Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Aug 31

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Tuesday, Aug 31.


Last US forces leave Afghanistan after almost 20 years

Celebratory gunfire was heard across the Afghan capital after the last US troops pulled out.

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2 new Covid-19 clusters at Tampines Bus Interchange and Institute of Mental Health

This is the eighth cluster in a growing list tied to bus interchanges.

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askST: Are people who encounter Covid-19 cases on public transport 'transient contacts'?

Given that bus captains drive all over the island, is there cause for concern?

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Consumers willing to pay more if workers get better wages

But this must come with better service and firms showing they are really paying workers better.

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Jail for married couple who abused maid with acts including forcing her to drink toilet water

The maid had a soiled nappy rubbed on her face and was also hit with a metal ladle.

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Organ donor in S'pore answers online plea, donates 23% of liver to baby he never met

99 people from the community wanted to donate a part of their liver to the one-year-old girl.

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Alleged acid attacker on Tokyo subway was angry over victim's 'casual language'

The victim suffered severe injuries to his face and neck as well as cornea damage to both eyes.

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'Work is work': Afghan ex-minister now delivers food in Germany

He said he quit his post in the communications ministry because he was fed up with corruption in the government.

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Sporting Life: Yip Pin Xiu's pals reveal a swimmer fearless and focused

The portrait they sketch of Yip is of a woman who has rolled with life's unforgiving punches and who always believes her time is now.

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S'pore's Covid-19 travel lane: Where next after Germany and Brunei?

Industry experts weigh in on popular destinations that may be future candidates for the Vaccinated Travel Lane.

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