10 must-reads for today

People posing for a picture at the venue for COP24, the ongoing United Nations climate change talks in Katowice, Poland.
People posing for a picture at the venue for COP24, the ongoing United Nations climate change talks in Katowice, Poland.PHOTO: REUTERS

Global warming is heating the Arctic at a record pace, driving broad environmental changes across the planet, including extreme storms in the mid-latitudes, a major scientific report from the United States said on Tuesday. Persistent heat records have rattled the fragile Arctic for each of the past five years, a record-long warming streak.

Singapore welcomed the withdrawal of two Malaysian vessels that had been camping in the Republic's waters. Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan acknowledged Malaysia's move to defuse tensions, and urged it to remove the remaining ship still in Singapore waters. Both sides have agreed to hold bilateral talks next month. 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 13, 2018, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe