10 must-reads for today

Mourners sitting on a hearse during the funeral procession for a victim of the Jan 27 church bombing in Jolo, in Sulu province.
Mourners sitting on a hearse during the funeral procession for a victim of the Jan 27 church bombing in Jolo, in Sulu province.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 31, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe