Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Aug 17

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Tuesday, Aug 17.


Nearly $2.9 million raised in 10 days to treat S'pore baby with world's most expensive drug

Nearly 30,000 people contributed to the fund-raising campaign for the drug to treat the baby's neuromuscular disorder.

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Malaysia's King could appoint new PM within a week, say analysts

The King is expected to interview all political party leaders, as he did in February last year.

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New Covid-19 cluster at Sungei Kadut Loop dormitory; Bishan Bus Interchange cluster grows to 15

The cluster linked to staff at Bishan Bus Interchange also grew to 15 with 5 new cases.

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Husband-wife masterminds of $39.9 million SkillsFuture scam get 31 years' jail collectively

They are behind the largest fraud against a public institution in Singapore.

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'I stand squarely behind my decision': Biden defends Afghanistan pullout

He blamed the Taleban’s takeover on the unwillingness of the Afghan army to fight the militant group. 

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How will the Taleban's comeback in Afghanistan affect Singapore and the region?

An Internal Security Department spokesman said there is currently no specific terrorist threat to Singapore.

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Fair employment watchdog probes Ubisoft Singapore over alleged unfairness, sexual harassment

This came amid media reports about claims of sexual harassment and workplace discrimination.

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Check in and check out these S'pore hotels that got a pandemic makeover

Among the refurbishments are new rooms, skybridges and plush bars.

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Wanted: Creative lifestyle uses for 2 vacant buildings in Gillman Barracks to inject vibrancy to arts enclave

Green infrastructure enhancements will be taken into consideration when assessing  proposals.

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Stay-home guide for Tuesday: Watch K-drama Hospital Playlist, do eye yoga and more

Or read about how iris flowers are portrayed in different art works.

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