Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Sept 23

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Friday, Sept 23.


Japan to allow visa-free individual tourists from Oct 11

The cap on daily arrivals in the country will also end.

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Singdollar hit by hawkish Fed; analysts eye MAS' next move

Experts are split on whether Singapore's central bank will continue to tighten monetary policy.

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'I don't want to die': Russians flee abroad after Putin's call-up

Armenia says at least 40,000 Russians have arrived in the small Caucasus country since February. Nearly 50,000 have fled to Georgia, statistics from June showed.

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Lavrov defends Russia at UN showdown rife with anger over Ukraine war

UN warns Moscow against annexing Ukrainian regions, as Western ministers call for accountability over atrocities.

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S'pore has much to look forward to in spite of global fragility and pessimism: Tharman

World is entering an era where different insecurities are coming together, he said in a speech at the Ho Rih Hwa Leadership Lecture Series held at the Singapore Management University.

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Does Singapore have an overwork culture?

The fuss over quiet quitting puts the spotlight on how different generations view work ethics. Gen Z is forcing a rethink of an overwork culture, says Chua Mui Hoong.

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Anwar against year-end polls as monsoon season looms in Malaysia

The priority is to deal with the flood problem before the end of the year, he says.

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Are days of hasty ransomware payouts numbered?

As insurers tighten policy coverage, firms may have to relook overall cyber defence and insurance strategies, writes Irene Tham.

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Pop star Billie Eilish’s new live videos filmed at Gardens by the Bay

They were directed by local film-maker Choann in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board.

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Tennis: Federer pairs up with Nadal for farewell match at Laver Cup

The long-time rivals, who have 42 Grand Slam titles between them, will team up in the doubles on Friday.

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