Asean news headlines as at 10pm on Friday (June 21)

People practice yoga in an International Yoga Day event organised by the Embassy of India, at the Youth and Sports Ministry in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 21, 2024. - AP


* Fan Bingbing dines with Malaysian tycoon Vincent Tan and his family in KL

* Let Speaker decide on rogue Bersatu reps’ seats, says Anwar

* Mechanic pleads not guilty to attempted murder of ex-wife's fiance

* Smuggler shoots at Customs officers in daring escape

* Battle for Sg Bakap state seat begins tomorrow

* Senior citizen losses RM3.5mil in land sale scam in Kuala Lumpur

* Ringgit weakness significantly impacts Malaysia's IMD competitiveness ranking - Tengku Zafrul

* Singer Bruno Mars to stage a one-night concert in KL on Sept 17

* Bus carrying 19 passengers plunges into ravine in Lahad Datu

* Housewife charged with murdering her best friend's child

* BN mulls fielding candidate for Nenggiri if polls held, says Zahid

* MACC chief drops defamation suit against whistleblower

* Insurance firm to pay for oil spill clean-up on Johor beaches, says exco man

* Speak up if you see foreigners buying RON95, public urged

* Drop in foreign vehicles refueling with diesel near M'sia-Thai border

* Malaysia registers RM83.7bil in approved investments in 1Q

* Sabah revenue rights: Only MA63 should apply, Warisan tells Pakatan

* Man escapes gallows, gets 38 years in jail for kidnapping, murdering glove factory manager


* Singaporean driver accused of intentionally hitting cyclist in Perth charged with murder

* Man jailed for stealing S$120k from passenger in one of the worst theft cases on flight

* No human cases of bird flu in Singapore but public urged to stay vigilant: MOH

* 309 people investigated over scams in Singapore involving over S$14 million in losses

* Jail, fine for S'porean who was part of illegal moneylending syndicate, earning S$500k in profit

* S'porean woman cheated 12 victims of over S$106k in various scams, including faking her kids’ deaths

vJail for S'porean ex-cop who forged witness statements, then lied to court in bid to be a lawyer

* No casualties among S’porean haj pilgrims amid deadly heatwave in Mecca

* Over 71,000kg of oil-soaked sand scooped up at Sentosa’s beaches following oil spill

* Singapore to put in place measures to deal with screen time and device use in coming months


* Torsak reinstated as Thai police chief following conflict probe

* Stray cats up for adoption at Thailand's BKK Expo 2024

* Thailand eyes 8 trillion baht revenue in 2027 from soft power

* Thai exports rise for second month in May, beat forecast

* ‘War Elephants’ in Fifa top 100 rankings for the first time in 14 years

* Thailand’s multibillion-dollar industry braces for La Nina flooding

* Thailand approves VAT on cheap imported goods


* Chinese garment factory in Indonesia could create 108,000 jobs: Minister

* Longer wait times at Indonesia airports due to systems outage; travellers advised to arrive early

* Indonesia's Prabowo awarded police’s highest meritorious service star

* New task force goes all in against online gambling in Indonesia

* Indonesia detects five hotspots of forest fires in Riau

* Jeju taps Indonesian influencer Anang Hermansyah as new tourism envoy

* Jakarta to mark 497 years with special Rp1 transit fare


* Philippine business groups make rare statement amid South China Sea tensions

* Mayor Alice Guo, others face human trafficking complaint

* Philippines says latest China clash won't trigger US treat

* Philippines emerges as South-East Asia renewable power pacesetter

* Lawmakers in Philippines push for probe into Pentagon’s anti-vax propaganda operation


* Vietnam says it's ready to hold talks with Philippines on overlapping continental shelf claims

* Ancient statue of Goddess Durga repatriated to Vietnam

* Vietnam says willing to talk to Philippines about Manila's UN maritime claim

* Banks in Vietnam estimate large extraordinary revenues from debt recovery


* Large-scale protests threatened over NGO union report that alleges restrictions on freedom in Cambodia

* Fishy business in Cambodia durian markets

* WHO pledges close cooperation across health sector in Cambodia


* Myanmar's Suu Kyi in 'good health': junta spokesman

* Armed suspect fatally shot during bank robbery attempt in Myanmar's Sagaing

* Myanmar to implement 40 smart villages this fiscal year

* Rohingya may have entered Bangladesh in recent Myanmar clashes, refugee official says


* Lao govt​ to tighten regulations on entertainment venues

* Lao govt, investor ink concession deal to develop 124 MW hydropower project


* Brunei female athlete scores gold in Asian University wushu championship

* 'Danger to road users': Court of Appeal upholds sentences on Brunei man for violent offences, substance abuse


* Xi, Putin score wins as more Asia leaders aim to join BRICS

* Young people in China not eager to walk into marriage

* S. Korea summons Russian ambassador over Pyongyang deal

* Two monkeys in India seen pulling violently at woman’s hair in viral video

* South Korea declares full-fledged war to combat low birth rate

* Shanghai AI startup founded by ex-Microsoft engineers bets on ‘scaling law’ to boost AI capabilities

* Blackpink to release concert film for anniversary

* Hong Kong police arrest 114 over scamming 163 people out of HK$73mil

* Death toll from India tainted liquor tragedy rises to 47

* S. Korea to expand visa, job options for foreign students to try to plug vacancies

* Chinese premier Li returns from official visits to NZ, Australia, Malaysia

* Korean Air boosts flights to China, Japan

* Chinese President Xi underscores ethnic unity

* Death toll from heavy rainfalls rises to nine in south China

* After electoral setback, Modi may be forced to amend India's food policy

* Seoul mulls 'arms support' for Ukraine after Russia-N Korea pact

* Exiled HK activists call for Japan’s support; Finn Lau condemns HK govt for the over 1,800 political prisoners

* Indian Railways conducts successful trial run of train over world’s highest bridge in Jammu and Kashmir

* Former HK actress Michele Reis shares photo of hubby celebrating her birthday

* Asian markets retreat after tech losses hobble Wall St

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