Asean News Headlines as at 7pm on Wednesday (March 24)

The current sight of the Johor-Singapore Causeway where only lorries are seen crossing the bridge. - THOMAS YONG/The Star


Health Minister: AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, will be used in Malaysia

Malaysia to return US plastic waste shipment under new UN rules

Zafrul: National statutory debt definition unchanged since 2009

EU, US firms rank Malaysia second most favourable in Asean

214th Police Day: Integrity biggest challenge for PDRM

February inflation edges up 0.1% due to goods and services, food

Penang cops bust drug lab, seize RM11.8mil worth of narcotics


Singapore announces further easing of Covid-19 restrictions; only 15 imported cases reported

Singapore expands Covid-19 vaccinations to younger age group

Singapore tests distancing dongles to track mingling at meetings

Malaysia, Singapore use blockchain technology for vaccination certificates, says KJ

Singapore blogger ordered to pay US$100,000 for defaming PM

Republic on a green mission

Malaysia and Singapore affirm working towards safe travel


Indonesia to reopen more locations to Singapore travellers; 5,227 new Covid-19 cases, total now at 1,476,452

Indonesia finance ministry pledges to continue tapering fiscal support

DNeX's Indonesian condortium bags RM12.18 million contract to install submarine cables

Indonesia pledges reforms will ensure Central Bank independence

Indonesian rupiah weakens the most as Asian FX mostly on backfoot after investors flee to safer havens

Indonesia deports Russian fugitive wanted by Interpol


Thailand: Bangkok announces strict measures during Songkran fest; another 69 Covid-19 cases confirmed

Thailand wants its famous local dish 'Tom Yam Kung' for Unesco listing in 2021

Thailand named three new Cabinet members; replaces ministers convicted of insurrection

Thailand approves US$11.3bil support measures for pandemic-hit businesses

Thai keeps key rate at record low, cuts 2021 GDP outlook

Thai coffin-maker kickflips his caskets into skateboards


Second batch of Sinovac vaccines donated by China arrives in Philippines as Covid-19 total hits 677,653

China embassy in Philippines takes swipe at 'fusty' Japan over South China Sea

Philippines probes immigration officers over trafficking women to Syria

Duterte should tell ‘friend’ China to ‘back off our backyard,’ says Carpio

Philippines' top court probes deadly violence against lawyers, judges

Palace: Disease task force to remain


Vietnam seeks to diversify Covid-19 vaccine sources amid supply issues

Ho Chi Minh City hopes to become South-East Asia start-up hub

Two Vietnamese fishing boats, 19 crew members held for poaching

Vietnam Vinfast puts new electric model in the market

Vietnam's top legislature opens session, major key personnel changes in sight

Lego collector recreates Vietnam street scenes in miniature


'No noises, only birds': silent strike shuts Myanmar as prisoners freed

Myanmar junta frees hundreds held for anti-coup protests

Myanmar junta defends crackdown, vows to stop 'anarchy' but sad at deaths

Japan state-funded hotel deal pays rent to Myanmar defence ministry

Myanmar set for silent strike after violence claims youngest victim

Military vows to stop ‘anarchy’


Cambodia: Masks, distancing mandatory in Covid-19 hotspots

Cambodia: Covid-19 cases still rising as Kingdom reports its fifth virus death

Cambodia stops plans for ambitious integrated casino resort at Siem Reap province


Laos: School feeding project launched to support priority schools

Laos Government to address seven urgent issues to spur development

Xi congratulates Thongloun on election as Laos president


Brunei: More progressive approach to enhance public transportation, says Ministry

Brunei suspends cross-border activities with Malaysia for 2 more weeks

Brunei: Vaccine briefing for senior citizens; only 14 active cases remaining in the country


Coronavirus: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vows to discuss travel deals with overseas governments to allow cross-border flows of vaccinated residents

World Bank sees US$6bil wasted on plastics in South-East Asia

Tokyo Olympic torch relay stirs mixed emotions ahead of its Fukushima start

North Korea launches short-range missiles, but US officials play down move

Asian shares hit two-week lows, dollar gains and closes to near four-month high as investors scurry for cover

Oil price steadies but recovery stunded by European lockdowns, US stockbuild

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