Asean news headlines as at 9 pm on Thursday (April 13)

Locals and tourists play with water as they celebrate the Songkran holiday which marks the Thai New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 13, 2023. - Reuters


* Govt strives to protect country, people from racial conflicts, says PM Anwar

* Biggest ever: Lima 2023 expected to involve up to 1,200 companies, says organiser

* Two Indonesians arrested, boat seized off Labuan during maritime ops

* 'Double Six' plane crash: No objection to Aussie govt releasing their report, says Transport Minister

* Australia ironing out legal process to release 'Double Six' report, says High Commissioner

* PH-BN seat distribution expected to be 90% completed by end-April, says Amirudin

* Cops charged with robbing Indonesian tourist in Melaka

* Extended operating hours for selected LRT, MRT and monorail stations on April 15

* MMEA foils smuggling bid near Tanjung Gabang, seizes 4.8 million clove cigarettes

* Date of Hari Raya to be decided on 29th of Ramadan (April 20), says FT Mufti

* Nine motorbikes, four electric scooters destroyed in fire outside KL mall

* 'Double Six' plane crash: Declassified report did not provide answers, say victims’ families

* Labourer jailed six months for insulting King, raising racial issues on social media


* Singapore-flagged vessel boarded by pirates remains uncontactable

* A fresh, but mild, Covid wave is rippling through Asia

* Gourmet food with live music: Site near Changi Airport being redeveloped into F&B container park

* SMRT and Premier merge taxi businesses to form S’pore’s second-largest cab company

* A year’s jail for director who molested subordinate, blamed the way she was dressed

* Enter the ChangiVerse: Changi first airport to join Roblox metaverse

* WHO monitoring new Covid-19 subvariant ‘Arcturus’, which is driving surge of cases in India

* Former YouTuber Dee Kosh says he is not paedophile in tell-all video after release from jail


* Apple in talks with suppliers to make MacBooks in Thailand - Nikkei

* Lost in translation? Foreigners advised to Google Translate Thai police guidelines during Songkran

* New year revelry returns to Thai streets as tourism rebounds

* Critically endangered flowering plant named after Blackpink’s Lisa

* Pheu Thai’s crackdown on drugs will include payment for successful tips

* Forest fire in Chiang Rai prompts hospital to prepare to transfer patients

* Pheu Thai heavyweights confident of landslide victory in May election


* Indonesia police kill two suspected Jemaah Islamiyah militants

* Ex-senior cop Ferdy Sambo loses appeal of murder conviction - death sentence upheld

* Central Java Police arrest religious school principal on sexual abuse charges

* Reservoir Link to build wastewater treatment plant in Indonesia

* Indonesian minister Luhut brings back deals on railways, industrial park from Beijing trip


* Shipping fee hike on hold, Philippine transport chief tells Senate

* Philippine vehicle sales zoomed 30% in Q1

* Court orders arrest of ex-BuCor chief Bantag for murder of Bilibid inmate

* US, Philippines troops fire Javelins in largest joint war games


* Vietnam still a top FDI destination for European business leaders: BCI

* Coffee trade in Vietnam hit as farmers run out of beans

* Smart City Asia International Expo and Forum opens in HCM City


* Cambodians flock to hometowns to celebrate traditional New Year

* New UN exhibition reflects dark side of Cambodian history

* National state-of-the-art hospital scheduled for June opening


* Asean "strongly condemns" deadly air strike in Myanmar

* Blasts kill four at Myanmar new year festival

* Traditional Thingyan water festival kicks off in Myanmar


* First international passenger train on China-Laos Railway departs

* Vietnam announces US$1 million gift to Laos


* Brunei sets Syawal moon sighting for April 20

* Trip to land of cherry blossoms awaits Japanese speech contest winner


* Taiwan says China's no-fly zone will affect around 33 flights

* Japanese cafe fires waitress who concocted cocktails with her own blood

* Most Asian markets drop after recession warning, rate hike seen

* China to ban vessels from area near Taiwan over rocket debris

* China wants to start using moon soil to build lunar bases as soon as this decade

* Australia iron ore hub braces for strongest cyclone in a decade

* Eggs off some menus in Japan as country hit by bird flu and egg shortage

* North fires ballistic missile into sea between Koreas, Japan

* Veteran Taiwanese music producer Eason Lee passes away

* HK singer Maggie Fu’s phone was snatched by 3 robbers in London, traumatised she took next flight out of London

* Japan says evacuation warning for North Korea missile was not a mistake

* China's exports unexpectedly rise, but economists warn of weakness ahead

* Ravi quits K-pop band Vixx over military service dodging, faces prison time

* S.Korea's top court tells Google to disclose user information sharing -report

* China out of UN's wildlife survey for pandemic controls: source

* India opens new investigation into BBC in widening crackdown

* China's March crude oil imports surge 22.5% from year earlier

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