10 must-reads for today

Malaysian security officers arresting a suspected militant in Sabah in the latest anti-terror raids.
Malaysian security officers arresting a suspected militant in Sabah in the latest anti-terror raids.PHOTO: COUNTER TERRORISM DIVISION, SPECIAL BRANCH, MALAYSIA
A necropsy on the Cuvier's beaked whale found about 40kg of plastic, including grocery bags and rice sacks, inside its body.
A necropsy on the Cuvier's beaked whale found about 40kg of plastic, including grocery bags and rice sacks, inside its body. PHOTO: D' BONE COLLECTOR MUSEUM/FACEBOOK

The Malaysian police said they have arrested 13 suspected militants, including six supporters of the Abu Sayyaf Group who were involved in the deadly siege of Marawi town in the southern Philippines two years ago. The detainees comprised 12 Filipinos and a Malaysian.

Singapore's non-oil domestic exports sprang a surprise last month, rising 4.9 per cent after three straight months of decline, but economists cautioned that the rebound may not last. They said there tends to be distortions in data for the first two months of the year, with exports affected by the timing of Chinese New Year festivities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe