Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Friday (Dec 17)


A diver wearing Santa Claus costume swims with marine creatures inside the oceanarium of the Manila Ocean Park in Manila, the Philippines. - Xinhua

Malaysia:

Covid-19 Watch: 4,362 cases on Friday (Dec 17), cumulative figure now 2,711,764

Covid-19 Watch: 97.4% of adult population fully vaccinated

Covid-19: Recoveries continue to outnumber new cases, says Health DG

SIS: Malaysia has a long way to go to bridge gender gap

Dr M undergoing health checks at IJN, no visitors allowed

Warisan to contest GE15 in Peninsular Malaysia too

Banking sector to continue assisting borrowers facing difficulties, says PM

Tanjung Balau tragedy: One more body found, one rescued victim dies in hospital

Khairy: Violence against women is a health issue

MMEA radar detects 1,110 suspicious activities at sea since May 2020

MMEA rescues four after fishing boat capsizes in heavy seas

Decision on single wholesale network for 5G rollout to be known soon, says Annuar Musa

This picture taken from Tunggul Arum village in Sleman on December 16, 2021 shows Mount Merapi releasing hot lava. - AFPThis picture taken from Tunggul Arum village in Sleman on December 16, 2021 shows Mount Merapi releasing hot lava. - AFP

Singapore:

Singapore reports 412 new Covid-19 cases - 35 imported cases and only one death on Friday (Dec 17)

Binance among firms stymied by Singapore money-laundering rules

Youth molested niece as he was addicted to hentai - a manga genre that has sexually explicit images

Banned Singapore publication, The Online Citizen, loses court bid to restore website

SG woman saved from losing S$500,000 after digital-asset firm flags scam to cops

SG businesswoman ignores daughter’s warning, loses over S$500,000 in scam by man in China

Asian shares mostly lower after tech-led retreat on Wall Street

Oil prices head for weekly loss on Omicron coronavirus uncertainty

Singapore setting up paediatric vaccination centres; one can jab 1,000 children a day

Changi Airport worker tests positive for Omicron; 24 confirmed cases to date

Changi Airport sees increase in air traffic

Indonesia:

Indonesia reports 291 new Covid-19 cases and seven more deaths on Friday (Dec 17)

Jokowi urges calm as Indonesia reports first Omicron case

Bali reopens but only gets two foreign tourists in first month

Indonesia's Semeru volcano ejects hot clouds again, thousands seek temporary shelter

World Bank recommends Indonesia cut coal subsidies amid green transition

‘Forgotten’ animals rescued after eruption

Elephant poacher and traders jailed

Bad year for human rights

People take pictures with light installation “Poinsetti-verse” by Thai artist Theerawat Klangjaroenchai at the Awakening Samyan light art festival in Bangkok on Friday, December 17, 2021. - AFPPeople take pictures with light installation “Poinsetti-verse” by Thai artist Theerawat Klangjaroenchai at the Awakening Samyan light art festival in Bangkok on Friday, December 17, 2021. - AFP

Thailand:

No Thai will pay for alternative Covid-19 vaccine, rules administrative court as cases continue to go lower

Thailand may impose stock-trading tax to lift government revenue

Thailand launches first ever 5G smart hospital

Thailand's 'Nora' dance drama now in Unesco's intangible cultural heritage list

Thailand records 3,537 Covid-19 cases and 41 deaths

Blinken’s Thailand plans cancelled over Covid-19 case

Southern Thai dance form 'nora' gets UNESCO heritage status

Philippines:

Philippines logs 582 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (Dec 17); top official warns people not to be complacent

12 dead as powerful typhoon continues to batter the Philippines

Philippines - Filipinos resort to hybrid Christmas party amid Omicron threat

Philippines peso trades flat, rupiah weakens as hawkish pivot by major central banks pressures Asian FX

Pandemic pushes millions in Philippines into poverty

Super typhoon mass exodus

Typhoon Rai weakens after pummelling central Philippines

In this handout photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, a damaged structure caused by Typhoon Rai at the airport in Siargao island, Surigao del Norte province, southern Philippines on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. A strong typhoon engulfed villages in floods that trapped residents on roofs, toppled trees and knocked out power in southern and central island provinces, where more than 300,000 villagers had fled to safety before the onslaught, officials said. - APIn this handout photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, a damaged structure caused by Typhoon Rai at the airport in Siargao island, Surigao del Norte province, southern Philippines on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. A strong typhoon engulfed villages in floods that trapped residents on roofs, toppled trees and knocked out power in southern and central island provinces, where more than 300,000 villagers had fled to safety before the onslaught, officials said. - AP

Vietnam:

National tally of Covid-19 cases surpasses 1.5 million as Vietnam reports 15,236 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (Dec 17)

Vietnam suggests early finalisation of code of conduct on seabed mining

First database of genomic variants for Vietnamese population announced

Vietnam to resume nine regular international air routes

Vietnam's trade revenue to surpass US$660bil by year-end

Two jailed over FB posts on deadly land dispute clash

Belgium opens truck deaths trial

Myanmar:

Myanmar's ousted leader Suu Kyi appears in prison uniform in court

Argentine case into crimes against Myanmar's Rohingya minority community begins

In Myanmar jungle, civilians prepare to battle military rulers

Hundreds flee to Thailand as rebels clash with Myanmar army

Photographer arrested at protest dies in custody

Covid-19 cases rise to 527,714 in Myanmar

Public urges gas, gems sanctions to stop military funding

A worker cleans fish to be made as 'prahok' (fermented fish paste) at Chrang Chamres village along the Tonle Sap river in Phnom Penh. - AFPA worker cleans fish to be made as 'prahok' (fermented fish paste) at Chrang Chamres village along the Tonle Sap river in Phnom Penh. - AFP

Cambodia

Cambodia: Daily international flights between Siem Reap and Singapore resume

Cambodia arrests two senior police officers for encroaching on flooded forest land in Tonle Sap, kingdom's largest freshwater lake

Cambodia's Covid-19 death toll tops 3,000 with 3 new fatalities

New online human trafficking schemes and scams discussed at Cambodia meet

Laos:

Laos economy expected to grow 4.2 per cent in 2022

Covid-19 recovery: Laos to reopen for tourists from Jan 1, 2022

Germany commits 7.25mil Euro to Lao training project

Brunei:

Brunei has enough Covid-19 vaccines for booster drive, says top Ministry of Health specialist

Booster is crucial amid rise of Omicron, says Brunei expert

Royal Brunei cabin crew named world’s best

Public welcomes endemic phase with optimism

Flowers are laid down for victims in front of a building where a fire broke out in Osaka, Japan on Friday, December 17, 2021. - ReutersFlowers are laid down for victims in front of a building where a fire broke out in Osaka, Japan on Friday, December 17, 2021. - Reuters

AseanPlus:

World coal power demand to hit new high after China, India, US surge

Election fever grips Hong Kong

India missing chance to shape WTO’s digital economy ‘rule book’, analysts say

Japan PM to seek maiden US visit as early as Jan 2022: sources

Kim Jong-un's crackdowns leave N.Korea defectors with little hope

27 feared dead in building fire in Japan's Osaka: media

20 trapped miners rescued from flooded coal mine in north China

Beijing dismisses claims from Lithuania on safety of diplomats

Japan reports first domestically acquired Omicron infection

Omicron variant: how long can Hong Kong maintain tough quarantine rules amid global wave?

Coronavirus: Chinese manufacturing hub Dongguan reports more new local cases

Tencent, Alibaba push Hang Seng into weekly loss as US sanctions more Chinese firms over Xinjiang issues

China tech crackdown: Tencent gets regulatory greenlight to resume updates for nine apps after three-week suspension

India central bank's push towards card security likely to hit merchants, lenders - industry sources

Xinhua: China to let ride-hailing drivers, delivery workers form unions

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi blames ‘forces with ulterior motives’ for Solomon Island riots

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