What's Next: September 17, 2016

A man carrying an anti-EU pro-Brexit placard shouts in a counter protest against pro-Europe marchers on a March for Europe demonstration against the Brexit vote in Parliament Square in central London on Sept 3, 2016.
A man carrying an anti-EU pro-Brexit placard shouts in a counter protest against pro-Europe marchers on a March for Europe demonstration against the Brexit vote in Parliament Square in central London on Sept 3, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Thousands to rally against EU deals

More than 100,000 people are expected to rally today against European Union free trade deals with the United States and Canada. The protests are expected in Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt. The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with Canada, which EU has been negotiating since 2009, is set to be signed next month. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the US has been under negotiation since 2013.


Russia going to the polls

Russia votes tomorrow in national parliamentary and regional elections, with parties loyal to President Vladimir Putin expected to remain dominant. Some 110 million voters are registered to cast their ballots across 11 time zones, to choose 450 members of the State Duma for its next five-year term. Voters will also pick regional bosses and local Parliaments in some parts of the country.


Street theatre in Orchard Road

Orchard Road will be transformed into a street theatre today with 50 "living statues", performances by percussion bands and a 120-strong flash mob. The event is organised by the Bone Marrow Donor Programme to mark World Marrow Donor Day. The 50 statues represent 50 patients who are waiting at any one time to find a matching donor. Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin will sign up as a bone marrow donor.

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