New book on Malay/Muslim community
The achievements and contributions of the Malay/Muslim community in Singapore have been documented in a book to be launched today. Titled 50 Defining Moments For The Malay/Muslim Community (1965-2015), it highlights how the community produced Singapore's first Attorney-General, Professor Ahmad Ibrahim, and Madam Halimah Yacob's appointment as the first female Speaker of Parliament in 2013.
Obama to address nation on terrorism
United States President Barack Obama will make a rare primetime address to the nation at 9am Singapore time today, laying out how he will keep Americans safe and defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militant group, days after 14 people were shot dead in California by an apparently radicalised couple. The attack, if proven to be terror-related, would be the deadliest such assault on American soil since Sept 11, 2001.
Data on US consumer spending
Gallup will release figures tonight on United States consumer spending last month, but the numbers are unlikely to reflect much festive joy. Despite this being the traditional shopping season, American consumers have been very cautious in recent months. A separate study found that, in October, Americans stashed away much of their income from rising wages, pushing the personal savings rate to its highest level in nearly three years.