The church bombing in the southern Philippines this week may just be a harbinger of the migration of militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria from the Middle East to South-east Asia. Some analysts also see the attack as revenge for the Philippines' quelling of the siege of Marawi by Islamic militants in 2017.
Plans are afoot to transform Orchard Road into a more lively street with different offerings in each of its four sub-precincts. Part of the 2.4km stretch may also go car-free. These are among the proposed plans to rejuvenate the shopping belt following a six-month study and consultations with stakeholders.