Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, July 8, 2016

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Friday, July 8, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Humanoid robot Robi to be launched in Singapore


Visitors taking photos of a group of robots as they dance at an electronic show in Shanghai on May 11, 2016. FILE PHOTO: AFP

Humanoid robot Robi is coming to Singapore.

The 34cm-tall robot, designed by University of Tokyo professor Tomotaka Takahashi, can speak, sing and dance as well as manage the appliances in a smart home.

Robi, a built-it-yourself robot, has been available in Japan, China and Britain.

The Singapore version of Robi will be able to communicate in Singlish. Prof Takahashi will launch the robot today (July 8).

Landmark Nato summit to begin


Polish President Andrzej Duda (right) welcomes Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg before a meeting at the Belvedere Palace in Warsaw, Poland, on July 7, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

United States President Barack Obama and leaders of the 27 other Nato allies will meet for a landmark two-day summit in Warsaw today (July 8).

They are expected to approve the alliance’s biggest military build-up since the Cold War in response to a newly resurgent Russia.

Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance will hold formal talks with Russia shortly after the summit to address “risk reduction, transparency and predictability”.

US to release June non-farm jobs data


A sign advertising summer jobs is pasted on a lamp post in Somerville, Massachusetts, on June 15, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

The United States statistics bureau will release its non-farm jobs data for last month today (July 8).

Figures had taken a shocking tumble in May – only 38,000 positions were added to the sector,  the fewest since 2010.

The severe slowdown in hiring during May and weak business investment had raised questions about the US outlook even before the Brexit vote, rattling Federal Reserve officials during last month’s open market committee meeting.