Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Sunday (May 12, 2024)


Damaged houses are seen after flash floods and cold lava flow from a volcano in Tanah Datar, West Sumatra, on Sunday, May 12, 2024. At least 34 people have died and 16 more were missing after flash floods and cold lava flow from a volcano hit western Indonesia, a local disaster official said on Sunday. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Anwar's visit strengthens Malaysia-Qatar ties, explores new investment

* Health Ministry to address AstraZeneca vaccine concerns this week, says deputy minister

* Court of Appeal to decide on army pensions, says Defence Minister

* KKB folks pin hopes on new assemblyman Pang to resolve local issues

* Newly-elected Pang sets out to serve Kuala Kubu Baharu constituents

* KKB by-election: Pang Sock Tao looking to move in to constituency following win

* Wholesale, retail trade rise shows economy is dynamic, progressive, says Armizan

* Subsidised diesel control system project expanded to another 14 types of vehicles, says Armizan

* Over 400 clinic upgrades, healthcare facility projects underway nationwide, says Dr Dzul

* It was a frank meeting with Brian Nelson, says Saifuddin

* Bursa Malaysia likely to trade range-bound this week and stay above the 1,600 level

* Ringgit likely to be traded in cautious mode against US this week; to be traded around 4.73 to 4.74 range

A couple shop for flowers during the Mother's Day, at a flower wholesale market in Beijing, Sunday, May 12, 2024. - APA couple shop for flowers during the Mother's Day, at a flower wholesale market in Beijing, Sunday, May 12, 2024. - AP

Singapore:

* High worldwide dengue numbers may not impact Singapore: Experts

* Two taken to hospital after eight-vehicle chain collision on Singapore's AYE

* Singapore MOH to tighten rules on MCs after feedback on doctors issuing them excessively or improperly

* JS-SEZ: Johor govt considering policies to curb property price speculation

* Johor proposes Iskandar Malaysia and Pengerang as locations for JS-SEZ

* Cat licensing scheme to kick in on Sept 1 in Singapore

* 400-year-old Buddha statue returns to Bhutan - thanks to a Singaporean couple

Indonesia:

* Indonesian manufacturing sector remains expansive amid global slowdown, says minister

* 12 dead after Indonesia flash floods and cold lava flow in Padang / Death toll rises to 34

* Indonesia’s Prabowo reiterates ‘Asian Way’ to defuse regional tension

* Graduation trip turns tragic - Indonesia school bus crash in Bandung kills 11, dozens injured

* How commercialising motherhood is guilt-tripping mums in Indonesia

* An elusive club of ‘exes’- Indonesia’s former presidents remain political bigwigs

* One dead in suspected Indonesia tiger attack, hunt ongoing

A woman poses for photographs holding a python during the 2024 Pet Expo Thailand in Bangkok on Sunday, May 12, 2024.  - AFPA woman poses for photographs holding a python during the 2024 Pet Expo Thailand in Bangkok on Sunday, May 12, 2024. - AFP

Thailand:

* Thai police seize one tonne of crystal meth worth RM118mil

* PM Srettha: Thailand to tighten border control amid Myanmar conflict

* Thailand on high alert for intense geomagnetic storm; potential disruptions to satellite communications expected

* Editorial: AI not possible without the wealth of human knowledge

* Babies up for sale online in Thailand

Philippines:

* Car fells off bridge - One dead and five injured in major road crash in Philippines

* Singapore and Philippines upgrade weekly code-share flights with new MOU

* Philippines eyes boost to nickel processing capacity; three more processing plants to be added

* Wishlist for Filipina mothers - Mothers Day is a good opportunity to show our appreciation for mummies

A crowd of tourists on the Maya Bay beach, on the southern Thai island of Koh Phi Phi. Across the region, South-East Asia's once-pristine beaches are reeling from decades of unchecked tourism as governments scramble to confront trash-filled waters and environmental degradation without puncturing a key economic driver.- AFPA crowd of tourists on the Maya Bay beach, on the southern Thai island of Koh Phi Phi. Across the region, South-East Asia's once-pristine beaches are reeling from decades of unchecked tourism as governments scramble to confront trash-filled waters and environmental degradation without puncturing a key economic driver.- AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam's Hai Phong kicks off Red Flamboyant Festival, marks UNESCO recognition

* Work starts on RM430mil biodegradable materials factory in Vietnam's Hai Phong

* Buddha's birthday (Wesak Day): When is it and how is it celebrated in different countries?

* What mothers want - a wishlist from mummies on Mother's Day

Myanmar:

* Myanmar's famous traditional broom-making businesses now struggling for survival

* Civilian casualties rise in Myanmar's civil war as resistance forces tighten noose around military

* Rape, terror and death at sea for Rohingya people escaping Myanmar

This handout aerial image taken and released by Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Sunday, May 12, 2024, shows the damaged area after flash floods and cold lava flow from a volcano in Tanah Datar, West Sumatra. At least 34 people have died and 16 more were missing after flash floods and cold lava flow from a volcano hit western Indonesia, a local disaster official said on May 12.- AFPThis handout aerial image taken and released by Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Sunday, May 12, 2024, shows the damaged area after flash floods and cold lava flow from a volcano in Tanah Datar, West Sumatra. At least 34 people have died and 16 more were missing after flash floods and cold lava flow from a volcano hit western Indonesia, a local disaster official said on May 12.- AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodia removes govt title removed from prominent businessman, accused of US$100 million fraud

* A top Cambodian opposition politician is charged with inciting disorder for criticising government

* Cambodian Union leader jailed 18 months for comments on Facebook

Laos:

* Laos reports good progress in country's health conditions at high-level UN meeting

* Laos donates pair of rare Asian elephants to Cambodia as token of its deep friendship with neighbour

Brunei:

* Serial housebreaker in Brunei sentenced to three years’ jail

* Outgoing Malaysian envoy to Brunei gets a royal farewell

Buddhists wait for a lantern parade as part of festivities celebrating the birthday of Buddha, at Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea. - APBuddhists wait for a lantern parade as part of festivities celebrating the birthday of Buddha, at Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea. - AP

AseanPlus:

* World's largest private cruise ship docks in Penang

* Twenty-nine people detained in large-scale Esscom operation in Sabah's east coast

* Fierce fighting reported in northern Gaza amid mass evacuations; UN expresses extreme concern for civilians

* Aurora Australis illuminates New Zealand skies; colourful display captivates people

* Israel strikes Gaza as more Rafah evacuations ordered

* North Korea hackers stole data from South Korea court computers: police

* Eight more Chinese cities join Hong Kong solo travel scheme

* Canadian police arrest fourth man for murder of Sikh leader Nijjar

* Spa and sleep - For new mums in Seoul

* Children of war: Hurt but not broken

* EU can be China’s more valuable partner

* Lotus Lantern Festival draws thousands in Seoul to celebrate upcoming Buddha's birthday

* South Korea prepares support package worth over $7 billion for chip industry

* Xi concludes Europe tour - with aims to reinforce China’s growing influence on the continent

* ‘Friendship marriage’ in Japan - From pals to platonic partners

* Young Korean doctors seek plan B: cosmetic dermatology or overseas

* Coming home - Lost dog returns home after going missing for 41 days

* UK mountaineer logs most Everest climbs by a foreigner, Nepali makes 29th ascent

* ‘The worst seems over’ for ‘cheap’ and ‘reasonably attractive’ Chinese stocks: EFG Asset Management

* China raises stakes in SpaceX internet rivalry, claims higher orbit for first SkyNet satellite

* Hong Kong records fourth death of child from flu this year as infections surge

* Foreign firms in China see ties fray with overseas HQs as information gap and communication chasm quell trust

* Hong Kong trade body says ex-employee under investigation, two weeks after Germany arrests 3 over spying for Beijing

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