Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Saturday (Nov 27)


A couple takes pictures in a sunflower field in Lopburi, Thailand, on Saturday (Nov 27). - Reuters

Malaysia:

Covid-19 Watch: 5,097 new cases bring total to 2,619,577

Covid-19: Most of 5,097 new cases are asymptomatic, have mild symptoms, says Health DG

Covid-19: Health Ministry closely monitoring WHO, other countries over Omicron variant, says Khairy

Johor MB hopes number of people travelling through VTL-Land will bring crowd back to pre-Covid-19 times

Govt still studying operating model for Cyberjaya Hospital, says Khairy

Top US diplomat for Asia to visit Malaysia and three other Asean countries

ERL launches RM1 special fare for all stops this weekend

Consumers fret over increase in prices of wet goods

JPJ: Road tax for almost 3.8 million vehicles yet to be renewed, owners encouraged to do so before Dec 31

Dr Wee: Flight frequencies to Sarawak increased to reduce ticket prices

AirAsia KL-Kuching tickets drop below RM200 after Sarawak authorities approve more flights

Malaysia's first online cinema launched, offering hundreds of on-demand content

A pedestrian passing by a banner with the flags of Malaysia and Singapore in Kuala Lumpur before the two governments launch the travel lane for land (VTL) on Monday (Nov 29) which is part of the two country's national recovery plan. - AZMAN GHANI/The StarA pedestrian passing by a banner with the flags of Malaysia and Singapore in Kuala Lumpur before the two governments launch the travel lane for land (VTL) on Monday (Nov 29) which is part of the two country's national recovery plan. - AZMAN GHANI/The Star

Singapore:

Singapore reports 1,761 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (Nov 28); 15th consecutive day the growth rate below one

Captive lion in Singapore recovers after coronavirus infection; Singapore Zoo reopen its African lion exhibit

Oil plunges 10% on Friday night (Nov 27) on new Covid-19 variant concerns, largest one-day drop since April 2020

Singapore set for return to high growth as GDP expands by 7 per cent

Black Friday sales see Singapore shoppers flock to malls

Why Singapore, Zurich and Oslo are the world's 'smartest' cities

Covid-19 variant Omicron a concern, but how big a threat is unknown: Experts

Asia, Europe alarmed by new variant

Govt tightens border measures

Indonesia:

Indonesia reports 404 newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases and 11 more deaths on Saturday (Nov 27)

Bank Indonesia to reduce liquidity in 2022, keep rates low until inflation rises

Indonesia plans to convert coal into gas to substitute natural gas

Indonesia expects to meet 2021 tax revenue goal, says finance minister

Millennials are getting coaxed into the gruelling world of Indonesian farming

Labour law ruling could dim investment outlook, say experts

Concerns rise as vax drive stalls

24 held over extremist financing links

A street vendor sells cotton candy in Old Town, in Jakarta on Saturday (Nov 27). - ReutersA street vendor sells cotton candy in Old Town, in Jakarta on Saturday (Nov 27). - Reuters

Thailand:

Thailand records 6,073 Covid-19 cases and 32 deaths on Saturday (Nov 27)

Frenchman known for mocking government denied entry in Thailand

Thai chain's cannabis pizza: trendy but won't get you high

Thailand approves rapid antigen test for on-arrival screening starting Dec 16

Thailand: Singaporeans in Bangkok cheer VTL with Thailand

Thai govt plans to import 400,000 legal migrant workers

Thai bars set to welcome tourists

Red Bull scion ‘Boss’ may be hiding in Austria

Philippines:

Philippines logs 899 new Covid-19 cases and 188 more deaths on Saturday (Nov 27); travel restrictions to be lessened soon

Philippines temporarily limits rice imports from Vietnam

New Covid-19 variant fears see global travel restrictions increasing as Philippines and Singapore takes steps against variant

Philippines cuts target for ambitious three-day vaccination sprint

Lola Lita, Philippine ‘comfort woman,’ dies without getting justice

Philippines suspends flights from countries with new Covid-19 variant

Reopening to vaccinated tourists begins next week

Nobel winner a ‘flight risk’

Guy Parmelin, President of the Swiss Confederation (left) welcomes Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of Vietnam during a official visit to Switzerland, at the Lohn Residence in Kehrsatz near Bern, Switzerland, on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 . - APGuy Parmelin, President of the Swiss Confederation (left) welcomes Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of Vietnam during a official visit to Switzerland, at the Lohn Residence in Kehrsatz near Bern, Switzerland, on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 . - AP

Vietnam:

Vietnam reports 13,063 new Covid-19 cases and total now stands at 1,197,404 ion Saturday (Nov 27)

Vietnam to resume international flights from 15 countries in December

A grand time indeed; Vietnam stocks hit new milestone in record run this week

Vietnam's commitment at COP26 marks a turning point in climate change policy, says expert

Vietnam considers Japan a long term, important and reliable strategic partner, says PM

Golfing could boost recovery of Vietnam tourism industry

‘Strengthen control over infectious diseases’, says Vietnam

Myanmar:

Two Myanmar-China border crossings re-open for trade

SAC-M urges international community to provide aid to hungry Myanmarese through NUG

Earthquake of 6.1 magnitude hits Myanmar-India border area; Covid-19 cases decreasing in Myanmar

US, allies seek arms boycott of Myanmar, end to violence

Kirin to contest Myanmar junta firm bid to end brewery deal

Boys carry a trolley loaded with bundles of rice stalks during harvesting season in Kampong Speu province, southwestern Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. - APBoys carry a trolley loaded with bundles of rice stalks during harvesting season in Kampong Speu province, southwestern Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. - AP

Cambodia:

Cambodia preparing for potential arrival of new Covid-19 variants, says top health expert

ASEM vows unity, co-op and jab multilateralism, says Cambodian PM

Fresh hopes for species’ survival as 51 royal turtles released into Cambodia's wild

PM pushes multilateralism to partners at Asem13

Laos:

Laos banks on new high-speed railway to draw tourists and investment - A special write-up from The Straits Times

China and Laos education forum aims for higher-education cooperation

New Covid cases hit another high at 1,510 in Laos

Brunei:

Brunei finance minister announces Australia an important trading partner

Brunei keeping an eye on new Covid-19 variant developments

Myanmar needs space to return to normalcy: Brunei sultan

Boosters for 50 and above begin today

Germany's Tobias Mueller falls in the men's ski cross during the FIS Ski Cross World Cup 2022, part of a 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games test event at the Genting Snow Park in Chongli county, Zhangjiakou city, China's Hebei province on Saturday, Nov 27, 2021. - AFPGermany's Tobias Mueller falls in the men's ski cross during the FIS Ski Cross World Cup 2022, part of a 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games test event at the Genting Snow Park in Chongli county, Zhangjiakou city, China's Hebei province on Saturday, Nov 27, 2021. - AFP

AseanPlus:

Number of Covid-19 cases decreasing in India as 8,318 cases reported on Saturday, says the Health Ministry

Hong Kong Canto-pop star and music legend Alan Tam, 71, denies affair allegation by man on social media

WTO's major conference postponed due to new Covid variant

CPO futures likely to trade lower next week

German coalition seals deal for new government, new tough-talking China policy

Cathay Pacific slashing passenger flights to Hong Kong over holiday season

China calls for ‘strict accountability’ at local government levels where funds are misused

Academics and students in the West consider future China studies without access to China

Young consumers driving growth of China's domestic brands

China brings e-cigarettes under tobacco monopoly law

China's industrial profits growth accelerates in Oct

China slams US for 'undemocratic activities'

WhatsApp wins approval to double payments offering to 40 million users in India - source

South Korea unleashes task force on outlawing dog meat

Snowboarding baby is the talk of the town
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