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Australia's Foreign Minister Penny Wong (4th left) speaks with Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (4th right) during a meeting at the Australia-Asean (Association of South-East Asian Nations) summit in Melbourne on Monday, March 4, 2024. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Malaysia, Australia to explore further cooperation, says Anwar / Malaysia, Australia conclude four MOUs

* Abdul Hadi being investigated by special police investigation team, says Saifuddin

* Police to record Hadi’s statement tomorrow, says top cop

* Health Ministry turns to drug repurposing to combat dengue

* RM3.2bil lost to online scams from 2020 to 2023, says Kulasegaran

* Apex court has no jurisdiction to hear Muhyiddin's appeal, says DPP

* Govt still studying GST while reviewing tax structure, says Amir Hamzah

* MACC chief urges Wan Saiful to report bribe attempt by March 10

* Daim, family's bid to challenge MACC probe rejected

* Giving birth at auspicious time: Some parents opt for such ‘good luck’ despite constraints

* Saifuddin blasts 'mischievous' claims Najib to be given home detention

* Schools have guidelines to cope with heatwave during Ramadan, says Education DG

Hannah Green, right, of Australia receives her trophy after winning the HSBC Women's Wold Championship at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore Sunday, March 3, 2024. - APHannah Green, right, of Australia receives her trophy after winning the HSBC Women's Wold Championship at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore Sunday, March 3, 2024. - AP

Singapore:

* Shell companies in Singapore linked to money laundering operation in India

* Singapore says Taylor Swift gig grant not as high as speculated

* Singapore tightens rules for hiring foreign professionals

* S’pore retirement age to go up to 64 in 2026, re-employment age to rise to 69

* Expected economic benefits from Taylor Swift concerts outweigh size of grant given: Minister

* Taylor Swift’s mum spent her childhood in Singapore

* Blackpink’s Lisa meets Taylor Swift on Day 2 of Eras Tour show

* Singaporean man caught trying to illegally enter Malaysia in a car boot

* Woman asked then colleague to hit her and lied to cops that ex-boyfriend committed the assault

* Oil edges up after OPEC+ extends output cuts through second quarter

Indonesia:

* Indonesia's Nusantara city development will not need state budget funds in the future, says govt

* Explosion rocks Indonesian police's mobile brigade in Surabaya, no casualties reported

* Australia, Indonesia should team up for battery supply chains: ACEN CEO

* Passenger numbers on Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway hit two million

* Jackie Chan and BTS’ V team up for Indonesian commercial

* Asian stocks, forex kick off event-packed week on positive note

Thailand's former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra (left) and his sister Yingluck Shinawatra attend an event for Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's birthday in Phnom Penh on August 5, 2023. Thailand's Supreme Court on Monday (March 4, 2024) cleared former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra of corruption in awarding a government contract during her time in office. - AFPThailand's former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra (left) and his sister Yingluck Shinawatra attend an event for Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's birthday in Phnom Penh on August 5, 2023. Thailand's Supreme Court on Monday (March 4, 2024) cleared former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra of corruption in awarding a government contract during her time in office. - AFP

Thailand:

* Thai PM says 25 bps rate cut won't cause large capital outflow as 'critical' economy needs urgent stimulus

* Thai PM aide renews call for interest-rate cuts to aid economy

* Thai economy in critical situation, PM's aide says

* Thai Supreme Court clears ex-PM Yingluck in negligence case - lawyer

* Buddhist abbot donates 3,000 eggs, other food to Chiang Mai forest fire fighters

* Businesses urge govt to do more to protect Thai interests in Myanmar

Philippines:

* Philippines urges neighbours to stand together more strongly against China in the South China Sea

* Philippines to charge pastor, a US-wanted Duterte ally, with sexual abuse

* Marcos govt capped 2023 with fatter borrowings

* ‘Stop harassing us’: Philippine foreign minister urges China

* Filipino man converts home into library to inspire reading among young

* SMRT sub-unit secures ATM infrastructure job in Philippines

A man throws a fishing net into a lake in Kandal province in the Mekong Delta near Phnom Penh. - AFPA man throws a fishing net into a lake in Kandal province in the Mekong Delta near Phnom Penh. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Australia welcomes South-East Asia leaders with fresh maritime security funding

* Vietnamese capital Hanoi tops list of most polluted international cities

* Saigon River corridor to be highlight in HCM City’s planning

* Shrimp exports targeted to grow this year

* Improving Vietnam's business environment key objective in 2024

* Upbeat outlook about Vietnam's real estate - Office, industrial segments to thrive despite challenges

Myanmar:

* Myanmar and China likely to be high on the agenda as South-East Asian leaders meet in Australia

* Over a million stimulant pills, 2.48 kilos of Happy Water seized in Shan State

* Myanmar seminar held despite junta’s objection

A demonstrator supporting Palestinians in Gaza gestures during a protest urging the Egyptian government to open the Rafah border crossing to get aid delivered into Gaza, outside the Egyptian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, March 4, 2024. - ReutersA demonstrator supporting Palestinians in Gaza gestures during a protest urging the Egyptian government to open the Rafah border crossing to get aid delivered into Gaza, outside the Egyptian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, March 4, 2024. - Reuters

Cambodia:

* Cambodia arrests two South Koreans for smuggling 2.27kg narcotics at main airport

* UK minister’s Cambodia visit to boost education and sustainability

* One-fifth of Mekong river fish species face extinction: Report

Laos:

* Inflation in Laos rises to 25.35 per cent in February

* Thanaleng Dry Port links South-East Asia to the world, developer tells Timor-Leste president

Brunei:

* Childhood obesity soaring in Brunei; health minister says problem must be urgently addressed

* 'Drastic increase’ of hearing loss patients in 2023

Chinese leaders and delegates attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Monday, March 4, 2024. - APChinese leaders and delegates attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Monday, March 4, 2024. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Anwar accorded ceremonial welcome in Melbourne

* Vincent Tan urges Malaysians to end the Starbucks Malaysia boycott

* Indian police detain three accused of raping Brazilian-Spanish tourist

* Asean-Australia summit to decry 'threat or use of force' in region

* Marriages in South Korea fall by 40% within a decade

* China-Tawau direct flights a big boost for tourism, says Liew

* China-based GDS Holdings set to expand business in Johor

* One missing, 24 rescued off Japanese fishing boat

* Indian farmers plan to enter New Delhi to intensify protests

* China cancels premier’s Parliament press conference for first time since 1993

* China's economy of 'great concern' as annual political meeting to kick off

* Coffee craze forces Asia’s big exporters to buy Brazilian beans

* South Korea says to start legal action against doctors over walkout

* South Korea, US troops kick off annual drills over North threats

* China’s robotic dog can shoot like a pro. What is the US doing?

* Asian stocks rise on US gains ahead of key China policy meeting

* Japan's Nikkei breaches 40,000 level as investor sentiment flies high

* One viral video got this job seeker hundreds of interview requests

* SpaceX launches eighth long-duration crew for International Space Station orbit

* Nissan plans driverless ride-share service for aging population by 2027

* North Korea broke into South Korean chip equipment firms, Seoul’s spy agency says

* Rihanna, Shah Rukh Khan among celebs invited to celebrate Asia's richest man's son's prenuptials

* Love of cricket was the cause on deadly train crash in India; ministers were watching game before tragedy that killed 14

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