Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Sunday (April 17, 2022)


Catholic devotees light candles during the traditional procession where the images of Christ and Mary meet, on Easter Sunday, outside the St. Peter Parish Shrine of Leaders, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on Sunday, April 17, 2022. - Reuters

Malaysia:

* Covid-19: Recoveries exceed new cases on Saturday (April 16), says Health DG

* Covid-19 Watch: 9,705 new cases, says Health Ministry

* Covid-19: Sarawak to give booster shots to immunocompromised adolescents

* Covid-19: Cases in Sabah stable, but risk of sporadic infections remains high, says Masidi

* Ismail Sabri's position unaffected by Umno's decision not to extend MOU with Pakatan, says Annuar Musa

* New guidelines for schools management and operation to be announced this month

* May 12 Najib-Anwar face-off over Sapura

* The climate crisis turns up the heat on Malaysia’s food security

* Bursa Malaysia to see cautious trading this week

* Ringgit likely to be on downward trend against US dollar this week

* Malaysia strongly condemns burning of Holy Quran in Sweden

* BN should hold GE15 now, let the people decide their govt of choice, says Shafie

The Easter congregation at Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Queen Street in Singapore, on Sunday, April 17, 2022. -  The Straits Times/ANNThe Easter congregation at Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Queen Street in Singapore, on Sunday, April 17, 2022. - The Straits Times/ANN

Singapore:

* Singapore: Christians celebrate Easter Sunday in person after two years of Covid-19 curbs

* Lawrence Wong's deputy will be decided later by him, says Singapore PM Lee

* Singapore residents split on views of otters as wildlife enthusiasts call for coexistence

* Lawrence Wong to be Singapore's next PM if PAP wins next election, says Lee Hsien Loong

* Johor MB expected to meet Singapore PM on Monday (April 18)

* Rising abuse in public sectors

Indonesia

* Indonesia's new capital's State Palace and the House building ready by 2024, say top officials

* High income hopes fade for some South-East Asian countries - special focus from The Straits Times

* Indonesian activists call for swift implementation of sexual violence law

* Indonesia remains a paradise for thrift shoppers

* Ramadan bustle returns; Covid-19 case down

Christians attend Easter Sunday mass at the Cathedral Santo Petrus in Bandung on Sunday, April 17, 2022. - AFPChristians attend Easter Sunday mass at the Cathedral Santo Petrus in Bandung on Sunday, April 17, 2022. - AFP

Thailand:

* Thailand records 17,775 Covid-19 cases and 128 deaths on Sunday as PM2.5 pollution warning issued for Bangkok

* Students to get Pfizer Covid-19 boosters in time for new school year, say Thailand's Department of Disease Control

* Thai PM orders ministry and agencies to prepare for possible post-Songkran Covid-19 surge

* Thai government says Ramadan bombings won't derail peace talks with rebels

* Youngsters turn to supernatural powers

Philippines:

* One dead and three injured in cargo ship fire in the Philippines

* Presidential candidates refuse to back rival Robredo in Philippine race

* Four Philippine presidential candidates, including Pacquiao, won't quit race

* Death toll in landslides, floods triggered by tropical storm Megi in the Philippines hit 172

* Disinformation is a threat

Vietnam:

* Vietnam reports 14,660 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (April 17); lowest number of daily infections in two months

* Vietnam: Children aged 5-11 in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City get first vaccine shot

* People in close contact with Covid-19 patients no longer required to self-quarantine, says Vietnam health ministry

* South-East Asia's tourism industry begins uneven recovery

* Man arrested in northern Vietnam for trafficking heroin cakes

Children dressed as angels wave during the traditional procession where the images of Christ and Mary meet, on Easter Sunday, outside the St. Peter Parish Shrine of Leaders, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on Sunday, April 17, 2022. - ReutersChildren dressed as angels wave during the traditional procession where the images of Christ and Mary meet, on Easter Sunday, outside the St. Peter Parish Shrine of Leaders, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on Sunday, April 17, 2022. - Reuters

Myanmar:

* Myanmar's Yangon international airport reopens after two-year suspension

* Myanmar junta still refuses to release political prisoners despite freeing 1,600 prisoners in holiday amnesty

* Myanmar junta says to free 1,600 prisoners in new year amnesty

* Rebel troupe takes aim at junta with folk satire

Cambodia:

* Cambodia: First two days of Khmer New Year saw over 2.4 million revellers; only 16 Covid-19 cases on Sunday (April 16)

* Endangered pangolins get new lease of life in South African clinic

* Historical statue - ‘It embodies Cambodia’s identity’

* More New Year revellers than before pandemic

Laos:

* Urgent actions needed to save the Mekong river as it faces unprecedented challenges, says expert

* Laos with tourism businesses in country mull ways to attract more Korean tourists

Brunei:

* Brunei: Children start receiving their Covid-19 booster shots; only 210 infections reported on Saturday night (April 16)

* 17 foreigners nabbed in operations conducted by Brunei immigration department

Christians wearing face masks attend an Easter service at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 17, 2022. The church allowed 70 percent members of the capacity to attend the Easter service as a part of the measures to prevent against the coronavirus. - APChristians wearing face masks attend an Easter service at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 17, 2022. The church allowed 70 percent members of the capacity to attend the Easter service as a part of the measures to prevent against the coronavirus. - AP

AseanPlus:

* China: Shanghai unveils business restart plan on supply chain woes

* United States aims strengthening its ties with Asia a foreign policy priority; will host Asean leaders in mid-May

* US President Biden to host US-Asean Special Summit in Washington, DC, in May

* One dead and six injured in oil tanker explosion east of Hong Kong

* China's Shenzhou 13 - ‘Mission accomplished’

* More Chinese cities impose Covid-19 curbs as cases rise

* Hong Kong marks National Security Education Day

* North Korea - No military might in sight

* Robots are learning to think like humans. Can they meet Amazon’s demands for speed?

* Covid-19: Omicron infections are shorter than Delta ones

* Broad measures for Asia’s post-Ukraine war and Covid-19 pandemic recovery

* Russia-Ukraine conflict: Manageable prices in Asia

* India's minister for minorities rejects claims of rising bigotry: report

* Watch your back: Chinese study finds Covid-19 could be on your tail

* Tackling the pandemic of inequality

* China Eastern restarts flights using Boeing 737-800 after March crash - data

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