Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Monday (May 20, 2024)


Philippine Coast Guard members stand during a send-off ceremony for the Maritime Security Law Enforcement Command at Coast Guard headquarters in Manila, Philippines on Monday, May 20, 2024. The group is tasked to strengthen maritime security drive and ensure the smooth flow of maritime economics within the Philippine domestic waters. - AP

Malaysia:

* Duo plead guilty to trespassing into Istana Negara

* Cops investigating nature of recent police station attack, attempted trespass at Istana Negara, says Saifuddin

* PM's Central Asia visit a mission to find more staunch friends

* PM's Uzbekistan visit creates more business opportunities for Malaysians

* Ulu Tiram attack: Only seven called up to help with probe so far, says Johor top cop

* Malaysia trade up 12.1% to RM221.74bil, exports rebound 9.1% to RM114.72bil in April

* Investment banks upbeat on Malaysia's GDP outlook, ticks geopolitical risk as downside

* Malaysia expresses condolences over Iran President's death in helicopter crash

* Peru man nabbed at KLIA after cocaine found in system

* Cops record statement of two individuals over death threats against Teresa Kok

* Woman's death sentence commuted to 33 years in jail for murder

* Azmin claims police investigation against him tantamount to intimidation

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (left) welcomes Fiji's President Wiliame Katonivere at the mangrove area of Ngurah Rai Forest Park (Tahura), during the 10th World Water Forum in Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, on Monday, May 20, 2024. - APIndonesia's President Joko Widodo (left) welcomes Fiji's President Wiliame Katonivere at the mangrove area of Ngurah Rai Forest Park (Tahura), during the 10th World Water Forum in Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, on Monday, May 20, 2024. - AP

Singapore:

* Boy, 14, among 159 suspects arrested in Singapore during narcotic raids; over RM1mil in drugs seized

* Eldest of four brothers who sexually abused sister gets 20 years’ jail, caning

* Singapore police and DBS recover 70-year-old scam victim’s RM590,000

* Singapore waters see coral bleaching amid global event

* 90-year-old in Singapore among 113 people under probe for alleged involvement in illegal horse betting

* Heavy traffic at Woodlands Checkpoint due to enhanced security checks after attack on Ulu Tiram police station

* Growth in Apec region forecast to reach 3.4% in 2024

* Asian shares hit two year highs - Metals, stocks surge as rate cut expectations firm

* Oil little changed and steadies after death of Iran's president, Saudi king's ill health

Indonesia:

* 10th World Water Forum opens in Indonesia's Bali; nature's gift must be shared by all say summit

* No Tesla factory? Satellites will do for now as Indonesia pivots ties with Elon Musk

* Indonesia lowers 2025 GDP growth forecast, keeps budget gap plan

* Indonesia minister says Musk to consider building EV battery plant in country

* Elon Musk launches Starlink in Indonesia, eyes future investment

* Starlink goes live in Indonesia - Elon Musk has arrived in country

* Eruption of Mt Ibu forces evacuation for many people

LGBTQ participants pose for photographers during a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand , Monday, May 20, 2024. Bangkok Pride Parade will be held on June 1. - APLGBTQ participants pose for photographers during a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand , Monday, May 20, 2024. Bangkok Pride Parade will be held on June 1. - AP

Thailand:

* One killed and 13 injured in two bomb blasts in Narathiwat, Thailand's restive southern province

* Candidates begin registering in complicated process to select Thailand's new Senate

* In a boiling world, chief heat officers battle 'silent killer'; millions of people are badly affected

* Thailand’s economic growth slows even as it beats estimate

* Thai Q1 GDP grows 1.5% y/y, above forecast

* A water crisis that software can’t solve

* Emerging Markets - China stocks scale over eight-month high and Asian forex stay steady

Philippines:

* Philippines blames China for loss of giant clams in disputed shoal and urges environmental inquiry

* Philippines urges China to allow scrutiny of disputed South China Sea shoal

* Philippines to extend halt of onion imports, farm ministry says

* Philippines appoint new military commander for South China Sea

* Father of Aussie rugby star arrested for drug trafficking in Philippines

* A 13-year fight for slain activist - Philippine environmental activist and radio host Gerry Ortega who was shot dead

Vietnam's Public Security Minister To Lam, nominated to be the country's new president, stands during the National Assembly's summer session opening in Hanoi on Monday, May 20, 2024. Vietnam's Communist Party has nominated the country's new president after his predecessor resigned as part of a sweeping anti-graft purge. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)Vietnam's Public Security Minister To Lam, nominated to be the country's new president, stands during the National Assembly's summer session opening in Hanoi on Monday, May 20, 2024. Vietnam's Communist Party has nominated the country's new president after his predecessor resigned as part of a sweeping anti-graft purge. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Vietnam:

* Vietnam votes in new National Assembly head; Tran Thanh Man now of the 'Powerful Four' in Asean nation

* Vietnamese airlines now using environmentally-friendly aircraft to realize net-zero emission targets

* Vietnam Deputy PM: Economy facing mounting pressure; credit growth remains weak

* Vietnam to prioritise economic growth as challenges mount after leadership reshuffle

* Police minister To Lam elevated to top post amid major leadership reshuffle

Myanmar:

* Lancang-Mekong Corporation-funded project to provide clean water to villages in eastern Myanmar

* UN warns of further 'atrocities' in Myanmar

* Rebel group claims control of western town in Myanmar

Performers during the inauguration ceremony of Taiwan's President Lai Ching-te at the Presidential Palace in Taipei, Taiwan, on Monday, May 20, 2024. Lai urged China to stop its intimidation of the democratic island, comments aimed at calming a dispute at the heart of a geopolitical rivalry involving the world's two biggest powers. - BloombergPerformers during the inauguration ceremony of Taiwan's President Lai Ching-te at the Presidential Palace in Taipei, Taiwan, on Monday, May 20, 2024. Lai urged China to stop its intimidation of the democratic island, comments aimed at calming a dispute at the heart of a geopolitical rivalry involving the world's two biggest powers. - Bloomberg

Cambodia:

* Chinese navy ships arrive in Cambodia for goodwill visit; China promises great frienship between both countries

* Joint naval drills to begin with China in Sambodia

* RCEP and FTAs to help Cambodia attract more FDIs, boost exports

Laos:

* Laos to reduce use of harmful pesticides to humans and also ensure food security for the future

* Economy projected to register moderate growth amid ongoing challenges, says Laos President

Brunei:

* Brunei Minister highlights rise in stroke-related deaths; now fourth leading cause of death in country

* Brunei King leaves for Timor-Leste state visit on Monday

Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani, wife Neeta Ambani and son Akash Ambani display the indelible ink mark on their fingers after casting vote outside a polling station during the fifth round of multi-phase national elections in Mumbai, India, Monday, May 20, 2024. - APIndian businessman Mukesh Ambani, wife Neeta Ambani and son Akash Ambani display the indelible ink mark on their fingers after casting vote outside a polling station during the fifth round of multi-phase national elections in Mumbai, India, Monday, May 20, 2024. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Orang utan not to be gifted to trading countries, should remain in habitat, says Sarawak minister

* China vital partner for Malaysia's telecommunication and digital economy development, says Teo Nie Ching

* Gen Z music sensation Laufey makes jazz accessible to younger audience

* China's agriculture chief stripped from ministry's leadership roster amid investigation

* Indians vote early in fifth phase of polls to avoid scorching heat

* South Korea and Britain host AI summit with safety top of agenda

* Singer Jay Chou brought to tears by fan’s words at China concert

* HK actor Donnie Yen to star in 'John Wick' movie spin-off based on his assassin character Caine

* China sanctions US defence contractors including Boeing for Taiwan arms sales

* New Taiwan president takes office as Chinese state media warns of 'provocative' behaviour

* South Korea bans viral North Korea propaganda video praising Kim

* Beyond members slam duo who defaced grave of late bandmate HK singer Wong Ka Kui

* Former Taiwanese actress Rosalyn Ku, 57, reveals she has stage four cancer

* Iran's President Raisi, Foreign Minister die in helicopter crash, Iranian official tells Reuters

* What do we know so far about the helicopter crash that killed Iran's president and others?

* Iran's Supreme Leader approves Mohammad Mokhber as interim president, declares 5 days' mourning

* Kirin's electric spoon leaps from Ig Noble infamy to the dinner table

* Australia, NZ unable to send evacuation flights to New Caledonia

* TikTok parent ByteDance now has China’s most popular AI chatbot

* Satwiksairaj-Chirag continue to shine in happy hunting ground; duo bags Thailand Open title

* Cricket - High-priced Cummins, Starc face off as IPL enters playoffs

* Golf-Schauffele wins PGA Championship for long-awaited first major

* Motor racing-Verstappen holds off charging Norris to win at Imola

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