What's Next: October 15, 2016

Brics leaders' summit starts today

Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) will start a two-day summit today in Goa, India, with the focus set to be on trade and terror.

The Brics countries, accounting for 53 per cent of the world population, have been hit by falling global demand and lower commodity prices, while several have also been mired in corruption scandals.

US and Russia set for talks on Syria

United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are set to hold fresh talks in Switzerland today to revive a ceasefire deal in Syria.

Mr Kerry's trip will be followed by a meeting tomorrow in London with his counterparts from Britain, France and Germany to discuss ways to resolve the deadly violence in Syria.

Debate on countering radicalism

Are Muslims in Singapore proactive or not in countering radicalism? That will be the subject of debate at the finals of the national Singapore Muslim Youth Debate today.

It comes as the country embarks on a national SGSecure initiative that is aimed at raising awareness about terrorism and urging different sectors to put in place contingency plans.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe