Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Jan 7, 2016

Autistic adult Lu Yong Cheng (left) cleaning windows with the help of student volunteer Nur Syakilah Roslah from ITE College Central at the Eden Centre For Adults on on Feb 20, 2013.
Autistic adult Lu Yong Cheng (left) cleaning windows with the help of student volunteer Nur Syakilah Roslah from ITE College Central at the Eden Centre For Adults on on Feb 20, 2013.ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday, Jan 7, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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CENTRE FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM OPENS

The Eden Centre for Adults at Clementi will be officially opened today (Jan 7). It is one of the three autism day activity centres in Singapore that is supported by the Government. The centre provides training and support for autistic individuals in the areas of health and fitness, community living and vocational training. - KOK XING HUI

CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACK ANNIVERSARY


A poster reads 'Je suis Charlie' (I am Charlie) commemorating the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, France on Jan 8, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo today (Jan 7) commemorates the one-year anniversary of the shooting rampage in Paris a year ago that began with an assault on its offices and lasted three days. The attacks claimed 17 lives, most of whom were the magazine's staff. The massacre also prompted millions of people to march onto French streets in protest and unleashed an outpouring of solidarity for freedom of expression around the world.

French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday (Jan 5) unveiled plaques in memory of the victims in Paris. The controversial publication on Wednesday (Jan 6) published a special commemorative edition, angering the Vatican over its provocative cover which lampooned God. 

MALAYSIA'S NOV TRADE DATA TO BE UNVEILED

Malaysia will announce traded data for last November today (Jan 7), with analyst forecasting export and import numbers to increase from a year earlier, but at a sligthly slower pace that last October's figures.

Analysts also expect the nation's trade surplus to beat RM12 billion (S$3.9 billion), slightly down from last October's figures of RM 12.16 billion. Muted external demand is the main reason for the dip in figures for Malaysia.