Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Monday (April 16, 2024)


French Ambassador to the Philippines Marie Fontanel (left) and Greek Ambassador to the Phillippines Ioannis Pediotis hold a symbolic Olympic Flame during a symbolic relay event in front of the globe of the Mall of Asia in Manila on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, following the flame lighting ceremony for the Paris 2024 Olympics Games. - AFP

Malaysia:

* KLIA shooting suspect to be brought back to Selangor / Bodyguard had successful five-hour surgery, says wife

* KLIA shooting: Cops probing why suspect went for check-up the week before

* KLIA shooting: Suspect wanted to try and flee the country, says CID director

* KLIA shooting: 'I need seven lawyers', suspect says after given remand

* NSC, cops to give input on tightening airport security, says Loke

* Court orders mental health check for man who insulted Raja of Perlis online

* Fahmi directs MCMC to act against TikTok user over defamatory content

* I was never investigated, yet MACC claims I committed a crime, says Dr M

* 1MDB trial: Hearing of Najib’s appeal to recuse judge set for Aug 20

* Court rejects 1MDB’s bid to transfer Arul Kanda, Irwan’s US$6.5bil case to another judge

* Muhyiddin wants five-member appeals court panel to hear bid to restore acquittal

* World is watching us, time to restrain ‘narrow-minded Napoleons’, Rafidah tells govt

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (left) and Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo look at the logo of the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Philippines during a joint press conference at a hotel in Manila on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. - AFPSingapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (left) and Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo look at the logo of the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Philippines during a joint press conference at a hotel in Manila on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. - AFP

Singapore:

* South China Sea claimants should settle dispute peacefully, says Singapore foreign minister

* Incoming Singapore PM says incumbent Lee to serve as senior minister in next cabinet - media

* ‘Quiet wisdom and a steady hand’: Tributes pour in for outgoing PM Lee

* PM Lee’s handover to DPM Wong: Is a snap GE on the cards?

* ‘Little Red Dot’ dreams big at Singapore Pavilion for Osaka World Expo 2025

* All employers in S'pore must fairly consider flexi-work requests from Dec 1 under new rules

* American man extradited to S’pore admits running fraudulent trading scheme involving over S$18mil

* S$3 billion money laundering case: Third accused convicted, gets 13 months’ jail

* Jail for married man who posed as social escort agent to get free sex

* Singer Richie Jen asks fans not to mention they have bumped into him in Singapore

* Tourist arrested for allegedly stealing luxury goods at Changi Airport before her flight

Indonesia:

* Indonesia speeds up purchasing rice from local farmers; move to ensure enough stock during Aidilfitri season

* One killed, 46 injured in West Sumatra bus crash

* Indonesia landslide death toll rises to 20 as search ends

* Indonesian central bank intervenes after rupiah drops to 4-year low

* Asian shares slide on US rate cut rethink, Middle East worries

* Equities sink, oil rallies on fears of Iran-Israel conflict

* Jokowi’s son-in-law faces stiff opposition in regional race

Tourists carry surfboard during sunset at Kuta beach near Denpasar on Indonesia resort island of Bali. - AFPTourists carry surfboard during sunset at Kuta beach near Denpasar on Indonesia resort island of Bali. - AFP

Thailand:

* Foreign arrivals in Thailand surpass 10-million mark this year; Malaysians second biggest visitors after China

* PM Srettha posts photos of Songkran visit to Thaksin

* Two scenarios possible should ex-PM Yingluck return home: analyst

* Thais favour trips to China for Songkran following visa waiver

* Oil prices rise as Israel weighs response to Iran attack

* 162 killed in Songkran road accidents so far this year

Philippines:

* Extreme heat shuts Philippine power plants and risks blackouts

* Divers in the Philippines create nurseries for rescued coral

* Philippines, US eyeing inclusion of Japan in annual military exercise

* Marcos on largest drug bust ever: No bullet fired, not one person dead

* Philippine remittances rise by 3% in February

* Oil prices rise on China growth, Middle East tensions

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, left, speaks to Apple CEO Tim Cook, right, before their meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. The tech giant CEO is on a visit to Vietnam to promote cooperation and boost investment in the South-East Asian nation. - APVietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, left, speaks to Apple CEO Tim Cook, right, before their meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. The tech giant CEO is on a visit to Vietnam to promote cooperation and boost investment in the South-East Asian nation. - AP

Vietnam:

* Apple CEO says that he wants to increase investments in Vietnam

* Two workers killed in Hanoi as glass on high-rise building shatters

* Apple wants to spend more on suppliers in Vietnam

* Land-sea corridor boosts trade between China and Asean

* More support in forestry modernisation in Vietnam

Myanmar:

* Heatwave kills a monk and a man in Yangon

* Rebels raise flag at seized Myanmar base, commander confident of retaining control

* Myanmar Guerrilla claims to fend off junta’s advances on border town

People pour water on statues of Buddha during the celebrations for Khmer New Year, locally known as Sangkrant, in Kampong Chhnang province. - AFPPeople pour water on statues of Buddha during the celebrations for Khmer New Year, locally known as Sangkrant, in Kampong Chhnang province. - AFP

Cambodia:

* China FM Wang to visit Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea from Thursday (Apr 18)

* Cambodia expects more foreign tourists this year; Chinese visitors leading the way

* Cambodia's bicycle export down 43% in Q1

Laos:

* Laos has highest child marriage and adolescent pregnancy rates in region; govt to intensify efforts to reduce numbers

* Laos to see moderate growth in 2024 supported by external demand: ADB

Brunei:

* Malaysian-Brunei Hari Raya song a big hit; tune garners millions of hits as it goes viral amid festivities

* Youth join Brunei-Singapore community project

Japan's Emperor Naruhito (right) and Empress Masako greet after attending the Japan Prize presentation ceremony Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Tokyo. - APJapan's Emperor Naruhito (right) and Empress Masako greet after attending the Japan Prize presentation ceremony Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Tokyo. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Uphold unity and steer clear of 3R issues, Malaysians advised

* Yeoh siblings the biggest gainers on Forbes 50 richest Malaysians list 2024

* Long-missing father found in S'pore four years ago passes away

* Iran-Israel conflict: Anwar's firmness to be commended, says don

* Bangladeshi man charged with murdering countryman in Genting Highlands

* Shots fired at Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's house; two gangsters arrested

* Iran able to 'handle situation', spare Middle East more tension, says China's foreign minister

* Australia offers French mall stabbing hero citizenship

* Australia says Assyrian church stabbing was terrorist act

* Hong Kong international airport recrowned world's busiest cargo airport for 2023

* AI 'resurrection' of dead stars raises ethical, legal concerns

* HK actor Lee Lung Kei, 73, breaks down after 36YO fiancee faces additional charge

* Iran attack upsets Opec+ search for Goldilocks price

* A China EV trade war will be self-defeating for carmakers

* Chinese economy beats growth expectations in first quarter

* TikTok is launching a new photo app to rival Instagram

* Tesla lays off more than 10% of staff globally as sales fall

* 10 years on, families of Sewol tragedy victims fight for answers

* Nissan says it will make next-generation EV batteries by 2028

* Industry tracker: Samsung returns to top of the smartphone market

* FBI opens criminal probe in Baltimore bridge collapse; fourth body recovered

* South Korean President Yoon sorry for shortcomings but insists policies were right

* BTS’ Jungkook creates Instagram account for pet dog Bam, hits 4 million followers in record time

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