What's Next: October 30, 2015

(From left) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu stand together before a meeting at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna on Oct 29, 20
(From left) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu stand together before a meeting at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna on Oct 29, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

Major players in Syrian conflict to meet

Top diplomats from the US, Russia, as well as from European and Arab nations meet in Vienna today to conduct a broad new round of negotiations aimed at resolving the war in Syria, with Iran taking part for the first time. It will be the first time all the major players in the conflict will parley, though neither the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad nor the opposition are expected to be represented.

Awards for defence tech achievements

Individuals and teams who have made significant technological contributions to Singapore's defence capability will be recognised at the Defence Technology Prize awards ceremony today. The annual awards are given out by the Ministry of Defence.

Past years' winning ideas include one that extends the lifespan of Singapore's ageing missile corvettes.

Recognition for local brands

Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin is guest of honour at tonight's Singapore Prestige Brand Awards presentation ceremony, in which the overall winners will be unveiled. In its 14th year, the awards are meant to recognise local brands that have successfully implemented sustainable and effective branding initiatives.

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