Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Sunday (June 23, 2024)


Pope Francis (right) shaking hands with Singapore's President Tharman Shanmugaratnam and his wife before a meeting at the Vatican. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Govt committed to reducing carbon footprint, promoting sustainable practices, says Anwar

* Concerted effort needed to retake 'Felda seats', says Tok Mat

* PAS will not join unity government, says Tuan Ibrahim

* Immediate approval for eligible transport providers under SKDS, says Armizan

* Early morning storm destroys seven houses in Kubang Pasu

* Skipper of capsized fishing boat found drowned off Tanjung Segenting

* Millions lost to scammers posing as NSRC officials

* MCMC seizes social media user's phone over inappropriate content involving minor

* Driving schools involved in corruption risk losing licences, says Loke

* Visa exemption: Perak intensifies promotion to lure tourists from China

* Ringgit likely to trend lower versus the US dollar; expected to stay around 4.71 range

* Bursa Malaysia likely to remain in consolidation mode this week; to stay within 1,589 to 1,610 range

Participants launch a giant kite during the Bali Kite Festival at Mertasari beach in Sanur, Indonesia's Bali island on Sunday, June 23, 2024.- AFPParticipants launch a giant kite during the Bali Kite Festival at Mertasari beach in Sanur, Indonesia's Bali island on Sunday, June 23, 2024.- AFP

Singapore:

* Freelance artist is Illustrator of the Year at first Singapore Children’s Book Festival

* Catholic Church warns public about WhatsApp phishing scams related to Pope’s visit to Singapore

* Major alert: Coral bleaching in Singapore’s shallow areas rises to 40%, scientists on stand-by for impacts from oil spill

* Govt will consider demands of Johor fishermen affected by oil spill, says Nik Nazmi

* Singapore's President Tharman meets Pope Francis in Rome

* S’pore in top 10 nation list for uploading objectionable YouTube videos

* FAS, SportSG to look into football coach’s alleged sexual misconduct

* Scammers using deepfake nude images to demand money from victims in Singapore

Indonesia:

* More than 230 Indonesians pilgrims dead as more than 1,000 die in haj amid scorching temperatures

* Indonesia and Thailand eye education cooperation boost; many Thais want to further education in Jakarta

* Indonesian Muslim music metal group braces for biggest stage yet

* Ex-Supreme Audit Agency official in Jakarta gets 2.5 years in prison after returning bribes

* Bobby admits to Jokowi's involvement in gubernatorial candidacy

* North Sumatra Police dishonorably discharge 15 fugitive officers

* Capital idea to beat the rain - Indonesia's weather modification technique

Williams driver Alexander Albon of Thailand steers his car during the third practice session for the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain. - APWilliams driver Alexander Albon of Thailand steers his car during the third practice session for the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain. - AP

Thailand:

* M'sian, Thai police hunting for smuggler who shot at Customs officers

* Former Stark chairman and much wanted man in huge fraud case finally in Thai detention after months on the run

* The rise of Hainan durian a wake-up call for Thai growers and exporters

* Thai man wakes up with cobra in his boxer shorts; friend calls animal rescuers for help

* Nine van passengers sent to hospital in Thailand after air intake blocked

* Thailand ranked the sixth best MICE destination in Asia Pacific

* Thai durian flown to Qingdao, serving premium northern China market

Philippines:

* Philippines says it won't back down, but won't start a war, after clash with Chinese Coast Guard

* Miss Universe Philippines Laguna Alexandra Rosales pushes for sustainability

* Mindanao fishermen seek protection as China ships spotted off region

* Tourism investments in the Philippines hit US$8.64bil in 2023

* Philippines not in business of instigating wars: Marcos

* Neighbouring countries, different trajectories - A Philippines dilemma

* South China Sea dispute: Will Beijing make Manila ‘pay a price’ for its latest territorial claim?

A Tesla humanoid robot is seen on display during the World Intelligence Expo in Tianjin on Sunday, June 23, 2024. - AFPA Tesla humanoid robot is seen on display during the World Intelligence Expo in Tianjin on Sunday, June 23, 2024. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Asean and China unveil initiatives to enhance media collaboration and people-to-people exchanges

* Challenging year but Vietnam central bank says 2024 GDP growth seen meeting 6.0%-6.5% target

* Corporate income tax on Vietnam's small businesses proposed for 15 per cent cut

* Vietnamese govt presses for 15% increase in pensions and social insurance benefits

* World Bank approves US$107mil to enhance inland waterway safety in Vietnam

* Power usage hits new record high in Vietnam

Myanmar:

* Rohingya minor raped, Myanmar man arrested in Malaysia

* Myanmar bodybuilders celebrate Olympic Day amid challenges

* Myanmar’s war matters / A call for true solidarity with the Rohingya community

* The ‘Night Government’ expands its violent reach in Rohingya camps

23-year-old Widi, a bass player in the Voice of Baceprot Band, performs at Soundsfest Experience in Jakarta, Indonesia. - Reuters23-year-old Widi, a bass player in the Voice of Baceprot Band, performs at Soundsfest Experience in Jakarta, Indonesia. - Reuters

Cambodia:

* Cambodia, WHO vow to further cooperate in improving country's public health

* Oxfam urges overhaul of garment subcontractor standards in Cambodia to ensure decent employment for women workers

* Cambodia's Koh Kong Zhejiang SEZ aims to attract 100 additional companies by year-end

Laos:

* Laos war against corruption: Court sentences officials to life and eight years for major embezzlement

* Mining company educates Lao communities on preventing dengue fever

* Peacemaking in a challenging time, against all odds

Brunei:

* Top Brunei financial institutions participate in river cleanup

* Brunei students join international anti-drug event in Greece

* Football fans treated to legendary meet-and-greet in Brunei

A fisherman returns with his catch at Kasimedu fishing harbour in Chennai on Sunday, June 23, 2024, at the end of a 61-day fishing ban along India's eastern coast imposed to protect fish stocks during their breeding season. - AFPA fisherman returns with his catch at Kasimedu fishing harbour in Chennai on Sunday, June 23, 2024, at the end of a 61-day fishing ban along India's eastern coast imposed to protect fish stocks during their breeding season. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Sarawak ready to co-host 2027 SEA Games, eyes opening ceremony

* Chinese tourist drowns while diving off KK

* Malaysia needs to commit to solving Asean's 'Gaza', says former foreign minister

* 170 million spam text messages reported in five months in S. Korea, prompts police probe

* Flood crisis continues in Assam, India; 390,000 people affected

* DSP reverted as constable for extra-marital affair in Uttar Pradesh

* Rainfall continues in south China amid receding water levels

* HK 'direly needs' to improve public healthcare system management

* Japanese PM Kishida faces rough road ahead in bid to remain as party head

* Imperial couple welcomed by Japanese nationals in London

* Organ transplant data for Japan’s hospitals to be disclosed by health ministry

* India boosts defence ties with Bangladesh as it tries to become a counterweight to China

* N. Korea to hold key party meeting this week after signing new partnership treaty with Russia

* China's space supremacy - latest moon landing mission is ramping up its presence among the stars

* Deaths from Indian toxic alcohol rise to more than 50

* South Korea is having its hottest June ever now: Weather agency

* ‘Visible signs of wasting’: Heat, forced malnutrition strangle people of Gaza

* China’s first industrial nuclear-powered steam generation project goes online

* Hong Kong holds mass drill to prepare for crowds, emergencies at Kai Tak Sports Park

* Joe Biden must publicise Russian nuclear threat to avoid ‘day zero’, says US lawmaker

* China’s third plenum: Few ‘bold’ moves in store but analysts watch for structural reforms

* Hong Kong patient in critical condition after feeding tube left in airway for over 24 hours

* IMF unveils plan for China-based regional centre in Shanghai, moving closer to Asia-Pacific

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