What's News: February 12, 2016

South Korean soldiers stand guard on the road leading to the Kaesong joint industrial zone near the DMZ dividing the two Koreas on Feb 11, 2016.
South Korean soldiers stand guard on the road leading to the Kaesong joint industrial zone near the DMZ dividing the two Koreas on Feb 11, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

TOP OF THE NEWS

Heat turned up on N. Korea

The United States and its Asian allies have tightened the economic screws on North Korea, with the US adopting fresh sanctions and South Korean firms abandoning a joint industrial park that is a key source of hard currency for the North. Pyongyang called Seoul's abrupt decision to suspend operations a "declaration of war".


TOP OF THE NEWS

S'pore seeks more haj places

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has asked the Saudi King if Singapore's official haj quota can be increased. The letter was presented yesterday to a Saudi minister by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister-in- charge of Muslim Affairs. Dr Yaacob is in Saudi Arabia for an annual ministerial meeting on the haj.



PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WORLD

Up next: S. Carolina, Nevada

The next battlefields of the United States presidential primaries will be South Carolina - where Republican Donald Trump is likely to face far more attacks after his triumph in New Hampshire - and Nevada - which offers Democrat Hillary Clinton a chance to put her campaign on a solid footing after an overwhelming defeat by Mr Bernie Sanders.


WORLD

Fears over restive Mindanao

Philippine President Benigno Aquino's successor risks war with disparate armed groups on the restive southern island of Mindanao if the peace pact with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is cast aside, the government's peace negotiators have warned.


OPINION

Hot and cold cross-strait ties

A major sticking point in China-Taiwan ties is the 1992 consensus on "one China", which President-elect Tsai Ing-wen does not acknowledge. East Asia editor Goh Sui Noi says Beijing may be the one that has to adjust its stance.


(From left) Dr Too Heng-Phon and Dr Zhou Lihan with the kit that can detect gastric cancer early, with just a few drops of blood.
(From left) Dr Too Heng-Phon and Dr Zhou Lihan with the kit that can detect gastric cancer early, with just a few drops of blood. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

HOME

Kit makes detecting early-stage stomach cancer easier

Researchers in Singapore have come up with a test kit that can detect early-stage stomach cancer, a major killer here. The test, which may be rolled out as early as next year, enables patients to be tested with just a few drops of blood, instead of having to go for an endoscopy.


HOME

More spend CNY break abroad

More Singaporeans took advantage of the four-day holiday weekend to travel overseas during the Chinese New Year. Travel agents said the strength of the Singapore dollar against regional currencies and special tour packages drew people to travel overseas.


BUSINESS

S-Reits shine amid turbulence

Singapore-listed real estate investment trusts (S-Reits) continue to shine as safe havens amid turbulent markets, analysts say. Reits have outperformed the Straits Times Index this year, falling by about 2 per cent compared with the latter's 11 per cent plunge.


SPORT

Ice-skating curtain-raiser

With winter sports to make their debut at next year's SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, the Singapore Ice Skating Association (Sisa) will monitor the inaugural Tri-Series South East Asia Cup next weekend at The Rink in JCube. The event, the first of a three-leg series, will allow Sisa to benchmark its athletes against others in the region.


Oxwell & Co's rooftop bar in Ann Siang Road.
Oxwell & Co's rooftop bar in Ann Siang Road. PHOTO: OXWELL & CO

LIFE

Rooftop bars taking off

Undaunted by the annual haze problem, rooftop bars have continued to pop up here, with at least three opening over the last four months. The new establishments include Terra at Suntec City, Oxwell & Co in Ann Siang Road and Smoke & Mirrors at the National Gallery Singapore.


LIFE

New Harry Potter story in July

Nine years after publication of the last novel in the best-selling series about the boy wizard, what has been billed as the "epic eighth Harry Potter story" will be published worldwide in July. Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts I & II is a script version of the sold-out upcoming London play.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: February 12, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe