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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Health Ministry: 'Don't buy, use these 12 cosmetic products'

The Health Ministry has cautioned the public against buying and using 12 cosmetics products which have been found to contain scheduled poison.

The products are 3rd, 5th and 7th Series Yanko Whitening Night Cream (containing tretinoin), Clair De Lune -P.Tuberose Day Cream (containing chloramphenicol, sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim, ketoconazole), Clair De Lune -S.Involucrata Night Cream (containing chlorpheniramine, griseofulvin, metronidazole, sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim), Dnars Nien Cream, Glow Glowing N Glow, Dolly Glow Miracle Treatment Cream (all containing hydroquinone and tretinoin), Glow Glowing T Treatment, VSL Beauty Care Toner A and B (all containing hydroquinone) and Dolly Glow Luminous Night Cream (containing mercury). – New Straits Times

Jakarta bracing for street protest as Prabowo set to file lawsuit to challenge election result

A major street protest is expected to hit Jakarta on Friday (May 24) as supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto are set to join him in filing a lawsuit to challenge the election result at the Constitutional Court.

The rally is expected to be the peak of a string of protests and deadly riots that have gripped the Indonesian capital ever since the General Elections Commission (KPU) announced the victory of incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

The National Police have warned that the street protests might present a major threat to the capital's security, after discovering that some of the suspected rioters arrested over the past two days may be linked with terrorist organisations. – The Straits Times

Brunei's sultan returns Oxford degree after gay sex death penalty backlash

Oxford University said the sultan had decided to hand back the honorary degree on May 6, while it was reviewing its decision to award it.

Nearly 120,000 people had signed a petition by April calling on Oxford University to rescind the honorary law degree awarded in 1993 to the sultan, the world's second-longest reigning monarch and prime minister of the oil-rich country. – The Straits Times

Interpol: 50 children saved after website bust

International police group Interpol said that nine people had been arrested in Thailand, Australia and the US and 50 children had been rescued after investigators took down an online paedophilia ring. More arrests were expected as police in nearly 60 countries pursue investigations stemming from an Interpol operation launched two years ago into a hidden "dark web" site with 63,000 users worldwide.

50 children were rescued following the arrests. Police are trying to identify an additional 100 in images that had been shared on the internet's uncharted corners. – Bangkok Post

New Rakhine fighting not affecting tourism industry: minister

Clashes between the Arakan Army (AA) and government forces in Rakhine State have not affected the tourism industry, said U Ohn Maung, minister of Hotels and Tourism. However, he told a press briefing, “the world media is spreading misinformation, so tourists are afraid to come.” 

U Kyaw Kyaw Lwin, a senior tourism official, said the ministry is capitalising on digital marketing to lure back European tourists, who have shunned the country since the Rakhine Muslim crisis erupted in August 2017. – Myanmar Times