What's News: Sept 22, 2017

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chinese President Xi Jinping at The Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Sept 20, 2017.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chinese President Xi Jinping at The Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Sept 20, 2017. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO


S'pore, China aim to boost ties

Singapore's relationship with China is in a good state, and China's leaders want the two countries to do more together, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The relationship is changing as China develops, and Singapore's role needs to change too for ties to stay meaningful.


Impact of ending cheap credit

Back in 2009, there were worries over the impact on the global economy when the United States Federal Reserve began building up its balance sheet to protect its own economy from a financial firestorm. Those concerns were unfounded. Now that the Fed has signalled that it will start to pare its balance sheet next month, similar worries may turn out to be every bit as much of a non-event as well.



US, Iran discuss nuclear deal

After threatening to obliterate North Korea, US President Donald Trump upped the ante against Iran, calling a hard-won nuclear deal an embarrassment and throwing doubt on whether he will renew the agreement. Yet, Washington and Teheran's top diplomats met on Wednesday, as envoys scrambled to find ways to prevent the deal from unravelling.


Protests against Duterte

Thousands held rallies across the Philippines yesterday in the biggest protest so far against what they see as a slide towards authoritarian rule under President Rodrigo Duterte. At least 12,000 leftist activists marched near Malacanang, the seat of government, to denounce Mr Duterte's policies and actions.


China-Japan ties set to thaw?

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may meet. They can commiserate over America's unpredictability under Mr Donald Trump, writes associate editor Ravi Velloor, and get new business flowing.


Fun way to teach good habits

A comic book to encourage good social habits in Singapore will be unveiled tomorrow. It will depict such common-sense situations as keeping left when going up the escalator, and being neighbourly by wringing out the water before hanging laundry out to dry.


Education here 'must evolve'

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said the education system must evolve to meet future challenges, or Singapore will be left on the wrong side of history. He was speaking on Wednesday at Nanyang Technological University.


Spring Grove up for sale again

Spring Grove condominium in upmarket Grange Road is going back on the market just three years after a bid for collective sale failed, but with far more modest price ambitions now.

Owners at the 325-unit estate believe they can get at least $1 billion - well under the $1.39 billion they wanted in 2014.


Not a fan of League Cup

Jose Mourinho may have won the English League Cup three times with Chelsea and once with holders Manchester United. But the Portuguese manager showed how he feels towards it on Wednesday, when he made nine changes as they beat second-tier Burton Albion 4-1, with Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial scoring.


Namie Amuro to quit showbiz

Japanese singer Namie Amuro dropped a bombshell on her 40th birthday on Wednesday by announcing her retirement plan. Amuro, who made her professional debut 25 years ago, four days shy of her 15th birthday, said she would retire on Sept 16 next year, the 26th anniversary of her career.


The dish on stingray

Some specimens of this fish are highly prized and can grow up to more than 1m wide. http://str.sg/4jhU


Merkel's chances

Will German Chancellor Angela Merkel win a fourth term in the federal election on Sunday? A look at the key parties and issues. str.sg/deu17parties

What it should have been

Yesterday's report, "For two seniors, disappointment turns into lunch with President", carried a photo of Madam Sim Goon Hua and Madam Lim Ah Kheoh with President Halimah Yacob. The caption had transposed the names of the two seniors.

We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe