Thai army chief apologizes over mass shooting

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Thai Army Chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong on Tuesday apologized to the general public for the carnage done from the weekend mass shooting by a...
Photo taken on Feb. 8, 2020 shows the scene of the shooting in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand. A Thai soldier has killed at least 12 people in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, local media reported Saturday. (Xinhua)

Gunman killed after shooting rampage in Thailand

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A frenzied gunman who killed at least 22 people and injured 42 others in a shooting rampage in northeastern Thailand was killed by police...