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The Indonesian Air Force Jupiter aerobatics team performs maneuvers during a flying display at the Singapore Airshow in Singapore, on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. The Singapore Airshow is Asia's most influential aerospace and defense exhibition. - Bloomberg

Malaysia:

* Dr M's two sons can re-apply for further extension but subject to review, says Azam Baki

* Muhyiddin's son-in-law to be charged for CBT, says MACC chief

* Malay Rulers discuss proposed constitutional amendment on citizenship

* Spanco probe: MACC not ruling out calling in 'a former PM', says Azam

* Religious Affairs Minister urges Muslims to reject fanaticism

* Malaysia records RM329.5bil in approved investment in 2023, highest ever, says PM

* Malaysian MPs to visit Egypt to reiterate support for Palestinian cause

* No indication money for NGO channelled back to individual in PM's Dept, says Azam

* Doctor claims trial to producing porn, sexual misconduct with pediatric patients

* Malaysia's 5G adoption rate at 29.9%, almost 10.07 million subscribers as of Jan 31

* Higher Education Ministry to refine proposal to create white paper on Islamic economy

* Zuki: More can be done to improve M'sia's ranking on perception index

Maria Catarina Sumarsih, mother of slain Bernardus Realino Norman Irwanan, joins Indonesian activists whose children were disappeared or shot dead by military forces in the 1990s during a protest against the expected presidential victory of Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto in front of the presidential palace in Jakarta on Thursday, February 22, 2024. - AFPMaria Catarina Sumarsih, mother of slain Bernardus Realino Norman Irwanan, joins Indonesian activists whose children were disappeared or shot dead by military forces in the 1990s during a protest against the expected presidential victory of Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto in front of the presidential palace in Jakarta on Thursday, February 22, 2024. - AFP

Singapore:

* Singapore uses fake news law on top Opposition politician and TikTok

* Singaporean woman, 33, killed in go-kart accident in Batam

* Singapore Airlines outlook warning casts a shadow over air show

* Big bonuses for nurses to curb workforce shortage in Singapore

* Singapore's UOB revises down 2024 loan growth, Q4 profit beats forecasts

* Hong Kong bankers earn more than Singapore peers

* Oil rises for second day on improving signs of US refinery demand

Indonesia:

* Indonesia investigates after first large-scale tornado strikes

* Grab unveils first-ever share buyback after profitable quarter

* Meta says not required to pay for Indonesia news content posted voluntarily

* Indonesia - Defeated candidates call for probe into alleged election irregularities

* Indonesia: Joko promotes loyalist to his team

* Meta, Alphabet pushed to enter deals with news companies in Indonesia

Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand watches her shot on the second tee during the first round of the LPGA Honda Thailand golf tournament in Pattaya, southern Thailand, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. - APPatty Tavatanakit of Thailand watches her shot on the second tee during the first round of the LPGA Honda Thailand golf tournament in Pattaya, southern Thailand, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. - AP

Thailand:

* Thai parliament approves looser fisheries rules in first reading

* Thai PM to keep pressing for rate cut, seeks c.bank chief meeting

* Thai central bank likely to defy pressure to urgently cut rate

* Cannabis crackdown in full bloom in Thailand

* Thaksin gets visit from old ally Hun Sen

Philippines:

* Philippines watching US presidential race closely, seeks stronger ties, envoy says

* Philippine coast guard says Chinese claim of intrusion 'inaccurate'

* One dead and six injured as fire rips through residential area in Philippine capital fire

* Fifteen killed after truck falls into ravine in central Philippines

A street vendor uses a mobile phone in front of mannequins wearing Vietnamese traditional Ao Dai dresses at a shop in Hanoi on Thursday, February 22, 2024. - AFPA street vendor uses a mobile phone in front of mannequins wearing Vietnamese traditional Ao Dai dresses at a shop in Hanoi on Thursday, February 22, 2024. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam's VinFast posts higher revenue in Q4, eyes to nearly triple sales in 2024

* Vietnamese budget carrier VietJet agrees to provisional deal for 20 Airbus A330neo jets

* Emerging markets - Stocks in Asia rising on Nvidia results, Asian FX also inches higher

Myanmar:

* US charges Japanese crime leader with trafficking nuclear materials from Myanmar

* 1.5 million stimulant tablets worth almost RM7 million seized in southern Myanmar

* Myanmar junta 'increasingly desperate, says UN expert

Tourist boats cruising on the Mekong river in Luang Prabang. A short boat ride upstream from the ancient Laotian royal capital of Luang Prabang, a massive dam is under construction that critics say threatens the riverside town's allure and heritage status. - AFPTourist boats cruising on the Mekong river in Luang Prabang. A short boat ride upstream from the ancient Laotian royal capital of Luang Prabang, a massive dam is under construction that critics say threatens the riverside town's allure and heritage status. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Rare Mekong river dolphin found dead in Cambodia

* Cambodia registers fifth human case of H5N1 bird flu in 2024

* Hun Sen’s youngest son Hun Many promoted as deputy PM

Laos:

* Climate change intensifies heatwaves across South-East Asia

* Laos and Thailand to step up cooperation in border security

Brunei:

* Brunei High Court appeal dismissed and ‘aggression’ convict ordered jailed immediately

* Brunei seizes 900 cartons of contraband cigarettes on waterways worth millions

A Vinfast electric car is seen on a street in Hanoi. Vietnamese electric vehicle maker VinFast on Thursday, February 22, 2024 reported a net loss of more than $2 billion in 2023 after missing its sales target, despite a 90 percent increase in revenue. - AFPA Vinfast electric car is seen on a street in Hanoi. Vietnamese electric vehicle maker VinFast on Thursday, February 22, 2024 reported a net loss of more than $2 billion in 2023 after missing its sales target, despite a 90 percent increase in revenue. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* India seeks closer cooperation with Malaysia in defence industry sector

* Malaysia Trade, investment targets in 2024 achievable - Tengku Zafrul

* India's Modi says committed to farmers' welfare, protesting leaders call meeting

* Korean band CNBLUE to hold concert in Malaysia after almost 10 years

* Australian retired bishop charged with child sex abuse

* Two dead, three missing after ship hits Lixinsha Bridge near China’s Guangzhou, sending cars into water

* Japan's crazy 1980s bubble a dim memory as Nikkei hits record high

* India seeks to boost rooftop solar, especially for its remote areas

* Avalanche in Indian Kashmir kills one foreign skier, traps several others

* Japan sees 2.69 million visitors in January, matching 2019's record pace

* Alleged top Japanese crime boss charged in US with trafficking nuclear materials

* Thousands ordered to flee while they can as bushfire burns in Australia's south

* Japan's Nikkei hits record high as Nvidia lifts Asian tech

* Tokyo expected to be first city in Japan to see cherry blossoms bloom in mid-March

* South Korean medical trainees may face legal action over protest

* South Korea doctors to keep up protests as hospitals turn patients away

* High price for motherhood in China / * China has started testing 6G in space

* Martial arts instructor in Sydney denied bail for murder of family of three

* Highest weather alert issued as temperatures plunge in China

* Montenegro court says Do Kwon should be extradited to US, WSJ reports

* Apple boosts iMessage security to fend off quantum computing attacks

* Google to begin Pixel phone production in India by next quarter, Nikkei reports

* Twinning: Zendaya, Timothee Chalamet wear matching jumpsuits by Korean designer to promote 'Dune: Part Two' in Seoul

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