What's Next: July 08, 2016

Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference at the Belvedere Palace in Warsaw, Poland, July 7.
Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference at the Belvedere Palace in Warsaw, Poland, July 7. PHOTO: EPA

Landmark Nato summit starts

United States President Barack Obama and leaders of the 27 other Nato allies will meet for a landmark two-day summit in Warsaw today. They are expected to approve the alliance's biggest military build-up since the Cold War in response to a newly resurgent Russia.

Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance will hold formal talks with Russia shortly after the summit to address "risk reduction, transparency and predictability".


Robi the robot comes to Singapore

Humanoid robot Robi is coming to Singapore. The 34cm-tall robot can speak, sing and dance, as well as manage appliances in a smart home. The build-it-yourself robot has been available in Japan, China and Britain. The Singapore version will be able to communicate in Singlish. Robi's designer, University of Tokyo professor Tomotaka Takahashi, will launch it today.


US to release June non-farm jobs data

The United States statistics bureau will release its non-farm jobs data for last month today. Figures had taken a shocking tumble in May - only 38,000 positions were added to the sector, the fewest since 2010. The severe slowdown in hiring during May and weak business investment had raised questions about the US outlook even before the Brexit vote, rattling Federal Reserve officials during last month's Open Market Committee meeting.

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