Tropical cyclone Seroja pounded Indonesia and East Timor after torrential rains triggered floods and landslides that have killed at least 113 people and left dozens more missing.
Opposing the military takeover of the state, Myanmar citizens have staged protests across the country while putting their lives at risk.
The novel coronavirus has infected over 92 million people globally and claimed more than 1.9 million lives. Here are the updates for January 13:
More than 100 million Indonesians are registered to vote at polls staffed by almost 2.7 million election workers, with some taking ballot boxes to hospitalised Covid patients.
The sweeping new legislation has been championed by the government of President Joko Widodo as key to boosting the competitiveness of Southeast Asia's largest economy but protesters fear the law will cripple labour rights and harm the environment.
Indonesia has one of the lowest testing rates in the world and some epidemiologists say that has made it harder to get an accurate picture of the extent of infections in the world's fourth most populous country.
Italy, one of the coronavirus hotspots outside of Asia, has more than 2,500 infections and at least 79 deaths. With the Italian tourists, India's official case total stands at 28.
Indonesia has long struggled with militancy and the country hosts dozens of extremist groups loyal to Daesh and its violent ideology.
Capital Jakarta hit by its deadliest flooding in years, authorities say, as torrential rains on New Year's Eve leave vast swathes of the megalopolis submerged.
Islamabad scrambles to play a balancing act to pacify allies in the Muslim world.
Jakarta police say some 519 "rioters from yesterday's demonstration" were detained following protests against controversial plans to revise criminal code and several other issues.
The 19-year-old engineering student died in the hospital of blunt-force injuries to his head sustained in riots against divisive legal reforms, ranging from banning pre-marital sex to weakening the anti-graft agency.
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