Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Thursday (Feb 9, 2023)

A worker planting trees along Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi. - AFP

Here's a look at the news highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section for Thursday (Feb 9, 2023)


* PM arrives in Thailand for two-day official visit

* Govt to look for better mechanism to help employers hire foreign workers, says Sivakumar

* Second Smart team arrives in Istanbul to help Turkiye quake SAR

* Genting Highlands accident: Family member clarifies 61-year-old "victim" still alive, claims police got it wrong

* Johor MB to embark on three-day official visit to S'pore from Feb 12

* KLIA and KLIA2 may be rebranded after first quarter of this year, says Transport Minister

* Malaysia-India air links need to grow, says Deputy Tourism Minister

* 1MDB trial: Jho Low was 'boss', Najib was the 'big boss', witness tells court

* Indonesia, Malaysia to send palm oil envoys to EU over deforestation law

* Apex court denies JJ's children leave to appeal over RM1bil in shares

* Selangor polls could go either way, say analysts

* Man gets six years jail for committing unnatural sex on step-sister

* Thailand rolls out the red carpet for PM Anwar

* Kremlin dismisses claims Putin was involved in MH17 downing

* Hussein Omar Khan to be new Selangor police chief


* Singapore drops most mask mandates as Covid-19 threats recede

* Survey: Singapore among top countries admired by Indonesia, but China and the West fare worse


* Tourists on Bali island advised to beware of strong winds, high waves

* Indonesian police arrest six suspected terrorists

* Deaths of pigs in Indonesian province spark swine fever concerns

* Indonesia drafts law enabling media to receive payments from digital platforms for content

* Four killed, buildings damaged as earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

* Bali aims for high-spenders as Chinese tourists slowly return


* Marcos in Tokyo to sign defence, infrastructure deals

* Philippines hopes for waste-to-energy technology amid waste disposal headache

* US forces returning to Philippines to counter China threats

* Philippine troops kill five suspected rebels in clash

* Japan and Philippines sign disaster relief deal, eye closer security ties


* Thai teacher gave some 100 students ‘ugly’ haircut to punish them


* Myanmar detects 17 new cases of Omicron BA.5, BA.2 subvariants


* S. Korea parliament votes to impeach minister over crowd crush

* North Korea unveils 'record' number of ICBMs at military parade

* World should 'calm down' about China Covid-19 variants, says Chinese scientist

* Japan analysing previous aerial objects after China balloon

* Paraguay president to visit Taiwan ahead of election that could end ties

* Australia to remove Chinese-made cameras from defence sites

* First Australian coal cargoes arrive in China, await customs clearance

* In a first for India, transgender couple become biological parents

* Taiwan president to donate a month's salary for Turkey relief efforts

* Beijing urges 'fair' treatment after Australia removes cameras

* China's Alibaba joins global chatbot race

* Most Asian shares slid on Fed caution; China rebounds amid growth hopes

* China slams Biden's 'irresponsible' remarks on Xi

* China’s Gen-Z, millennials embrace on-demand home services as manicures to personal chefs flourish

* ‘He’s dead, he won’t know’: Heartless Hong Kong girlfriend ditched after she insists man miss grandfather’s funeral to spend Valentine’s Day with her

* Two Hong Kongers given five years for inciting subversion

* Top Korean actor Yoo Ah-in under investigation for alleged illegal use of propofol drug

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