What's News: January 19, 2016

Lt-Col Untung Sangaji shot dead one attacker and incapacitated another.
Lt-Col Untung Sangaji shot dead one attacker and incapacitated another. ST PHOTO: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA
Blackstar, released two days before Bowie’s death, had sold 174,000 copies in the US by the end of its first week on sale.
Blackstar, released two days before Bowie’s death, had sold 174,000 copies in the US by the end of its first week on sale. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Quah Zheng Wen has shown he belongs in swimming’s elite, says his coach.
Quah Zheng Wen has shown he belongs in swimming’s elite, says his coach. LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO

TOP OF THE NEWS

Oil glut adds to market fears

The bloodletting continued for stock markets across the region yesterday on the back of new fears over the oil glut and the global economy.

The prospect of even more crude gushing into the global supply from Iran sent prices diving below US$28 a barrel - levels not seen for 13 years. 


TOP OF THE NEWS

Ensuring Singapore thrives

At the heart of it, Singapore's politics should be driven by the desire to improve the lives of its people, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing. Only with good politics can the country thrive, he said at a conference yesterday. 


WORLD

Off-duty cop foils more blasts

An off-duty police officer foiled attempts by militants to detonate two more bombs during last Thursday's terror attack in central Jakarta, shooting dead one attacker and incapacitating another from close range. Lieutenant-Colonel Untung Sangaji's heroics were captured on CCTV. 


WORLD

Leadership battle in Vietnam

Vietnam's Communist Party Congress opens tomorrow and observers say the meet is likely to see fierce competition between party chief Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung for leadership. The fight has spilled into the social media sphere.


OPINION

ISIS' rising influence in region

Developments in the Middle East have affected Islam in South-east Asia for centuries, and continue today with ISIS. The Jakarta blasts highlight ISIS' growing influence in this region, and portend more violence to come, says Barry Desker in the By Invitation column. 


HOME

Nicoll Drive being raised

Works are under way to raise Nicoll Drive by up to 80cm in anticipation of rising sea levels caused by global warming. The two-lane dual carriageway runs close to the eastern shoreline along Changi Beach. 


HOME

City Harvest appeals filed

All six defendants in the City Harvest Church case filed appeals against their guilty verdicts and sentences last night, as the marathon case neared its conclusion.

An appeal is likely to take place by the end of the year. Bail for all six has been extended. 


BUSINESS

Challenging times for banks

Singapore banks will announce their fourth-quarter results in the coming weeks, concluding a bumpy year marked by economic slowdown, market volatility and plunging energy prices. Issues surrounding loan growth and credit quality are likely to persist for DBS Group Holdings, OCBC Bank and United Overseas Bank. 


SPORT

Quah doing swimmingly well

Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen has shown he belongs in swimming's elite after reaching two "A" finals at a Texas meet, says his coach Sergio Lopez.

The 19-year-old, who won the 200m fly against a field missing the top stars, sees it as a trial run for August's Rio Olympics, where he has qualified for three events. 


LIFE

Bowie's last album tops US charts

David Bowie's death has brought the legendary British rocker a trophy he never had in life - a No. 1 album in the United States. His last album, Blackstar, was released two days before his death and, by the end of its first week on sale, had sold 174,000 copies in the US. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 19, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: January 19, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe