Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Nov 1, 2016

Spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani al-Shami, speaking next to an extremist flag at an undisclosed location.
Spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani al-Shami, speaking next to an extremist flag at an undisclosed location. PHOTO: AFP

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday (Oct 31) and which we think you'd be interested in.

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LAUNCH OF PUBLICATION ANALYSING ISIS

A new publication, Countering Daesh Extremism – European and Asian Responses, analyses developments concerning ISIS. The publication, produced by the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung foundation in Singapore, will be launched today at The Asia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue at the Pan Pacific Singapore.

SUU KYI VISITING JAPAN


Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi. PHOTO: AFP

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will begin a five-day visit to Japan today, during which she is scheduled to hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It will be her first Japan trip after her party, the National League for Democracy, took power in April.

Ms Suu Kyi, who is Myanmar State Counsellor and Foreign Minister, had hosted Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida for discussions on bilateral cooperation in implementing democracy and economic development in Myanmar in May.

CLUES TO CHINA’S ECONOMIC MOMENTUM


Workers at the Huajian shoe factory in Dongguan, in south China's Guangdong province. PHOTO: AFP 

Data on China’s factory activity last month will be released today. This will be closely watched for signs of whether the recent momentum in the Chinese economy can be sustained. 

Last month, the Caixin Purchasing Managers’ Index showed that factory activity expanded in September as domestic and export orders picked up. But the improvement was marginal and manufacturers continued to shed jobs.