Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Sunday (Dec 3, 2023)


Volcanic ash spews from Mount Marapi during an eruption as seen from Tanah Datar in West Sumatra on Sunday, December 3, 2023. A volcano in western Indonesia erupted on December 3, belching a column of ash around three kilometres into the sky and forcing the evacuation of dozens of hikers, officials said. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Sg Kim Kim pollution victims still struggling with health issues after five years

* Covid-19: Health Ministry says cases up by 57.3%

* Kedah 13-year-old in viral video charged with robbing ehailing driver

* COP28: Malaysia calls for transparency in loss and damage fund governance

* Gaza conflict: Johor govt condemns Israeli air strikes after truce collapses

* Human capital development a priority for Sabah, says Hajiji

* Johor govt to appeal against court decision on Sg Kim Kim pollution incident

* Kemaman polls: Larger majority proves Perikatan support momentum, says Takiyuddin

* Bursa Malaysia likely to be higher this week with window-dressing activities

* Kemaman result shows Malays disapprove of Pakatan-Barisan partnership, claims Muhyiddin

* Malaysia records 26 million tourist arrivals from Jan 1 to Nov 15, says ministry

* Terengganu cops nab two, seize over 7kg of Yaba pills

A purple heron peers out of the bushes next to the lake at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. - AFPA purple heron peers out of the bushes next to the lake at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. - AFP

Singapore:

* COP28 focus on health draws RM3.63bil to fight tropical disease

* New Singapore guidelines for banks to finance transition activities to drive greater climate action

* Squid Game uncle: Meet the 74YO Singaporean in 'Squid Game: The Challenge'

* Singapore's Gardens by the Bay welcomes 100 millionth visitor as it launches annual Christmas fair

* Introduce QR code usage at Johor checkpoints, suggests Onn Hafiz

* COP28: Calls for more nuclear and less 'destructive' methane

* New HIV infections in first 10 months up by 10%

Indonesia:

* Indonesia volcano Mount Marapi in Sumatra erupts, spews ash 3km into sky as people told to take precautions

* Indonesia, ADB and owners agree to shutter first coal-fired power station early

* One dead, 11 missing in flash floods around Indonesia's Lake Toba

* High school student gives birth while sitting for exam

* AI solutions for Asian consumers by Indonesia

* Moderate earthquake hits Indonesia's Banda Sea

Rescue workers use heavy machines to clear a road from rock and mud following a landslide in Simangulampe village, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Torrential rain triggered flash floods and a landslide on Indonesia's Sumatra island, leaving a number of people missing, officials said Saturday. - APRescue workers use heavy machines to clear a road from rock and mud following a landslide in Simangulampe village, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Torrential rain triggered flash floods and a landslide on Indonesia's Sumatra island, leaving a number of people missing, officials said Saturday. - AP

Thailand:

* Thai govt pawnshops offer free loans in latest bid to halt soaring household debt

* Thai entertainment royalty: Top-earning actresses and their impressive fees

* Thailand records current account surplus of RM3.27bil in October

* Thai govt calls for negotiations and an to end to violence in Gaza

* Bus driver triggers 20-vehicle pileup in central Bangkok

* Safe at last - Thai hostages have reunion after return from Gaza

Philippines:

* Philippines says more than 135 Chinese boats 'swarming' reef off its coast

* Abu Sayyaf bomb maker killed by Philippine security forces

* Marcos condemns bomb attack by 'foreign terrorists' in southern Philippines

* At least three killed in bomb attack on Catholic mass at Mindanao State University in Philippines

* Philippine military on high alert after bombing called terrorism

* Philippines lifts tsunami alert after magnitude 7.4 earthquake / Residents begin to return home after Philippine quake kills one

Gold medallist Brazil's Rafaela Fontes Gimenez holds the trophy after her win against Thailand's Jutatip Kuntatong at the women's singles final match during the World Teqball Championships medal ceremony in the Bangkok Arena of Bangkok. - AFPGold medallist Brazil's Rafaela Fontes Gimenez holds the trophy after her win against Thailand's Jutatip Kuntatong at the women's singles final match during the World Teqball Championships medal ceremony in the Bangkok Arena of Bangkok. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam among taking the lead as countries promise clean energy boost at COP28 to push out fossil fuels

* Vietnam lays out RM72.43mil energy transition plan

* Vietnam orders Central Bank probe over slow loans, according to media reports

* A Machiavellian warmonger? - From South America to South-East Asia and the Middle East, among others, Henry Kissinger’s dark legacy still ripples

* Rail link upgrade to rare earths heartland - China's Wang Yi visit to Vietnam

Myanmar:

* 83 Thais and three Malaysians to be flown to Bangkok from Myanmar on Monday (Dec 12)

* UN issues call to rescue hundreds of Rohingya adrift at sea

* Battle for state capital rages on in Myanmar

High-rise buildings are pictured amid heavy air pollution conditions in Hanoi. - AFPHigh-rise buildings are pictured amid heavy air pollution conditions in Hanoi. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Foreign tourist numbers skyrocket in Cambodia; more than four million visitors in first 10 months

* Cambodia and Vietnam launch cross-border QR code payments

* Earth is running a fever. And UN climate talks are focusing on the contagious effect on human health

Laos:

* Laos prepares to accept Asean chair against backdrop of Myanmar crisis

* Laos to ban e-cigarettes amid growing concerns; fifth Asean nation to so after Brunei, Cambodia, Singapore, and Thailand

Brunei:

* Brunei man given jail sentence for aggression towards policeman

* Royal Brunei Airlines named World’s Leading Cabin Crew for fourth time in row

Participants display a banner during a demonstration demanding a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war at the COP28 United Nations climate summit in Dubai on Sunday, December 3, 2023. - AFPParticipants display a banner during a demonstration demanding a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war at the COP28 United Nations climate summit in Dubai on Sunday, December 3, 2023. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Tourism Ministry plans special batik collection to promote Malaysia in China

* Dr Wee: More opportunities for M’sian students through closer ties with China

* In boost for Modi, India's BJP set to win 3 of 4 key state polls

* M’sian designer named ‘fashion culture ambassador’ in China

* The Dubai meeting: Plans laid out at COP 28 to slash greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas

* Top development banks at COP28 vow to up climate game, quiet on fossil fuels - document

* Explainer-How climate change is making the world sick / COP28 delegates urge greater action on climate-linked health risks

* China combats surge of respiratory illnesses of known pathogens

* Reaching for Mars, and Gaza - A space engineer who brought us images of Mars confronts Earth’s brutal realities in Gaza

* Laws haven’t kept up with online revenge porn

* We can still end HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030

* Gaza massacre: Helping kids to cope with disturbing graphic content

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

* New Filipino monitoring base is now open in South China Sea

* South Korea Buddhist temple plays matchmaker by hosting singles staycation

* Researchers sound alarm over metaverse's potential to cause harm

* This airline is working on developing coffee that will taste good even in-flight

* Pope urges world religions to unite against environmental devastation

* Cricket-Warner included in settled Australia squad for first Pakistan test

* Japanese football great Shinji 'Genius' Ono retires at 44

* Brisbane Lord Mayor quits 'dysfunctional' 2032 Olympics forum

* How characters from film, television and manga serve as fashion inspiration

* Golf: South Africa's Buhai hangs on to defend women's Australian Open crown / Niemann, Buhai upstage locals to win Australian Open titles

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