Hot off the press

These are the top stories making the front pages of major newspapers from across Southeast Asia today. 

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Cradle Fund CEO murder trial: Room 'reconstructed' after petrol traces found

A witness in the murder trial of Cradle Fund chief executive officer (CEO) Nazrin Hassan told the High Court that he was instructed to reconstruct the crime scene after the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) investigation laboratory found traces of petrol on samples sent for analysis.

Selangor JBPM fire investigations officer and 15th witness, Abdul Halim Zulkefeli said from the analysis, the Blackberry mobile phone found on the mattress and another Huawei mobile phone found at bottom of the left bedpost were in good condition.

“The observations and inspections by JBPM Fire Investigations Division Deputy Director Edwin Galan Teruki revealed that the Blackberry was not shattered or curved. This shows that there was no evidence of an explosion on the mobile phone, and an X-ray done on the mobile phone also showed that its structure was in good condition. – New Straits Times

2 soldiers injured in blast at Indonesia's National Monument park in central Jakarta

An explosion has occurred at Indonesia's National Monument park, near the presidential palace in central Jakarta, injuring two military soldiers, according to media reports citing police on Tuesday (3 December).

Central Jakarta police chief Harry Kurniawan told that there was an explosion and an investigation is under way. – Straits Times

State Counsellor opens new medical training facility in Yangon

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday opened the new National Skill Training, Simulation and Research Centre, which intends to provide competency-based training facilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate medical students. 

The eight-storey training centre also plans to promote patient safety, to apply information and digital technology to medical education, to provide an environment and facility for non-technical skill training for medical personnel, and to facilitate biochemical, molecular and micro-biology research. – Myanmar Times

PM: Trade in US dollars

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has called for the nation to spend in US dollar terms to increase capital outflows and weaken the baht.

"We need to think about how expenditures can be made in dollar terms to boost capital outflows. The country's strong financial position attracts investors to use Thailand to park their money and this has pushed up the baht," he told an audience at the Thailand Responsible Business Network (TRBN) forum. – Bangkok Post

Three dead, dozens hurt after temple collapse

At least three people died and about a dozen others were critically injured after a temple under construction in Siem Reap province collapsed yesterday afternoon.

Siem Reap city Governor Nuon Phutheara said the collapse occurred at the Prasat Koukchak pagoda in Koukchak commune at about 2pm. – Khmer Times