MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines, Nov 9, 2015

Animal welfare group Acres’ undercover investigation revealed that some pet shops failed to meet the conditions for basic animal welfare by providing cages that are too small. PHOTO: ACRES
Animal welfare group Acres’ undercover investigation revealed that some pet shops failed to meet the conditions for basic animal welfare by providing cages that are too small. PHOTO: ACRES

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday, Nov 9, which we think you'd be interested in.

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Results of Acres probe out today

Animal welfare group Acres will share today (Nov 9) the results of the latest undercover investigation it conducted at pet shops and pet farms. The investigation, carried out last month and earlier this month, was a follow-up to the one done from March to May this year. In that earlier investigation, Acres, which stands for Animal Concerns Research and Education Society, discovered poor animal welfare standards at a significant percentage of pet shops and farms checked. - TIFFANY FUMIKO TAY

More signs of China's slowdown


A crane lifts a shipping container from a truck to load it onto a ship at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, China. PHOTO: REUTERS

Investors this week will be weighing up another weak set of export data from China, the world's second-biggest economy, released yesterday (Sunday). The 6.9 per cent fall in exports last month is the latest sign of a slowdown on the mainland. Investors will also be mulling over the increased likelihood that the US Federal Reserve will next month finally raise interest rates from rock-bottom levels, for the first time in nearly a decade.

Obama, Netanyahu to meet


US President Barack Obama is set to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today, Nov 9. PHOTOS: AFP, EPA

United States President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet today (Nov 9) in Washington, in their first meeting since the landmark Iran nuclear deal between major world powers, which Mr Netanyahu had voiced vociferous opposition to. The two leaders will look to discuss a massive 10-year defence deal and put their testy personal relationship behind them. Mr Netanyahu's trip to Washington in March to address Congress, at the Republicans' invitation, had infuriated the White House. - JEREMY LEE