Asean News Headlines as at 9pm on Friday (June 18)


Covid-19: 6,440 new cases on Friday (June 18)

Sunway University ranked Malaysia’s top private university

FDI slips to lowest since 2009 due to pandemic

National Budget Office: Safer to open economy in stages

Ismail Sabri: 106 factories ordered to close for not complying with SOP

Home Minister: Most enforcement personnel now vaccinated against Covid-19

MMC to suspend all temporary registration certificates for medical degrees that show discrepancies

Covid-19: Malaysia hits new high with 221,706 vaccine jabs administered nationwide

Factory operators who misused Miti letters slapped with 10 compound notices totalling RM189,500

Lotus's Malaysia launches flagship stores in Penang, Johor

High spikes in registration as vaccinations revved up

Think tank Insap proposes seven more pillars for National Recovery Plan, focusing on welfare, livelihood


Singapore sees first day rush for Sinovac vaccine; as 16 Covid-19 cases announced on Friday (June 18)

Switzerland topples Singapore in IMD's world competitiveness ranking; first time in 33 years for the Swiss

Singapore calibrates reopening plans, dine-in to resume but limited to two persons

HSBC: Malaysia, Singapore regional hubs for green financing

DBS investigating duplicate deductions reported by credit and debit card users in Singapore

Asian shares mostly rise as markets digest Fed moves

Lecturer sacked for serious misconduct over racist remark


Indonesia reports highest number of daily Covid-19 cases since late January; 12,990 cases on Friday (June 18)

Emerging markets: Indonesia stocks fall 2% on virus surge, yields hit two-month high

Garuda puts off debt payment again as it faces funding crunch

Indonesia takes taper talk in stride, holds benchmark interest rates at record low

WHO warns of fresh Indonesia surge fed by virus variants

Indonesia gets US$800mil loan from World Bank for policy reform


Three million Chinese jabs heading to Thailand, says PM as Covid-19 cases continues to surge in country

Thailand to further ease restaurant dine-in restrictions despite high case tally

Over 60% of Thailand's Phuket residents given Covid-19 vaccine as island ready to reopen

Bank Negara, Bank of Thailand launch cross-border QR payment linkage

Thailand targets fully reopening in 120 days to reboot economy

Three officials transferred over extortion


Philippines Covid-19 cases total almost 1.35 million as govt allows more health workers are allowed to go abroad

Digital nomads flee virus-hit Manila for shattered tourist towns

Philippines allows more nurses, doctors to leave for jobs abroad

Arrested ex-Philippine mayor killed after grabbing police's firearm

Weather bureau joins forces with TikTok

Duterte mulls veep bid


Ho Chih Minh City leads Vietnam's Covid-19 tally on Friday (June 18) with highest daily increase

Vietnam urges WHO to accelerate COVAX drive as country's Covid-19 cases hit record numbers

Vietnam introduces nationwide code of conduct for social media

Vietnam reports record high daily new Covid-19 cases on Thursday night (June 17)

Vietnam calls for early completion of Asean travel corridor arrangement

Additional 6 million doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer vaccines to arrive in Vietnam in Q3


UN Assembly to vote on resolution condemning Myanmar junta

Myanmar extends detention of US journalist Danny Fenster

Covid-19 infections surges to almost 148,000 in Myanmar

US journalist held in Myanmar appears in special court

US still not granted access to American Danny Fenster detained in Myanmar

‘Troops torched Magway village’


Cambodia: 30,000 bottles of dong quai wine destroyed after seven killed; major drug bust by cops

Cambodia's Covid-19 infection rates continue to rise as 799 new cases confirmed

World Bank says Cambodia's economy to rebound by 4% this year


Laos Covid-19 taskforce reports virus continues to be transmitted through close contacts of patients

Vaccinated travellers still need to comply with Covid-19 measures to enter Laos

Laos: No travel privileges even with two doses of vaccine, says top official

Covid-19 vaccine offered to foreign nationals


A showcase of digital technology in Brunei

Public service key to Brunei’s growth and development, says minister

China and Asean pledge efforts to safeguard regional peace


Japan Inc joins Covid-19 vaccination push as Olympics loom

China's Shenzhou-12 mission contributes further to human space exploration

Scion of Dalian Wanda accused of sending abusive texts to online celebrity

Five executives of Apple Daily arrested on national security charges, shutdown of paper 'can't be ruled out'

Guangzhou’s fight against Delta variant sounds alarm for other cities in preventing variant strains, say experts

China’s market rebound in second half looks unlikely as policy tightening will hold back rally, BCA Research says

Biden and Putin call Geneva talks ‘positive’, ‘constructive’, but differences emerged over how much they will cooperate

US to counter China’s ‘malign’ influence on United Nations, says senior official

Restrictions are needed but full US-China tech decoupling isn’t wise, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says

Long stay mission in space launched

Asian banks face staff retaining issues

Olympics-Tokyo 2020 chief on possible collision course with expert on spectators

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