Evening Update: Today's headlines from The Straits Times on Dec 31

Good evening! Catch up on some of the main headlines on Thursday, Dec 31.


Meet 2021 with 'renewed confidence and hope', says PM Lee in New Year message

In his traditional New Year message, Mr Lee said the country had faced an unprecedented crisis, and stabilised its Covid-19 situation through enormous effort and sacrifice. PHOTO: LEE HSIEN LOONG/FACEBOOK/MCI

Mr Lee said the country stabilised its Covid-19 situation through enormous effort and sacrifice.

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DPM Heng to unveil Budget 2021 in Parliament on Feb 16

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat said preparation for Budget 2021 is well underway. PHOTO: ST FILE

Various channels have been set up for Singaporeans to share their views for the upcoming Budget until Jan 8.

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30 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including 5 in the community

The number of cases takes Singapore's total to 58,599. PHOTO: ST FILE

There were 25 imported cases who were placed on stay-home notices or isolated on arrival in Singapore.

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Brexit to take full effect as UK leaves EU single market

Brexit has dominated British politics since the country's narrow vote to leave the bloc in June 2016, opening deep political and social wounds that still remain raw. PHOTO: AFP

It marks a new beginning in Britain's history and a new relationship with the EU, says PM Johnson.

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STB probing possible breach of Covid-19 rules by group onboard Royal Caribbean cruise

In the photos, members of the group are unmasked and standing less than 1m apart from one another. PHOTO: VALLEYSEOW/INSTAGRAM

A group had gathered to take photos which some of them posted on their public Instagram accounts.

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Nearly 14,700 travellers visited Singapore in November: STB

Visitors to Singapore had bottomed out at 750 in April this year. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Arrivals rose 9.5 per cent from October, but were still a fraction of the 1.53 million visitors a year ago.

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Man charged with attempted murder of woman in Bedok

Police officers received a call for assistance at a home in Pari Dedap Walk, around 8am on Dec 30, 2020. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM GOOGLE MAPS

Lim Song Chua, 59, is accused of trying to kill a 48-year-old woman.

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Man accused of Felicia Teo's murder in 2007 will remain behind bars after adjournment

Ahmad Danial Mohamed Rafa'ee (right) is accused of murdering Ms Teo at a Marine Terrace flat on June 30, 2007. PHOTOS: THE NEW PAPER, DANIAL ENEMIKO/FACEBOOK

Ahmad Danial Mohamed Rafa'ee's case has been adjourned to Jan 7 next year.

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Move over Mukesh Ambani, Asia has a new richest person - China's 'Lone Wolf'

Mukesh Ambani's (left) fortune surged to US$76.9 billion while Zhong Shanshan's net worth surged to US$77.8 billion. PHOTOS: REUTERS, EN.NONGFUSPRING.COM

Zhong Shanshan's net worth surged US$70.9 billion (S$93.8 billion) this year to US$77.8 billion.

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The Life List: 2020 fashion trends to keep on top of in 2021

Here are the items that snuck their way into quarantine closets and social media feeds - where they will likely stay even in the new year. PHOTOS: JENNIE RUBY JANE/INSTAGRAM, CHAILEE SON/INSTAGRAM, GIAN MARCO CASTELBERG/TAG HEUER, DEAR FRANCES

Here are the items that snuck their way into quarantine closets and social media feeds.

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