MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, June 16, 2015

Fireworks on display above the Sports Hub during the 28th SEA Games opening ceremony on June 5, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Fireworks on display above the Sports Hub during the 28th SEA Games opening ceremony on June 5, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

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

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SEA Games: Closing ceremony brings festive end to bienniel event

The closing show will feature giant floats and aerial displays set in a festive party atmosphere with live music. Be dazzled with an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

SEA Games: Singapore men's water polo team hopes to get No. 84

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The Republic's men's water polo team are chasing their 26th successive SEA Games crown in a winner-takes-all tie against Indonesia at the OCBC Aquatic Centre at 1.30pm. It will be Team Singapore's 84th and final gold medal of this Games should they triumph. - LEE MIN KOK

More cases of diabetes here

Diabetes is on the rise in Singapore. The Chinese show the best results in their diabetic control, according to data. Find out more on the latest trends and figures on this illness. - SAMANTHA BOH

Giving a (singing) voice to inmates

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The Yellow Ribbon Song Writing Competition reaches its climax with 10 inmates showing their song-writing skills. The contest was started to provide inmates with a platform to express their desire for change, as well as help them acquire new skills that enhance their employability. - TEE ZHUO

Moro Islamic Liberation Front to begin disbanding army

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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Philippines’ biggest Muslim rebel group, will today (June 16) begin decommissioning its 12,000-strong army, a commitment it made under a peace pact it signed last year to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest insurgencies. In a symbolic gesture, the MILF will turn over at least 75 high-powered firearms to the government and decommission 145 fighters in a ceremony that will be witnessed by President Benigno Aquino.

The MILF has pledged to return to the fold of the law in exchange for an autonomous Muslim region in southern Philippines. But a Bill creating the region is facing stiff opposition in Congress. It is unlikely to become a law before Mr Aquino steps down next year, pundits say. - RAUL DANCEL