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Malaysia detects first omicron case in South African student

Dec. 03, 2021 00:45 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia said Friday it has detected its first case of the new omicron strain of the coronavirus in a foreign student who returned to the country last month after visiting her family in South Africa. Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said...

Grab goes public in $40B SPAC deal, slides in market debut

Dec. 02, 2021 13:04 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing company Grab tumbled in its market debut Thursday, following a $40 billion merger in a special purpose acquisition company deal. The Singapore-based company's debut on the Nasdaq came more than seven months after...

Singapore detects two apparent omicron cases, its first

Dec. 02, 2021 08:44 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Singapore's health ministry said Thursday that preliminary tests detected the new omicron variant of the coronavirus in two passengers who arrived on a plane from Johannesburg, the country's first suspected cases. It said it is conducting further tests to...

Laos-China railway to launch as debt to Beijing mounts

Dec. 02, 2021 07:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Laos, a nation of 7 million people wedged between China, Vietnam and Thailand, is opening a $5.9 billion Chinese-built railway that links China's poor southwest to foreign markets but piles on potentially risky debt. The line through lush tropical...

Despite variants, Singapore's COVID-19 strategy on track

Dec. 01, 2021 02:10 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — When Singapore embarked upon its strategy of living with COVID-19, backed by one of the world's leading vaccine programs, the wealthy city-state saw a spike in its rate of infections, leading many to question whether the time was right. But with the...

Joyful reunions as Malaysia-Singapore land border reopens

Nov. 29, 2021 03:53 AM EST

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysians working in Singapore held joyful reunions with their loved ones after returning to their homeland on Monday following the partial reopening of a land border that has been shuttered for nearly two years due to the pandemic. Buses...

Singapore to rule Tuesday on disabled Malaysian's execution

Nov. 25, 2021 23:58 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Singapore’s top court will decide Tuesday on the fate of a Malaysian man on death row who is believed to be mentally disabled, his family and a rights group said Friday. The hearing at the Court of Appeal was originally scheduled for Nov....

Malaysia, Singapore set to reopen borders to some travel

Nov. 24, 2021 06:12 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia and Singapore said Wednesday they will partially reopen their borders next week to fully vaccinated citizens and some others, after nearly two years of closure due to the pandemic that had stranded many Malaysian workers in the neighboring city-state...

Consumers caught in middle as Amazon, Visa clash over fees

Nov. 18, 2021 10:42 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Customers are caught in the middle of a growing dispute between Amazon and Visa over transaction fees. The online retail giant moved this week to stop shoppers from using Visa credit cards issued in the United Kingdom starting next year, the latest salvo...

As many try living with virus, China keeps up zero tolerance

Nov. 10, 2021 06:51 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Wang Lijie planned to spend three days in the Gobi Desert last month to take in the area's famous poplar forest as its trees turned a golden yellow. Instead, the Beijing resident has been stuck for more than three weeks, much of it in quarantine,...