Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Thursday, Aug 25.
Masks optional on taxis and in most indoor settings from Monday: 7 things you need to know
No masks required on some SIA flights and in Changi Airport
Only passengers travelling to or from destinations that require a mask on flights will need to wear one.
Taxi and private-hire drivers surprised at change in mask-wearing rule, worried about Covid-19 transmission
They also say there could be potential conflict if some drivers insist that their passengers wear a mask.
Tanjong Pagar crash: Deaths of 5 men in burning car ruled a traffic-related misadventure
The State Coroner said the case serves to remind motorists not to operate vehicles under the influence of alcohol.
Parents 'race against time' to raise $3m to save baby with rare genetic disorder
The boy, who was born in July, has a neuromuscular disorder that causes muscles to weaken.
Najib supporters' push for royal pardon draws opposition from civil society groups
The move for a pardon came less than 24 hours after Najib's graft conviction was upheld.
Residents in China's hottest city Chongqing crank up the air-con; power cuts for factories, malls
The extreme heat in Chongqing, where temperatures hit 43 deg C on Monday, melted the soles of ST China correspondent Danson Cheong's shoes. He had to buy a new pair for 53 yuan.
Biden forgives millions of student loans; critics fear inflation
The actions are “for families that need them the most - working and middle class people hit especially hard during the pandemic,” Biden said.
Chinese 'spy ship' visit shows Rajapaksas still run Sri Lanka
Anyone who believes their power on the island is over only needs to examine the circumstances of the visit by the Chinese tracking ship to the port of Hambantota – seat of the family’s political base, says associate editor Ravi Velloor.