Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Saturday (May 18, 2024)


Sea turtles line up to be release into ocean during the water purification ritual ceremony of the World Water Forum in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Saturday, May 18, 2024. Bali resort island is holding the 10th World Water Forum from May 18 until 25. - AP

Malaysia:

* Ulu Tiram attack: Slain policemens remains brought to mosque for funeral prayers

* Ulu Tiram attack: Cop-killer linked to JI but acted alone, says Saifuddin

* Ulu Tiram attack: Injured policeman in stable condition, says Home Minister

* Ulu Tiram attack: Suspect not JI member, initial link made due to father's past, says IGP

* Ulu Tiram attack: Queen pays last respects to two slain policemen / * Heightened security at police stations across country

* Two men caught trying to enter Istana Negara with machete

* Beware of scammers using fake tech support ruse, warns Bukit Aman

* Scammers posing as NSRC officials caused nearly RM7mil in losses this year

* Malaysia, Uzbekistan to transform joint committee on trade into joint commission

* JPJ may go undercover to catch vehicle owners renting cars to foreigners without driving licence

* Malaysia welcomes Madrid appellate court's decision to uphold Sulu arbitrator's conviction, says Azalina

* Melaka temple displays rare Buddha relics from Sri Lanka ahead of Wesak Day celebrations

China's Zhou Yafei celebrates after beating Indonesia's Rajiah Sallsabillh in the women's climbing speed final during the Olympic Qualifier Series for breaking, BMX freestyle, skateboarding, and sport climbing events ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Shanghai on Saturday, May 18, 2024. - AFPChina's Zhou Yafei celebrates after beating Indonesia's Rajiah Sallsabillh in the women's climbing speed final during the Olympic Qualifier Series for breaking, BMX freestyle, skateboarding, and sport climbing events ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Shanghai on Saturday, May 18, 2024. - AFP

Singapore:

* Singapore facing new Covid-19 wave; vaccination recommended especially for seniors, says health minister

* Top-tier concerts helped draw over a million visitors to Singapore Sports Hub in first three months of 2024; around RM1.5bil income generated

* Ulu Tiram attack: Malaysian IGP says no Singaporean arrested, all seven remanded are local

* Singapore strongly condemns Ulu Tiram police station attack, says its foreign ministry; Singaporean among arrested

* Singapore F-16 crash caused by component malfunction and fleet to resume flying, says defence ministry

* Singapore's vibrant culinary scene lies in its rich heritage

* Oil gains 1% on hopes of firmer demand

Indonesia:

* Indonesia’s free school lunch initiative stirs positive change despite cost concerns

* Prabowo's cabinet expansion plan raises budget concerns but move will not face hurdles, say analysts

* Indonesia's West Sumatra declares 14-day state of emergency following flood, lahars that killed dozens of people

* 10th water forum in Indonesia's Bali to yield 120 strategic projects valued at RM44.3bil

* Hundreds evacuated near erupting volcano in Indonesia

Williams driver Alexander Albon of Thailand steers his car during the third practice at the Dino and Enzo Ferrari racetrack in Imola, Italy, Imola, Saturday, May 18, 2024. The Italy's Emilia Romagna Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. - APWilliams driver Alexander Albon of Thailand steers his car during the third practice at the Dino and Enzo Ferrari racetrack in Imola, Italy, Imola, Saturday, May 18, 2024. The Italy's Emilia Romagna Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. - AP

Thailand:

* Malaysia's Zii Jia faces Angus in Thai Open final after beating Taiwan's Chou in semis

* Malaysia overtakes Thailand as South-East Asia's second-biggest auto market

* Thailand outlines three-stage plan to become region’s aviation hub

* Thai cannabis groups rally against plan to relist plant as drug

* Thai PM ‘saddened’ by deaths of two Thais in Oct 7 attack

Philippines:

* Philippines to vigorously defend territory, says president Marcos

* Philippines arrests Australian suspect, most wanted in Indonesia and reportedly the father of a rugby star, for drugs trafficking

* Manila to buy Japan-made coast guard vessels in RM1.9bil deal

* ‘Let’s settle differences’- Beijing tells Manila to settle maritime issues in peaceful manner

A soldier during the flag rising ceremony at Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam's Communist Party has nominated public security minister To Lam to be the country's new president, state media said on Saturday, May 18, 2024, after his predecessor resigned as part of a sweeping anti-graft purge. - BloombergA soldier during the flag rising ceremony at Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam's Communist Party has nominated public security minister To Lam to be the country's new president, state media said on Saturday, May 18, 2024, after his predecessor resigned as part of a sweeping anti-graft purge. - Bloomberg

Vietnam:

* Tough job ahead for former top cop now set to be Vietnam's new president; main job to calm down investors

* Vietnam nominates public security minister To Lam for new president, says state media

* Saving the Mekong: The arduous battle to sustain life along South-East Asia’s longest river

* Vietnam Govt removes third top leader in two months amid reshuffle

Myanmar:

* Myanmar-born fish farmer, 39, graduates with aquaculture polytechnic diploma in Singapore

* Myanmar ethnic armed group claims control of western town

* Myanmar welcomes over 430,000 foreign tourists in first four months of this year

In this handout photo provided by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration, Australian national Gregor Johann Haas poses for a mugshot following his arrest in Cebu province, Central Philippines on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. One of Indonesia's most-wanted drug suspects has been arrested in the Philippines after an international manhunt and efforts were underway to have the suspect, reportedly the father of an Australian rugby star, extradited to Jakarta to face charges, Indonesian and Philippine officials said Friday. - APIn this handout photo provided by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration, Australian national Gregor Johann Haas poses for a mugshot following his arrest in Cebu province, Central Philippines on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. One of Indonesia's most-wanted drug suspects has been arrested in the Philippines after an international manhunt and efforts were underway to have the suspect, reportedly the father of an Australian rugby star, extradited to Jakarta to face charges, Indonesian and Philippine officials said Friday. - AP

Cambodia:

* Cambodian 'Bruce Lee' named in prestigious Forbes ’30 Under 30 – Asia’ list

* Cambodia and South Korea agree to leverage RCEP and other FTAs

* Muhibbah rides on Cambodian tourism uptick

Laos:

* Laos and Asean to promote digital development and ensure sustainable economic development

* Laos experiences power shortage amid searing hot weather

Brunei:

* Brunei King to hold state visit to Timor-Leste; first visit by ruler to country since relations established in 2022

* Perform haj sincerely but always be cautious and take care of safety, Brunei imams tell those leaving for holy land on May 23

Britain's Sasha Pardoe competes in the Cycling BMX Freestyle Women's Park Final for the 2024 Olympic Qualifier Series held in Shanghai, Saturday, May 18, 2024. - APBritain's Sasha Pardoe competes in the Cycling BMX Freestyle Women's Park Final for the 2024 Olympic Qualifier Series held in Shanghai, Saturday, May 18, 2024. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Malaysian students win top prizes at Etoiles De France dance competition in Paris

* Malaysian Immigration Dept raids illegal ewaste factory run by Chinese national

* Fierce fighting in northern Gaza as aid starts to roll off US-built pier

* Australians stranded in New Caledonia 'running out of food' amid civil unrest

* China salesman lost all in floods sleeps in car to save money for weekly trips to see girlfriend who lives 500km away

* Taiwan’s William Lai could signal friendlier cross-strait ties at inauguration, but Beijing isn’t getting its hopes up

* Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping agree to expand Russia-China military coordination

* Pentagon warns Beijing about its military ties to Russia, even as Xi and Putin meet

* Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin pledge to develop even closer China-Russia ties in energy and finance

* Bird flu found in western China as US combats cattle outbreak

* China’s medical testing sector scales down with pandemic peak in rear-view

* Japan lawmakers begin talks on dwindling imperial line

* China probes agriculture minister for suspected disciplinary violations

* India - Sonia Gandhi makes emotional appeal to voters on behalf of son

* 'Danger behind the beauty': More solar storms could be heading our way

* ‘Very sensitive situation’: is China flooding Europe with ‘overcapacity’ of new energy goods?

* US House committee moves quickly to approve bill limiting business with Chinese biotech firms

* Visa-free China entry approved at all cruise ports, tourists allowed to stay for up to 15 days

* Beijing’s intervention in Chinese markets, including tech, could strangle ‘economic dynamism’, author says

* Safety warning over baby clothes after Hong Kong watchdog’s tests find more than half of items pose risks

* ‘Tip of the iceberg’: spate of Hong Kong murder-suicide tragedies sparks calls for early detection of high-risk families

* Is former Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s HK$9 million-a-year office sign of respect or ‘ridiculous’ use of public money?

* Country Garden wins 4-week reprieve in Hong Kong winding-up case as Beijing steps up efforts to end housing market crisis

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