Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Saturday (Dec 2, 2023)


Participants take part in the "walk to end AIDS" event to mark World Aids Day in Manila on Saturday, December 2, 2023. HIV infections are soaring in the Philippines, with experts blaming online dating, poor sex education and conservative attitudes in the deeply religious country for fuelling the spread of the virus. - AFP

Malaysia:

* King meets foreign leaders at COP28 / King witnesses exchange of documents on renewable energy investments in Dubai

* Pahang Regent unveils state's NetZero 2030 campaign at COP28 in Dubai

* Rahmah sales programme has recorded RM178.6mil in sales, says Fuziah

* Govt urged to seek input from SMEs on progressive wage model

* 13-yr-old boy who tried to stab ehailing driver to be charged on Dec 3

* Kemaman by-election: Police open IP against Muhyiddin over 3R issue

* Malaysia Digital Arrival Card requirement now in force for foreign visitors

* Anwar will prioritise skillset, knowledge in any Cabinet reshuffle, says Fadillah

* The Malaysian Indian dilemma

* COP28: Malaysia committed in supporting Asean climate change action plan

* PM's Dept to regulate humanitarian donations by NGOs, says Mohd Na'im

* MMEA saved 1,365 lives at sea from January to October, says DG

Singapore Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean, speaks during a plenary session at the COP28 United Nations Climate Summit, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. - APSingapore Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean, speaks during a plenary session at the COP28 United Nations Climate Summit, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. - AP

Singapore:

* Covid-19 cases in Singapore double, MOH advises public to stay vigilant

* The problem with being alone: Social isolation, loneliness biggest enemy for seniors in Singapore

* Singapore: New HIV infections in first 10 months of 2023 up by 10%, but 2022 infection rate lowest in 26 years

* Singapore: Teenager jailed for 16 years for killing schoolmate

* Opec+ may have played its final card with voluntary crude cuts

* A bad week for oil as prices fall more than 2% as investors skeptical of OPEC+ cuts

Indonesia:

* Indonesia pursues local, softer approach to AI regulation

* UN issues call to rescue hundreds of Rohingya adrift at sea; many heading to Indonesia and Malaysia

* Indonesian student gives birth during an exam in school

* 5.1-magnitude quake hits south of Java, Indonesia -- GFZ

* Some 170 Rohingya land in Indonesia in latest boat arrival

Newly-arrived Rohingya refugees rest at a beach on Sabang island, Aceh province, on Saturday, December 2, 2023. - AFPNewly-arrived Rohingya refugees rest at a beach on Sabang island, Aceh province, on Saturday, December 2, 2023. - AFP

Thailand:

* Three more Bryde’s whales spotted in Thai waters, totalling the number to nine

* Thailand’s Songkran to be celebrated for entire April in 2024 under govt’s soft power plan

* Malaysia and south Thailand may work to develop Halal industry, says Dr Wee

* Hostages return home to families’ happy tears in Thailand

* Thailand - Security boost as movie on rival school gang wars opens

Philippines:

* France and Philippines eye a security pact to allow joint military combat exercises

* Philippine troops kill 11 Islamic fighters in one of bloodiest anti-insurgency offensives this year

* Philippines and France agree to ramp up defence ties

* Philippines says China has executed two Filipinos convicted of drug trafficking despite appeals

German climate activist, Luisa Neubauer, participates in a protest demanding that Germany does more to phase out fossil fuels, at the German pavilion at COP28, on the sidelines of the World Leaders Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday, December 2, 2023. - ReutersGerman climate activist, Luisa Neubauer, participates in a protest demanding that Germany does more to phase out fossil fuels, at the German pavilion at COP28, on the sidelines of the World Leaders Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday, December 2, 2023. - Reuters

Vietnam:

* VietJet and Novus Aviation Capital to establish aircraft financing and leasing firm

* Vietnam to investigate its central bank's handling of credit growth

* Chairman of investment company arrested for alleged deceit

* Philippines politics - Marcos-Duterte pact up in the air

Myanmar:

* Myanmar pro-democracy fighters battle to take state capital

* Trafficking victims in Myanmar - Forced to sell their organs

* Revolution reaches next level in Myanmar

USA's Carolyn Greco (left) returns the ball against Thailand's Jutatip Kuntatong during their women's singles semi-final match of the World Teqball Championships at Bangkok Arena in Bangkok on Saturday, December 2, 2023. - AFPUSA's Carolyn Greco (left) returns the ball against Thailand's Jutatip Kuntatong during their women's singles semi-final match of the World Teqball Championships at Bangkok Arena in Bangkok on Saturday, December 2, 2023. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodia will not allow construction of new coal-fired power plants, says PM Hun Manet

* UAE-Cambodia trade set for boost from new economic partnership agreement

* Dry soil to curb Asia’s early 2024 rice output

Laos:

* Laos sees economic recovery but challenges remain, says World Bank

* Laos-China Railway gives big boost to regional economy two years after launch

Brunei:

* Brunei's Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) bust major drug syndicate

* Brunei least affected by tobacco industry interference, says study

French Minister for the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu (left) shake hands with his Philippine counterpart Secretary Gilberto Teodoro as they hold a document during a joint press conference at a hotel in Manila, Philippines on Saturday Dec. 2, 2023. - APFrench Minister for the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu (left) shake hands with his Philippine counterpart Secretary Gilberto Teodoro as they hold a document during a joint press conference at a hotel in Manila, Philippines on Saturday Dec. 2, 2023. - AP

AseanPlus:

* In Japan's only bankrupt city, the world's most expensive fruit spreads seeds of hope

* Seoul city to beef up inspection in bedbug-prone residential areas

* North Korea says interference in its satellites would be declaration of war

* Japan's Hoshino and Aussie's Lee set up Australian Golf Open showdown

* How China’s lottery boom reflects a ‘long and challenging road’ to its economic recovery

* Nearly 60 Hong Kong public sector households also own private homes, crackdown on cheats finds

* Henry Kissinger: giant of diplomacy remembered for ‘unwavering commitment’ to US-China ties

* China, US cannot afford depopulating the relationship, American ambassador Nicholas Burns says

* Hong Kong cuts public housing waiting time to boost birth rates

* Tourism experts predict 2024's top travel destinations

* SpaceX carries South Korea’s first spy satellite to space

* US to pledge $3 billion for Green Climate Fund at COP28 - sources

* Xi Jinping calls legal backing on foreign affairs an ‘urgent task’ for China

* Renewed Gaza fighting stretches into second day after Israel-Hamas truce collapses

* Tesla's Cybertruck feels like an SUV; price, lower driving range upset some

* Amazon taps SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket to help launch Kuiper satellites

* Netflix, Viacom18 among streaming firms set to oppose India broadcasting bill-sources

* Power of collective bargaining: Can Asean address green issues effectively?

* Shenzhen and Hong Kong to launch cross-border data verification platform in move to smooth flows across Greater Bay Area

* Climate change: Record clean energy generation could propel China to peak power sector emissions by 2025, report says

* Hong Kong police hunt man after fire extinguisher accidentally goes off like rocket, damages 2 Tesla cars parked on either side of street

* Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority investigates death of elderly patient, 79, after finding his oxygen cylinder valve was closed during transfer to intensive care unit

* Bright lights, big city: Hong Kong prepares to host glitzy Louis Vuitton runway show as it bids to again take centre stage as a fashion capital

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