ST Explainers: Trump, Park, Snapchat and holiday tips

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Political events in the United States and South Korea continued to hog the international headlines in the past fortnight. In other news, Snapchat's highly anticipated IPO, Wi-Fi on planes and year-end holiday plans were the subjects of ST Explainers.

Media continues to dissect US presidential election

The fallout and the post-mortem of the US presidential race continued to preoccupy media. ST Explainers put together a round-up of the commentaries on the election results, what Mr Donald Trump's win means for Asia, as well as the implications of his rise to power. Lots of brain food to digest at

The question of who will form President-elect Trump's official inner circle is also foremost on everyone's minds. ST Explainers looks at the nominees announced to date, including White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon.

Mr Trump's ascendancy has also seen the alt-right bursting into the mainstream's consciousness. This movement is focused on white identity. ST Explainers tells you six things to know about the alt-right movement.

S. Korea political scandal: Focus on President's aides

The influence-peddling scandal enveloping South Korean President Park Geun Hye has now spiralled out to ensnare former presidential aides. ST Explainers looks at the President's closest aides, including two who have been indicted by prosecutors, and what exactly they have been accused of.

Readers who want to catch up on how the scandal broke and evolved can read our recap.

The story of Snapchat app and its rise to fame

Messaging and photo-sharing mobile app Snapchat has filed for an initial public offering and it could be valued at US$20 billion (S$28.6 billion) to US$25 billion. We look at the app, its origins, and how it got so big.

Travel tips to make that year-end holiday a success

The year-end holidays are looming, but before you jet off on your vacation, you might want to check out a couple of our explainers.

One in four commercial planes worldwide now offers chargeable Wi-Fi access to passengers. ST Explainers lists the regional carriers that offer the service and how much they charge for data access.

Whether you are planning a holiday or packing for one, we have all the tips to help you get through holiday logistics as smoothly as possible. From listicles on what is allowed in hand luggage, to tips on how to pack for two seasons, find all the travel tips you need here.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2016, with the headline 'ST Explainers: Trump, Park, Snapchat and holiday tips'. Print Edition | Subscribe