Asean news headlines as at 9 pm on Friday (April 14)

Firefighters spray water on the crowd during Khmer New Year (Sangkranta) celebrations at Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh on April 14, 2023. - AFP


* HR Minister’s private secretary nabbed in MACC probe

* More than 400 VVIPS expected to attend Lima 2023

* Opposition-led states must improve relationship with Federal Govt for the sake of the people, says PM

* Jana Wibawa: Adam Radlan's graft case transferred to KL court

* Trial for Ahmad Zahid's defamation suit against Muhyiddin to begin on Oct 16

* Covid-19: Over 200 cases in three boarding secondary schools in Melaka

* 'Double Six' crash: Australia must release full report, including expunged folios, says ex-Sabah CM

* Extended hours at govt clinics helped reduce overcrowding at public hospitals, says Dr Zaliha

* Man pleads guilty to 32 counts of raping, sexually assaulting teen stepdaughter

* Over 200 illegal Indonesians deported from Sabah

* MACC's decision to arrest HR Minister’s officers, says Anwar

* High Court allows Rafizi’s request to obtain ex-Sapura Energy CEO’s remuneration, incentives


* Indian Heritage Centre to mark Indian New Year with a ‘sweet’ open house this weekend

* 'Harry Potter' actors who played the Weasleys reunite in Singapore for travel series

* Singapore Q1 GDP expands 0.1% y/y, misses forecast

* Man snatches security officer’s phone after having his car wheel-clamped in Singapore

* Singapore in midst of new Covid-19 wave, with three in 10 cases reinfections

* Parti Liyani case: Son of ex-Changi Airport Group chairman gets two weeks’ jail for lying to judge

* 70-year-old who went on drug run with PMD convicted of heroin trafficking


* Songkran festival to generate 18.5 billion baht, says tourism agency

* Thai SMEs eagerly explore greater opportunities brought by China-Laos Railway

* Tourists up 11% at Thai airports in Q1 after Covid restrictions scrapped

* Perrier potential?: Thai villagers drilling well hit mineral water motherload

* Police tighten safety measures as over 50,000 Songkran revellers flock to Khao San Road


* Indonesian Government mulls foreign tourist tax after viral incidents

* Suspended Papua governor named money laundering suspect

* Bali Governor gives the go-ahead for World Beach Games

* Plane shot upon landing in Papua

* After his term ends, Jokowi should just come home, says son Gibran


* Philippines considers 330,000 tonnes of rice imports to boost stockpiles

* Arrest warrant out for Bantag, Zulueta for assassination of Percy Lapid

* China ‘advises’ Philippines to ‘unequivocally oppose’ Taiwan’s independence than ‘stoke fire’ via Edca

* Philippine envoy to US backs Marcos’ foreign trips: It’s only way to tell world who we are


* Vietnam's 3,000km flower-path project takes root, but safety concerns loom

* Over 400 firms join Vietnam International Cafe Show in HCM City

* Blinken arrives in Hanoi seeking upgrade in US-Vietnam ties

* Vietnam's PM urges increased efforts to boost forestry, fishery exports

* Grab fined for incorrectly labelling Vietnamese islands


* Cambodia kicks off Sankranta festival at famed Angkor after four-year hiatus

* Ornate banana trunk carvings sharpen pride in Siem Reap

* Cambodia's ‘Magic’ Sak Yant tattooists eye cultural heritage list


* Myanmar resumes floating Thingyan water festival at tourist site

* Myanmar air strike death toll climbs to at least 170


* President wishes ‘a Happy Lao New Year’, urges collective effort to overcome difficulties


* Police bust suspected prostitution activity

* New development in palace flour case


* N. Korea says it tested new solid-fuel ICBM, warns of 'extreme' horror

* Japan approves country's first legal casino

* Asia FX, stocks rise; Singapore dollar dips after's surprise hold

* S. Korean man arrested after growing and selling cannabis over Telegram

* Michelle Yeoh expresses interest filming in Hong Kong: 'The place is like family to me'

* Stocks rally, dollar dips further on easing rate expectations

* Brands look to China's tropical duty free island paradise for consumer comeback

* Powerful Cyclone Ilsa lashes Australia's northwest coast

* Jackie Chan, 69, says he will keep making action films as long as he can move

* Feeling poorer: Property slump hurting Chinese consumers, clouding recovery

* Japan, South Korea to hold first security talks in 5 years, Tokyo says

* US secrets leaks leads to drop in support for South Korea’s president

* China denies imposing no-fly zone north of Taiwan

* Phone scams drop in Hong Kong but too early to tell if mandatory real-name registration of SIM cards working, police say

* Chongqing-London direct passenger flights to resume in May

* Award-winning Taiwanese singer Leo Wang is now an Uber driver

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Asean , news headlines , April 14


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