Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Aug 18

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Wednesday, Aug 18.


90-year-old man dies from Covid-19 complications, the first death of fully vaccinated person in S'pore

He had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, but was advanced in age and had a history of chronic kidney disease and hypertension.

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Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob on course to be Malaysia's next PM

Umno's 38 lawmakers decided late on Tuesday to throw their support behind him.

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Taleban, striking dovish tone, pledges peace and women's rights under Islamic rule

The insurgents held their first official news briefing since their shock seizure of Kabul.

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'People were clinging on to jets': How the chaos unfolded in Afghanistan as the Taleban seized control

Militants carrying rifles and Taleban's white flag have been a common sight less than a day after the group seized Kabul.

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Upper primary, secondary students to get instant feedback on English assignments with new AI system

The automated system will correct the student's grammar, sentence structure and expression, among others.

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Integrated Shield Plans will cover only MOH-approved outpatient cancer treatment from 2023

Coverage will also be capped, though the cap can vary depending on the drug used.

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Owners of some home-based food businesses in S'pore in favour of regulations

A food poisoning case has triggered a discussion about whether operators should be more strictly regulated.

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Life after the Olympics - S'pore athletes back in training, school, and pigging out

Athletes have not been idle during quarantine after their return from Tokyo.

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Home-grown animators and artists get spotlight at National Day Parade this year

Co-founder Ervin Han and production manager Elaine Chan of Robot Playground Media, the animator of a 14-minute feature film that complements the National Day Parade. The company spent 10 months designing and revising between 12,600 and 21,000 hand-dr

Creators hope this breakthrough will draw new interest in animation.

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Stay-home guide for Wednesday: Attend a virtual craft workshop, shop vintage furniture and more

Or dive into a best-selling book about the Rail Corridor.

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