The Big Story: M'sia set for emergency measures to avert snap polls; Final Trump-Biden debate

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Malaysia's Cabinet was locked in a special meeting on Friday (Oct 23) morning to decide on emergency measures to ensure that the upcoming budget session in Parliament does not result in snap elections amid the resurgent wave of coronavirus infections.

Sources told Malaysia bureau chief Shannon Teoh that an "economic emergency" could also be proclaimed.

We will speak to Shannon on the details of this meeting.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden offered sharply contrasting views on the still-raging coronavirus pandemic at Thursday's (Oct 22) final presidential debate, seeking to persuade the few remaining undecided voters 12 days before the Nov 3 election.

Foreign editor Bhagyashree Garekar breaks down how each candidate fared in their final face-to-face encounter.

We will also share the latest news in Singapore and around the world.