Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Jan 27

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Thursday, Jan 27. 


Singapore-Indonesia agreements reflect both sides' interests as well as rights

Once ratified and implemented, they will allow bilateral relations to move forward, says ST's Zakir Hussain.

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S'pore-Indonesia agreement on airspace can smooth bilateral relations, say analysts

Under the agreement, Indonesia will delegate parts of its realigned FIR to Singapore to provide air navigation services.

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New age in Singapore's relations with Indonesia

The signing of agreements on longstanding bilateral issues demonstrates the maturity of the relationship and fosters mutually beneficial cooperation, says Barry Desker.

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580 Covid-19 patients hospitalised in S'pore; 11 in ICU

The weekly infection growth rate is 2.50, which means it is taking less than one week for cases to double.

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Malaysia sees sharp rise in school clusters due to violations of Covid-19 rules

Teachers with Covid-19 symptoms still turned up in class, increasing the rate of infection.

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Parliament watchdog raises concerns over risks of long-term WFH for public servants

The Public Accounts Committee also highlighted the impact on governance, controls, oversight and accountability.

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Construction demand for 2022 to return to near pre-Covid-19 levels

Although the outlook for the construction sector is upbeat, it remains vulnerable due to the Omicron threat.

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British PM Johnson refuses to resign over lockdown parties

He vowed to fight on as he braced for a potentially damning report into lockdown-breaching parties.

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China recalibrates anti-terror campaign in Xinjiang

While reeducation camps are being disbanded, other measures are likely to continue. 

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Lion dance with 'good luck' ritual not allowed in condos during CNY

Businesses and home owners traditionally invite troupes to perform the ritual for good luck and fortune.

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