What's Next: February 18, 2016

British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and British delegation officials meet European Parliament members in Brussels, Belgium, on Feb 16, 2016, two days ahead of the EU summit.
British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and British delegation officials meet European Parliament members in Brussels, Belgium, on Feb 16, 2016, two days ahead of the EU summit.PHOTO: EPA

EU summit on UK's membership terms

British Prime Minister David Cameron will meet European Union leaders in a two-day summit starting today, to try to secure more favourable terms for Britain's membership of the EU. If Mr Cameron gets what he wants at the summit, he will take the deal into a proposed referendum, most likely in June. If Britons vote to remain in the bloc, then the deal would return to Brussels to be put in legal form.

Trial to find way to battle superbug

Tan Tock Seng Hospital will be working with an Australian hospital to find a solution to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus - a superbug commonly found in hospitals that has become resistant to antibiotics. A trial they will carry out from next month will involve 440 patients from Singapore and Australia. While most attempts to fight the bug normally focus on developing new, expensive drugs, the trial will reuse old drugs in different combinations.

Malaysia's 2015 growth tipped at 4.9%

Weak mining exports, slowing agriculture output and the ongoing slump in commodity prices will likely drag down Malaysia's economic growth for last year. Economists forecast full-year growth - to be released today - at 4.9 per cent, down from 6 per cent in 2014. Growth for the October-December quarter is expected to be at 4.3 per cent year-on-year, down from 4.7 per cent in the previous quarter.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 18, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next: February 18, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe