Asean News Headlines as at 8pm on Tuesday (April 20)

Passengers wearing protective facemasks look at their mobile phones in a commuter train in Bangkok, after the recent outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus cases in Thailand. - AFP


Covid-19: 2,341 new cases, sixth consecutive day above 2,000 mark

Malaysia biggest loser as new press freedom index released

Najib 'abandoned' his defence by admitting he told Jho Low to pad his bank account, court hears

95% of frontliners have received first Covid-19 shot, says Khairy

Seven Malaysians in Forbes' latest '30 under 30 Asia' list

Anwar says 'comfortable' in Port Dickson, prepared to defend seat in GE15

Ringgit opens higher as crude oil prices stabilise

Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman appointed WHO Science Council member

MACC remands boarding school supervisor over RM20mil in false claims for food supplies


Singapore tightens border measures for travellers from India; only 14 cases on Monday (April 21)

Singaporean student caught on livestream being attacked by man with knife in London

Singapore prosecution files more charges over nickel trading scandal

DBS, StanChart among potential bidders for Citi's Asia consumer business

Singapore expressway accident leaves 1 foreign worker dead, 16 injured

Singapore to take new moves in boosting maritime innovation

Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble: ‘mid-May’ target for long-awaited deal amid coronavirus pandemic

40kg heroin, cannabis seized


China to cooperate with Indonesia against "vaccine divide"; Indonesia's Covid-19 total hits above 1.61 million

Emerging markets: Indonesian rupiah firm as central bank holds rates to support forex stability

Indonesia's central bank keeps interest rates steady

6.4-magnitude quake hits western Indonesia, no casualty reported

Garuda Indonesia drops Australia court appeal in price-fixing case, told to pay US$15mil fine

Iran, Indonesia foreign ministers discuss trade, economy

Villagers suffer price of development amid airport project


Thailand approves handouts for 2.4 million people, plans more over new virus wave

Thailand says has enough hospital space amid new coronavirus wave after another day of 1,000-over cases

Thailand floats hydro-solar projects for its dams as fossil fuel supplement

Thailand seeks 5-10 million doses of Pfizer vaccines

Thailand: PM Prayut to skip special Asean meeting on Myanmar

Thai cenbank says outbreak uncertain, ready to introduce more measures

Thailand making all necessary preparations for Thais returning from Malaysia


Philippines' Covid-19 cases rise to 953,106 with 7,379 new infections; a big struggle for hospitals in country

Two dead, 20 cargo ship crew missing amid typhoon in Philippines; tens of thousands remain in evacuation centres

Philippines to start clinical trials on ivermectin, other drugs for Covid-19

Free food pantries sprout in Philippines as aid are delayed

The Philippines has granted emergency use authorisation of Johnson & Johnson and India's Biotech vaccines

Philippine hospitals struggle to cope as more severe Covid-19 wave hits


Portrait by late Vietnamese painter breaks price record

Vietnamese flock to festival, shrug off Covid-19 outbreak risk

Vietnam govt divert vaccines mean for soldiers and cops to people; 10 new Covid-29 cases

Vietnamese man extradited to Belgium over deaths of 39 migrants case that gripped Vietnam

Vietnam steel producers post outstanding results in Q1 on higher rebar price as 7 new Covid-19 cases are confirmed on Tuesday (Apr 20)

Four students drown during beach outing

Cultural fest celebrates country’s founders – the Hung Kings


EU sanctions 10 Myanmar junta officials

UN chief highlights key role of Asean in finding peaceful solution to Myanmar crisis

Guterres and Ban Ki-moon call for Asean to act on Myanmar

Myanmar state media says death toll in violence exaggerated

Small groups with big dreams

Japanese among 65 reporters held


Cambodia's garment manufacturers group appeals for understanding as production halts due to Covid-19

Cambodian PM thanks China for its assistance as country logs 431 new Covid-19 cases, four more deaths

Cambodia sentences man to one-year in jail for defying lockdown measure

Eight fined for not wearing masks


Covid-19: Lao' Saravan province closes tourist attractions, entertainment venues due to pandemic

Laos PM orders vaccination programme accelerated, expanded

Laos: Border patrols stepped up to prevent spread of virus as two new cases of Covid-19 confirmed


‘Vaccines effective in controlling pandemic’, says Brunei MOH

Brunei to resume AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine use with conditions

Covid-19 vaccines help prevent severe symptoms, says Brunei minister; as country confirms two new imported cases


Amazon’s clash with Tencent killed its Lord Of The Rings video game after the Chinese tech giant acquired Leyou

China's President Xi calls for more equitable global governance

Chinese physicist hunts for a ghost particle, undeterred by US-China friction

China-Australia relations: on first anniversary of trade conflict, hay-import licences bedevil Australian exporters

Japanese shares slump as virus surge stokes slowdown worries

China will never seek hegemony, expansion, sphere of influence, says Xi

Carmaker Geely enters China’s packed electric-vehicle arena with the long-range Zeekr 001

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