Asean news headlines as at 9pm on Thursday (April 18)

People in Sitaro, North Sulawesi looking at Mt Ruang volcano as it spews smoke. Indonesian rescuers raced to evacuate thousands of people on April 18 after the volcano erupted five times, forcing authorities to close a nearby airport and issue a warning about falling debris that could cause a tsunami. - AFP


* June 27 decision on Malaysian Bar's application for leave to challenge Zahid's DNAA

* Mt Ruang eruption: More than 20,000 passengers affected by flight suspensions, says Hajiji

* Mt Ruang eruption: Passengers stranded in Sabah include umrah pilgrims, wedding party

* Mt Ruang eruption: Air travellers in Kuching stranded as flights cancelled

* Ruang eruption: Batik Air now cancels flights from KL to Sabah, Sarawak

* Mt Ruang eruption: AirAsia reinstates several flights today (Updated)

* Mt Ruang eruption: Passengers at Kota Kinabalu airport caught in limbo

* Malaysia Airlines cancels Sabah, Sarawak flights due to Mt Ruang eruption

* Malaysia's video gaming industry projected to hit US$649mil revenue in 2024

* Musa Hitam a stalwart of principle, integrity, says Anwar

* Thailand's temporary exemption on form TM.6 can boost tourism in Perlis, says state exco member

* Fate of Penang Undersea Tunnel project depends on steering committee recommendations

* MACC arrests two bank officers for bribing several law firms


* Body of missing S’porean woman in Spain found with 30 stab wounds; S’porean man arrested

* Charismatic, loving, a true friend’: Ex-colleagues remember S’porean woman killed in Spain

* Two men accused of graft involving over S$388k get discharge amounting to acquittal

* Singapore loses 'world’s best airport’ crown

* Man who sexually assaulted step-niece gets 18 years’ jail, 24 strokes of cane

* Pritam Singh appoints ex-prosecutor to defend him in court over his alleged lies to Parliament

* Apple CEO to meet Singapore leader to wrap whirlwind Asia tour


* Yingluck to follow in Thaksin’s legal footsteps on return: lawyer

* Cadmium poisoning identified in 17 residents near Samut Sakhon factory

* Bangkok ranks second-best city for expats in Asia, Singapore is top with Penang and KL close behind

* Hero stone for forgotten victims of Kanchanaburi Death Railway to be unveiled on May 1

* Thai Transport Ministry drafting bill to reduce electric train fares to 20 baht

* Thailand approves permanent visa waiver for tourists from Kazakhstan

* Explosion at Thai ice factory leaves 128 injured


* China's Wang Yi meets Indonesia's Jokowi, president-elect Prabowo

* Jokowi seeks ex-British PM Tony Blair's help to speed up Indonesia's digitalisation

* Jokowi-Megawati rift may hinder Prabowo’s efforts to include PDI-P in his govt

* China FM says Beijing and Jakarta want regional peace and stability

* On alert for further Mt Ruang eruptions as evacuations continue, airport closed

* Indonesia airport near volcano closed after Mt Ruang eruptions

* Mt Ruang: Last eruptions before Wednesday occurred in 2002, 1949

* Tsunami alert after a Ruang volcano has several big eruptions and thousands are told to leave


* Philippines, N. Zealand eye forces deal, share concern over South China Sea

* Marcos Jr is in Time’s 100 Most Influential People for 2024

* A lot of potential to be tapped in Philippines; Singapore hopes to play key role: Vivian

* Philippine Coast Guard to join military drills with United States


* Global suppliers join Beautycare Expo 2024 in Hanoi

* Hanoi gains, while HCM City loses ground in global smart city ranking

* Vietnam, UK sign new agreement on illegal migration


* Cambodia's trade with fellow Asean members up 18.6% in Q1

* Cambodia sees over 110,000 foreign tourists travelling across country during traditional New Year


* In a rebel-held Myanmar town, fragile unity pushes junta to the brink

* Myanmar instability hampers India's bid to send home refugees


* Govt, private sectors extend support for school meals programme


* Brunei palace flour scandal trial involving Malaysians begins

* Barber shop at Brunei stadium gives youth founder an edge


* China accuses US of hypocrisy over Biden 'xenophobic' claims

* China foreign ministry welcomes Blinken's visit to China as tensions simmer

* One in three S. Koreans lives alone, more than half are women

* China to keep expanding market access

* Former world No. 1 Momota announces retirement from international badminton

* Upcoming China train station looks like a sanitary pad, ridicule netizens

* Eight reported injured after Japan quake

* Batik Air now flies to Guilin, its seventh destination in China

* China-born Zhou Guanyu will be a star regardless of who wins the Chinese Formula 1 race in Shanghai

* Alamak! Japanese dance team wows Malaysians by dancing to viral hit 'Alamak Raya Lagi'

* K-pop boy band manager dismissed for setting up spycam in theatre dressing room

* Director Jon M. Chu to turn 'Crazy Rich Asians' movie into Broadway musical

* K-pop singer lost consciousness after being hit by foul ball at baseball game

* HK actor Ruco Chan responds to rumours of wife Phoebe Sin expecting 2nd child

* Markets rise as traders consider US rate outlook

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