Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Sunday (March 31, 2024)


A child dressed as an angel gestures before the traditional procession where the images of Jesus Christ and Mary meet, on Easter Sunday, at the St. Peter Parish Shrine of Leaders in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on Sunday, March 31, 2024. - Reuters

Malaysia:

* Israeli 'spy' actually a mobster on assassination mission, claims news portal / Israeli 'spy' put under protective custody

* Israeli 'spy' looking for revenge after grenade attack in Tel Aviv, say news reports

* Israeli 'spy' was 'living the high life' at 5-star hotel, say sources

* 'Kafir' viral video malicious, taken out of context, says Fadhlina

* Freak thunderstorm wreaks havoc in government housing schemes in KL

* Local govt authority officer charged with outraging modesty of subordinate

* Pahang Sultan disappointed with report of news portal

* Dr M was subject of MACC investigation, says Mukhriz

* KK Super Mart arson: Stay calm and let authorities take action, says Pahang MB

* Around 10.6 million Malaysians have registered for Padu as deadline day arrives

* Bursa Malaysia likely to be on cautious mode from Monday (Apr 1), waiting for new catalyst

* Ringgit to stay steady and set to trade at 4.72-4.73 range against the US dollar this week

The Singapore-flagged cargo ship Dali is seen stuck during an overflight assessment of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse, as a crane ship is anchored nearby in Baltimore, Maryland. - ReutersThe Singapore-flagged cargo ship Dali is seen stuck during an overflight assessment of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse, as a crane ship is anchored nearby in Baltimore, Maryland. - Reuters

Singapore:

* When hot gets hotter: El Nino expected to turn up the heat in April and May, say experts

* Research projects to study impact of climate change on diseases in Singapore

* Salvage crews work to lift first piece of collapsed Baltimore bridge due to damage done by Singapore vessel

* Baltimore bridge collapse: Crew in for long haul on Singapore-flagged Dali as cleanup begins

* Congestion at Johor checkpoints will hurt tourism, says tour guides association

Indonesia:

* Pope Francis to visit Indonesia in September, confirms religious affairs minister

* Fire at Indonesian ammunition depot extinguished, military says

* Indonesian president-elect Prabowo to visit China

* Subsidised fertilisers increased for farmers in Indonesia

Pajaree Anannarukarn of Thailand putts on the 18th green during the third round of the Ford Championship presented by KCC at Seville Golf and Country Club. - AFPPajaree Anannarukarn of Thailand putts on the 18th green during the third round of the Ford Championship presented by KCC at Seville Golf and Country Club. - AFP

Thailand:

* Singer Bruno Mars shows off elephant shirt and pants, delights Thais in his sellout concert in Bangkok

* Thailand presses case for casinos to boost revenues, tourism and jobs

* Boom in Thai ‘spiritual sales’

* Police crack down on scam operation in largest call centre

Philippines:

* Extreme heat in the Philippines - Heat index hits danger level in five areas on Easter Sunday

* Philippines revamps maritime security offices and ensure better safety for their people at the sea

* Philippines' Marcos boosts maritime security as tension rises in South China Sea

* Pre-dawn fire in Philippine capital Manila kills one person

Models presenting creations by Rose Ma Lina x Defrico Audy take pictures at the back of the stage during the Indonesia Fashion Week at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta on Sunday, March 31, 2024. - AFPModels presenting creations by Rose Ma Lina x Defrico Audy take pictures at the back of the stage during the Indonesia Fashion Week at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta on Sunday, March 31, 2024. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Border guards of Vietnam and China hold joint patrol near shared marker line

* Led by its ever expanding durian market, Vietnam agricultural product exports boom in first months of 2024

* France to bring back remains of colonial soldiers from Vietnam

* Vietnam heakth ministry: Spotlight on new-gen tobacco items

Myanmar:

* Myanmar's oldest zoo in its 118th year still attracts around 1.5 million visitors annually

* Explosion kills three people including two children in Myanmar's Yangon

* The Rohingya return to the sea - 2023 was the deadliest year of Rohingya boat journeys

Children dressed as angels gesture in prayer before the traditional procession where the images of Jesus Christ and Mary meet, on Easter Sunday, at the St. Peter Parish Shrine of Leaders in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Sunday, March 31, 2024. - ReutersChildren dressed as angels gesture in prayer before the traditional procession where the images of Jesus Christ and Mary meet, on Easter Sunday, at the St. Peter Parish Shrine of Leaders in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Sunday, March 31, 2024. - Reuters

Cambodia:

* Cambodia plans to add seven tangible, three intangible cultural properties to UNESCO's heritage listing, says PM Hun Manet

* India rescuing citizens forced into cyber fraud schemes in Cambodia

* Coral reef spawning observed in Cambodian waters; conservationists say it is upmost important to safeguard reef for safety of sea

Laos:

* North Korea delegation visits Laos; both countries to work on improving defensive caspabilities

* Laos and China collaborate to advance traditional medicine usage

Brunei:

* Sabah in the dark about Brunei company's high-speed rail network

* Labour violations found in during special operations in Brunei

Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the popemobile after the Easter Mass as part of the Holy Week celebrations, at St Peter's square in the Vatican on Sunday, March 31, 2024. - AFPPope Francis waves to the crowd from the popemobile after the Easter Mass as part of the Holy Week celebrations, at St Peter's square in the Vatican on Sunday, March 31, 2024. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Borneo Rhythms of Rimba festival set to make comeback after four years

* Johor to host Asean Tourism Forum in 2025

* Pope renews call for Gaza ceasefire, release of hostages at Easter Sunday address

* A second Kobayashi Pharma Japan factory inspected over deaths

* Giant US southpaw Fundora beats Aussie Tszyu for boxing world titles

* Protein in muscles plays key role in recovery after exercise, study finds

* Study: Air pollution makes infants vulnerable to asthma

* Japan and China experts discuss Fukushima water release

* Scientists restore profile of ancient Chinese emperor through genetic analysis, say archaeologists

* Truce talks between Israel and Hamas to resume Sunday in Cairo, Egyptian television station says

* Europe looks to Japan for defence pact amid ‘worrying shift’ in regional dynamic

* Campaigning intensifies in South Korea as country gears up for general elections on April 10

* Cathay Pacific budget carrier HK Express eyes mainland China for expansion, aims to boost capacity

* Chinese scientists analysing Chang’e 5 lunar rock samples find clues to moon’s past in super-hard material

* Beijing slams Western nations for ‘smears and attacks’ against Hong Kong’s domestic national security law

* Article 23 reaction: US and Britain criticise ‘incredibly vague’ new Hong Kong national security law

* Nearly 30% of South Korean students overweight, with more binge drinking than before

* K-fat phobia - Why remarks about another’s body size might not necessarily raise red flags in South Korea

* Champion China table tennis player slammed for losing crucial Singapore game after ‘joyfully singing’ at Taylor Swift gig

* HK must be ready to ‘bite the bullet’ and take potshots after passing of Article 23 bill in its stride and assuage worries: analysts

* Deadly Moscow shooting leaves China’s internet divided on need for tighter security measures as country seeks to open up

* Hong Kong court orders care home and ex-warden to pay HK$1.19 million to woman resident sexually assaulted a decade ago

* Hong Kong ombudsman criticises Transport Department for ‘over-optimistic’ HKeToll launch, 18,000 undelivered vehicle tags

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