Asean news headlines as at 9pm on Thursday (Sept 21)

Vietnam's defence attache Sr. Colonel Do Xuan Quy (right) films an Indonesia's AS565 Panther helicopter onboard the hospital ship Radjiman Wedyodiningrat during the Asean Solidarity Exercise Natuna 2023 involving six countries Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos on Natuna waters, Riau Islands province on Sept 21, 2023, which is a medical and humanitarian exercise held in the Natuna waters following China's claims over the South China Sea. - AFP


* Cops tracking down sender of Bank Negara bomb threat email, says KL police chief

* Malaysia, Sri Lanka to strengthen ties, says Anwar

* Cops rescue foreign woman kidnapped after business deal goes sour

* Mohd Zaid called up by Police over DNAA issue, says Bukit Aman

* Anwar, Erdogan condemn Quran burning and hate speech

* Dating chat group that doctored hundreds of images no longer exists, says Melaka exco rep

* Rice supply: Extension of enforcement authority only if situation critical, says Mat Sabu

* Part of 1MDB loan went into Najib's account, analyst tells court

* No provision in Income Tax Act prevents prosecution against Rosmah, says DPP

* Malaysian franchise programme in India attracts 100 investors, says Domestic Trade Ministry

* Govt has 15 source countries for foreign workers, says Sivakumar

* Cops meet Muhyiddin to take his statement again


* Money laundering case: Cash, assets seized and frozen now worth over S$2.4bil

* Couple seated next to ‘snorting, farting’ dog on long-haul flight get S$1,600 refund from SIA

* Picture of Jupiter captured from Singapore flat finishes second in international competition

* Singapore identity strong enough to withstand foreign pressures: Vivian Balakrishnan

* Woman lied that she was raped by colleagues to get a Grab ride home

* Jail, caning for man who extorted cash from two other men after consensual sex

* Woman in SG loses RM260,595 after downloading third-party app to buy mooncakes

* Serial sexual offender was only 14 when he preyed on minors

* Delivery Hero in talks for partial sale of Foodpanda, with Grab a potential buyer: Report

* Singapore banks tighten scrutiny of Chinese with other passports

* RM34.26mil lost in SG malware scam where victims’ banking credentials stolen by keylogger hidden in app

* Two national servicemen in SG emptied colleague’s bank account via online transfer after one of them took his phone


* Thaksin has role to play after prison term, says new Thai PM Srettha

* New Thai PM vows to end free use of cannabis a year after lifting all controls

* Thai king's estranged son urges open discussion of anti-defamation law

* PM Srettha laughs off reports that he plans to dismiss central bank governor


* Ganjar-Prabowo pairing for presidential elections, possible: Puan Maharani

* Indonesia central bank holds rates, keeps focus on rupiah

* New rules in Indonesia allow for three-year mining production plan

* Explosion at hospital near Indonesia capital, bomb squad on location - police

* Registration deadline for presidential candidates moved earlier to late October

* Indonesia to allow equity greater than 50% for contractors in new oil and gas blocks


* Pogos must go; give them three months: Philippine Senate panel

* Security officer at Manila airport caught swallowing US$300 filched off passenger’s wallet

* Marcos to order govt to simplify, speed up approval of flagship projects

* Filipino activists accuse Marcos of 'witch-hunt'

* Top Philippine nickel miners may spend US$2bil on new processing plants


* Japanese royal couple begin visit to Vietnam

* Vietnam's VinFast to deliver EVs to Europe this year as EU probes China rivals

* Short circuit of motor scooter behind tragic Hanoi blaze that killed 56

* Vietnam PM asks Yellen for better US market access

* VinFast discloses revenue surge in first report since blockbuster debut


* Ministry agrees to meet Candlelight Party over registration

* Cambodian PM leaves for New York to attend 78th UNGA session

* Longan exports to China fruitful with 8,118 tonnes


* Chinese, Myanmar scholars discuss prospects of BRI cooperation

* Myanmar leader’s aide removed from key role that controls forex


* Lao economy to grow slower this year, but stable outlook for 2024: ADB

* Laos-China railway adds extra train amid surge in passengers


* UK, Brunei share similarities in justice and law digitisation, says Master of the Rolls

* Five Star rating for Royal Brunei Airlines


* China’s healthcare tycoons lose US$17bil as crackdown spreads

* Mass stabbing fears set off stampede in Seoul subway

* South Korea lawmakers vote to pave way for opposition leader's arrest

* China's Xi to meet Assad at Asian Games kick-off

* Squeaky clean: Netizens mock China soap boss who eats his product to prove safety

* China eases visa application process to attract foreign visitors

* Stray Kids’ Lee Know, Hyunjin, Seungmin involved in car accident

* ‘Awesome baby!’: Toddler in China helps grandmother transport corn harvest on toy tractor, delights social media

* Millions in China still drawn to work as livestream hosts despite landmines and pitfalls

* Malaysian-born TVB star Jacquelin Ch'ng claims innocence in suspected fraud case

* Stephen Chow reunites with Chinese star Xu Jiao, who played his son in 'CJ7'

* YG Entertainment denies report some Blackpink members leaving label

* Asian markets sink, dollar gains as Fed hints at further rate hike

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Asean news , headlines , Sept 21


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