10 must-reads for today

People queuing for subsidised rice in Manila last month, where soaring food prices are a source of widespread discontent.
People queuing for subsidised rice in Manila last month, where soaring food prices are a source of widespread discontent.PHOTO: NYTIMES

The Philippines' midterm elections kicked off yesterday in what is seen as a test of public support for President Rodrigo Duterte, amid a sputtering economy and setbacks in his efforts to tackle illicit drugs and cut state corruption. 

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Singapore and Indonesia have accomplished much together, and can do more to benefit their peoples. President Joko announced a $13.8 billion local currency swap and US dollar repurchase agreement to give both countries access to each other's currency and to US dollars.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2018, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe