What's Next: March 25, 2016

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, on March 24, 2016.
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, on March 24, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Kerry in Brussels to offer support

US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Brussels today to offer Washington's support and condolences after attacks that left dozens dead.

The United States has also offered assistance in the investigation of the bombings at Brussels Airport and a subway system on Tuesday.

Mr Kerry is scheduled to meet Belgian and European Union officials while in Brussels.

Church network's blood donation drive

The LoveSingapore network of churches will organise its first nationwide blood donation drive today, in collaboration with the Singapore Red Cross Society. To be held at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event will mark the start of a series of donation drives LoveSingapore has planned this year. It hopes to reach out to 5,000 donors by the year end. Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen will be the guest of honour at today's event.

Malaysia's inflation data out today

Malaysia will release last month's consumer price inflation today. Analysts expect the annual inflation to have raced to over a seven-year high at 4 per cent in February as transport costs rose.

The central bank has an inflation target this year of 2.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent, in part due to a weak ringgit. Growth in Malaysia has faltered due to weak energy prices and risks linked to a financial scandal involving the state-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

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