10 must-reads for today

A man who allegedly committed voter fraud being punched by another as security forces took him out of a polling station in Mindanao yesterday.
A man who allegedly committed voter fraud being punched by another as security forces took him out of a polling station in Mindanao yesterday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Award-winning writer Amitav Ghosh.
Award-winning writer Amitav Ghosh.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

More than 2.8 million Muslims cast their votes yesterday in a referendum meant to carve out their own territory in the restive southern part of the Philippines and end nearly half a century of separatist violence in a region plagued by poverty and Islamist extremism. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned yesterday that the country must maintain a high alert and fend off risks after the release of data showed that the Chinese economy posted its slowest growth in 28 years last year, hurt by faltering domestic demand and bruising US tariffs. 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe