Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Saturday (Dec 3, 2022)


Female Tasmanian Devils look on inside an enclosure at the Night Safari Singapore nocturnal zoo in Singapore after four of the endangered marsupials were introduced in a new exhibit. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Cabinet sworn in before the King at Istana Negara

* Four new senators sworn in on Dec 3

* Anwar: Govt to continue focus on strengthening, empowering the disabled community

* Unity govt not with Zahid, but with coalitions, says Loke

* Appointment as Defence Minister a career leap for Tok Mat

* Cabinet line-up not solely up to PM in unity govt, says Fahmi

* Malaysia cannot afford to withdraw from trans-Pacific trade pact, says group

* Sabah deserves more than two ministers in Anwar's unity govt, say analysts

* Mohamad Sabu hopes for further strengthening of ringgit, lower food import cost

* Bung says Sabah sidelined in Cabinet line-up

* Anwar's promises of good governance out the window with Cabinet line-up, says Muhyiddin

* Edging closer to five million cumulative Covid-19 cases

Anglers fish at sunset at a beach in Banda Aceh. - AFPAnglers fish at sunset at a beach in Banda Aceh. - AFP

Singapore:

* All Singaporeans invited to share views on Budget 2023 in order for strengthening social compact and building resilience

* Cash rich and Saudi backed LIV Golf announces Spain, Singapore, Mexico events

* Oil dips US$1/bbl ahead of OPEC+ meeting and EU Russian oil ban

* The first SMS was sent 30 years ago. When will the last one be?

* Singapore and New York top list of world's most expensive cities

* S’pore chips away at HK’s hedge fund dominance

* Singapore reports 1,052 new Covid-19 cases and zero deaths on Saturday (Dec 3)

Indonesia:

* Magnitude 6.4 quake hits Indonesia's West Java; quake felt in Jakarta

* US cancels trip by LGBTQ envoy to Indonesia after objection

* Indonesia's inflation falls to 5.42 per cent year-on-year in November

* Indonesia aims to starts collecting coal levy in Q1 2023, says minister

* World food prices eased further in November, says FAO

* NGOs take aim at Indonesia over orangutans and academic freedom

Indonesian model, actress, and presenter Luna Maya poses for a photo on the red carpet during the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. - AFPIndonesian model, actress, and presenter Luna Maya poses for a photo on the red carpet during the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. - AFP

Thailand:

* Thailand moves up in list of best countries for retirement

* Russian tourists return to Thailand on chartered flights

* Thailand: Unconscious US passenger on Chiang Mai flight revived in time

* Thai finance minister defends share transaction tax as fair and appropriate

* Thailand says most institutional investors must pay stock tax

Philippines:

* Philippines logs 1,234 new Covid-19 cases and 19 deaths on Saturday (Dec 3)

* Youth HIV infection in the Philippines up 47 per cent since 2019

* Prison holds mass burial for 70 inmates in the Philippines

* With no other choice, Manila’s homeless find shelter in carts

Flowers are pictured on display during the Suan Luang Rama IX flower show in Bangkok. - AFPFlowers are pictured on display during the Suan Luang Rama IX flower show in Bangkok. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam reports 393 new Covid-19 cases and one death on Saturday (Dec 3)

* International arrivals to Vietnam in 11 months; surging 21 times from same period last year

* Vietnam to reduce environmental impact of textile-garment industry by 2030

* Rare Vietnam unicorn sets sights abroad after taking on Facebook

Myanmar:

* UN human rights chief decries new Myanmar death sentences

* UN says Myanmar sentences seven students to death

* In crowded camps, Rohingya embrace family planning

People cross a bridge illuminated with lanterns in Suan Luang Rama IX park in Bangkok. - AFPPeople cross a bridge illuminated with lanterns in Suan Luang Rama IX park in Bangkok. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Digital and green technologies key to Asean smart cities, says Cambodian leader Hun Sen

* Cambodia records over 1.57 million foreign tourists in 10 months

Laos:

* Lao environmental activist wins Women of the Future Award in Singapore

* Laos assessed as ‘medium-risk’ country to visit in south-East Asia

Brunei:

* Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand to jointly nominate kebaya for Unesco heritage list

* ‘Worst flash floods this year’, - Brunei people in shock after heavy rains hit country

Demonstrators hold placards and blank papers during a protest against China's coronavirus disease (Covid-19) restrictions, in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday, December 3, 2022. - ReutersDemonstrators hold placards and blank papers during a protest against China's coronavirus disease (Covid-19) restrictions, in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday, December 3, 2022. - Reuters

AseanPlus:

* Factbox - How many people might die, and why, if China loosens Covid-19 restrictions

* Beijing and Shenzhen loosen more Covid-19 curbs as China easing gathers pace

* Indian state will proceed 'no matter what' with protest-hit Adani port-minister

* S. Korea ex-spy chief arrested over sea border shooting, reports Yonhap

* Ex-South Korean official arrested over case of man slain by North Korea

* China's Shenzhou XIV astronauts to return to Earth on Sunday (Dec 4) after six-month stint

* Hong Kong HIV patient shows stigma can be defeated, once forced to live in isolation at home by his own mother

* ‘I was brave once, he has been brave all his life’: paralysed wife stabbed nine times foiling robbery pays tribute to selfless husband

* North Dakota senators tried to kill Chinese corn mill project amid national security review: emails

* China has launched a new Covid-19 vaccination drive, but there’s no mandate

* Soccer-Brazil hampered by injuries ahead of last-16 South Korea

* Soccer-Group stage excels as World Cup just keeps giving - now for the serious bit

* Brazil soccer legend Pele under palliative care amid cancer battle - report

* World Cup redemption for Japan coach 29 years later

* Soccer-South Koreans cheer dramatic win, shed joyful tears with Son

* Soccer-Proud Son endured 'longest six minutes' before Korea advanced

* Minnows Australia aim to ‘shock’ mighty Argentina

* Ambivalent Argentines want to be Messi but are more Maradona - author

* Soccer-World Cup 2022 Round of 16: qualified teams, schedule and how it works

* Countries split on plastics treaty focus as UN talks close

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