BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- China and Brunei have vowed to further develop bilateral relations and deepen and upgrade their cooperation in all sectors.
The pledge came after Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday held talks with Haji Erywan, Brunei's second minister of foreign affairs and Haji Mohd Amin Liew, minister at the Prime Minister's Office and second minister of finance and economy, and co-chaired the second meeting of the China-Brunei intergovernmental joint steering committee. (China-Brunei-Ties)
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MANILA -- The Philippines has extended the travel restriction for foreign travelers from or transiting through 33 countries and regions with reported cases of the new coronavirus variants until Jan. 31, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday.
The government announced the extension barely two days after the Philippines confirmed its first case of the more contagious strain first found in Britain - a Filipino man with travel history to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). (Philippines-COVID-19-Travel Restriction)
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SEOUL -- South Korea's central bank on Friday froze its policy rate at a record low for eight straight months amid lingering uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bank of Korea (BOK) Governor Lee Ju-yeol and six monetary policy board members decided to leave the benchmark seven-day repurchase rate unchanged at an all-time low of 0.50 percent. The rate was kept on hold since May 2020. (S. Korea-Policy Rate)
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JAKARTA -- At least three people were killed and 24 others wounded after a 6.2-magnitude quake jolted Indonesia's West Sulawesi province early Friday, the National Disaster Management Agency said.
The quake forced about 2,000 residences in Mamuju city and Majene district to flee home and take shelters at safer grounds, said Raditya Jati, spokesman of the agency. (Indonesia-Quake)