Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Saturday (Aug 13, 2022)


Dancers perform during a cultural event at the end of the Super Garuda Shield joint military exercise in Martapura, South Sumatra on Saturday, August 13, 2022. US and Indonesian soldiers were joined in the two-week exercise by forces from Australia and Singapore -- as well as Japan, which is participating for the first time in the annual drills. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Covid-19 Watch: 3,943 new cases, says Health Ministry

* Idris: Stern action awaits woman who performed umrah in men’s clothes

* Hopping mad: Frogs get a good roasting by Namewee

* Malaysia continues to support UN-Habitat programme, says PM

* Short-term rates to remain stable on Bank Negara Malaysia's operations

* Wan Junaidi: GIACC to do policy drafting for Political Funding Bill

* I'll stop pointing fingers if Pakatan answers six questions on LCS, says Najib

* Three times more dengue fever cases in Kelantan compared to last year, says exco member

* Government to focus on putting LCS project back on track, says Hishammuddin

* Agricuture industry players told to stop using carbofuran, chlorpyrifos pesticides

* Govt studying calls to lift ban on chicken exports, says PM

* Education Ministry to prepare portal for bullying complaints

Singapore:

* Singapore reports 4,403 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (Aug 13)

* Singapore teenager charged with public nuisance offence after older man is bullied on MRT train

* Singapore's RM103 million luxury goods scam: Couple charged, husband says 'our mistake' to flee Singapore

* Life sentence for Singaporean man who murdered wife while on holiday in UK

* Photographers awestruck by supermoon and full moon

* Apps turning restaurant leftovers into cheap meals take off in Asia

* Art behind bars from female prisoners

* The million dollars scam: Fugitive couple charged

* Oil price falls 2% on expectations that US Gulf supply disruption will ease

Dancers perform during a cultural event at the end of the Super Garuda Shield joint military exercise in Martapura, South Sumatra on Saturday, August 13, 2022. US and Indonesian soldiers were joined in the two-week exercise by forces from Australia and Singapore -- as well as Japan, which is participating for the first time in the annual drills. - AFPDancers perform during a cultural event at the end of the Super Garuda Shield joint military exercise in Martapura, South Sumatra on Saturday, August 13, 2022. US and Indonesian soldiers were joined in the two-week exercise by forces from Australia and Singapore -- as well as Japan, which is participating for the first time in the annual drills. - AFP

Indonesia

* Second Indonesian political alliance formed amid jockeying for 2024 elections

* Indonesia maintains high target of foreign tourist arrivals amid rising Covid-19 cases

* Abuses-accused defence minister Prabowo enters Indonesia presidential race

* Emerging markets - Indonesian rupiah, Malaysian ringgit gain among tepid Asian Forex

* Moderate 5.0 quake strikes South Sumba in Indonesia

* ‘Indonesians must prepare for a potential fuel price hike’

* Stubbing out underage smoking

Thailand:

* Thailand records 2,140 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 35 deaths on Saturday (Aug 13)

* Thailand: Singaporean driver killed in Phuket road accident, her 4 passengers injured

* Thailand to protect newborns with TDAP shots for pregnant women

* Storm Mulan leaves trail of flood devastation across northern Thailand

* Thailand's tourism-reliant economy has gathered pace in second quarter of 2022

* Hunt for foreigner found catching parrotfish

Philippines:

* Same-sex union bill filed in predominantly catholic Philippines

* Philippines officially cancels chopper deal with Russia

* Magnitude 5.8 earthquake rattles Southern Philippines on Saturday (Aug 13) afternoon

* Philippines GDP grows 7.4 per cent in second quarter of 2022

* School closures leave scars

Soldiers react during a cultural event at the end of the Super Garuda Shield joint military exercise in Martapura, South Sumatra on Saturday, August 13, 2022. US and Indonesian soldiers were joined in the two-week exercise by forces from Australia and Singapore -- as well as Japan, which is participating for the first time in the annual drills. - AFPSoldiers react during a cultural event at the end of the Super Garuda Shield joint military exercise in Martapura, South Sumatra on Saturday, August 13, 2022. US and Indonesian soldiers were joined in the two-week exercise by forces from Australia and Singapore -- as well as Japan, which is participating for the first time in the annual drills. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam logs 1,815 new coronavirus cases and one death on Saturday (Aug 13)

* Vietnam's domestic tourism continues strong growth

* 22-year-old beauty from southern province Dong Nai becomes Miss World Vietnam 2022

* Vietnam needs US$8-US$14bil power investment a year through 2030, says minister

* World Bank forecasts Vietnam 2022 GDP a robust growth at 7.5%, inflation at 3.8%

Myanmar:

* Myanmar junta curbs political parties meeting foreigners

* Myanmar to hold tourism exhibition to revitalise pandemic-hit industry

* Source: Aussie pleads not guilty in junta trial

* Japanese lawmaker meets junta chief

Cambodia:

* Cambodia committed to cracking down on human trafficking, says top govt official

* Cambodian govt urge their people to say "no" to wildlife trade and consumption

* World Elephant Day pushes conservation efforts of species

Laos:

* Locally-transmitted Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Laos

* Laos sees visitors increase in first half of 2022

Brunei:

* British trade envoy sees potential in further UK-Brunei collaboration

* Brunei's trade balance rises 73.1 per cent in April

Soldiers greet dancers during a cultural event at the end of the Super Garuda Shield joint military exercise in Martapura, South Sumatra on Saturday, August 13, 2022. US and Indonesian soldiers were joined in the two-week exercise by forces from Australia and Singapore -- as well as Japan, which is participating for the first time in the annual drills. - AFPSoldiers greet dancers during a cultural event at the end of the Super Garuda Shield joint military exercise in Martapura, South Sumatra on Saturday, August 13, 2022. US and Indonesian soldiers were joined in the two-week exercise by forces from Australia and Singapore -- as well as Japan, which is participating for the first time in the annual drills. - AFP

AseanPlus

* Hong Kong reports 5,308 new Covid-19 cases, highest in four months

* 65 flights cancelled in Japan over Typhoon Meari

* Taiwan's foreign ministry thanks US for maintaining security in Taiwan Strait

* HK$4.65 million worth of illegal cigarettes seized daily by Hong Kong customs, with HK$1.03 billion of contraband uncovered this year

* Salman Rushdie, novelist who drew death threats, on ventilator after New York stabbing

* Authors, celebrities and politicians voice disbelief at Salman Rushdie stabbing

* ‘How dare he!’: Chinese man sues adult son for mocking him after he failed a maths quiz at family gathering gone wrong

* Nancy Pelosi says Beijing used her trip as pretext for aggressive Taiwan Strait actions

* Secoo, once China’s top online luxury goods retailer, files for bankruptcy amid waning consumer demand

* US-China tech war: Seoul walks fine line as Washington puts pressure on South Korean firms’ chip manufacturing on mainland

* Hong Kong protests: Pair jailed 5½ years for rioting, cleared of manslaughter over street clash that led to death of elderly cleaner

* Hong Kong population shrinks for second year under curbs

* Hong Kong police arrest man, seize HK$150,000 worth of drugs in raid on public housing flat

* India's palm oil imports fall in July as soyoil jumps to record high

* Cathay Pacific investors ride ‘full recovery’ in US$3.1 billion post-pandemic stock rebound as HSBC, Credit Suisse predict better times

* Chinese space telescope team hopes to join race to find Earth-like planets – and maybe signs of life

* Chinese scientists develop salt-tolerant soybean that may reduce reliance on imports

* Motor racing-Formula E title goes down to Sunday's finale in Seoul

* Scientists find what could be the face of a king at an ancient pyramid in China

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