Asean News Headlines as at 7pm on Monday (March 8)


Filipino women activists display a three-fingered sign in solidarity of protests in Myanmar as they march near the Malacanang presidential palace to mark International Women's Day on Monday March 8, 2021 in Manila, Philippines. The group said that they are holding Duterte's government accountable for the rise of unemployment, poverty and human rights violations during the Covid-19 pandemic. - AP

Malaysia:

Covid-19: New cases fall below 2,000 for third straight day, eight fatalities bring death toll to 1,177

Unemployment higher in January as tourism industries hit

Labour curbs seen costing Malaysia's palm industry US$3bil in annual revenue

Tengku Zafrul: Worst is behind us, Malaysia will emerge stronger by year-end

PKR sec-gen seeks MACC meeting to hand over evidence of bribery involving MPs

Anwar: Pakatan parties starting GE15 seat negotiations

Covid-19: Vaccination appointments for queue jumpers cancelled, says Khairy

Singapore:

Singapore: Over 150,000 staff in educational institutions to be offered Covid-19 vaccine from March 10; 13 new imported cases

Emerging markets: Singapore and Malaysia outperform all as Asian stocks hit by inflation worries

Singapore to offer Covid-19 vaccination to drivers of vehicles delivering essential goods

Singapore investors welcome Indonesia's new Omnibus Law

Singapore warms to electric cars two years after Tesla’s rebuke

Singaporean women looking for role models have to look elsewhere

Indonesia:

Indonesia extends micro-scale restriction, expands it to 3 provinces as Covid-19 cases goes above 1.38 million

Indonesia detects more cases of B117 coronavirus variant as Mount Merapi emits hot clouds again

Indonesia: Foreign envoys in Jakarta pledge to end all-male discussions

A big relief - Swiss approve Indonesia free trade deal

Indonesia eases rules in major foreign investment reform

Consortium involving Changi renegotiating terms for revamp of Indonesia's Flores airport



Thailand:

Thailand backs vaccine passport ahead of wider reopening; confirms 71 new Covid-19 cases on Monday

Malaysia-Thailand border trade falls 9.1% in 2020

Thailand to reduce quarantine period for vaccinated travellers

Three Thai protest leaders denied bail on royal insult charges; more activists charged in court

Chiang Mai the world's most polluted city today

Thai corporate giants in the race for LNG shipper licence

Philippines:

Philippines: No strict lockdown despite big spike in Covid-19 cases as total nears 598,000

Philippine police kill 9 in raids on suspected rebels (update)

Philippine rights watchdog probes deadly anti-communist raids

''Bloody Sunday': At least 9 killed in raids against civil rights groups across the Philippines

Cinemas, arcades shuttered again in Metro Manila

Moderna deal struck for 13 million doses

Vietnam:

Vietnam: Country's plastic import value surges in 2 months as Covid-19 cases come under control

Vietnam vaccinates Covid-19 front-liners with its first doses

FECON kicks off tunnel boring for Hanoi railway project

Vietnam kicks off Covid-19 vaccination campaign



Myanmar:

EU preparing sanctions on Myanmar military businesses, documents show

Two protesters killed as Myanmar workers go on strike; shops and factories closed

Australia halts defence ties with Myanmar, redirects aid

Shops, factories closed, sarongs waved as protests intensify in Myanmar

Myanmar security forces 'maintaining' universities and hospitals: State newspaper

Myanmar protesters rally after Suu Kyi party official beaten to death

Cambodia:

Cambodia bans sports activities after spike in local Covid-19 cases

Cambodia-US trade hits US$614mil; 24 new Covid-19 cases

Cambodia's dwindling fish stocks put spotlight on changing rivers

Cambodia: AstraZeneca jabs to be rolled out in three priority areas; Covid-19 cases still rising

Laos:

The Laos-Korea silkworm project ends poorly, defeated by the weather

Lao medical workers to be inoculated against Covid-19 with Chinese vaccines

Laos: Election achieves goal to strengthen legislative bodies

Brunei:

Brunei reports 305 days without any local Covid-19 cases; 190 cases in total and one of the best record in the world

Technology helped businesses thrive and also curb Covid-19 pandemic, says Brunei Health Minister

‘New normal’ in Sultanate as Covid-19 under control

Covax vaccine to arrive this month from China

Asean:

China has officially ratified RCEP deal, says commerce minister

Asean, once again, don't look away: Inquirer columnists

US disrupting security in South China Sea: Chinese FM

S. Korea finds no link found between deaths and coronavirus vaccine

China FM: No one cares about Hong Kong's stability and prosperity more than Beijing

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