Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Sept 4

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, Sept 4.


New Covid-19 cluster at Changi General Hospital with 14 cases

The latest CGH cluster is separate from an earlier active cluster with 4 cases.

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Bugis Junction Covid-19 cluster may have started with infected member of public who visited mall: Kenneth Mak

The spread of the virus among mall employees could be due to a lack of compliance with Covid-19 measures, said Prof Kenneth Mak.

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Covid-19 vaccines are 40% effective against infection in S'pore, 'very effective' against severe illness

There has been a sevenfold reduction in the rate of severe infections or death among those vaccinated.

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SingPost Centre death: Signs with emergency number put up on walls of stairwell

The signs were not there on Thursday when ST checked.

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Can racial harmony in Singapore be fostered by law?

The new law will go beyond punishment to incorporate "softer and gentler touches" that focus on persuasion and rehabilitation.

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Needle-free DNA vaccine may be key in India’s Covid-19 fight

However, it was approved ahead of any detailed clinical trial data being published and before the efficacy trial is complete.

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No exams, no tuition - will Chinese kids be stress-free?

China and India aim to reform its hyper-competitive education system. Asian Insider looks at how feasible the changes are.

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Taliban sources say last Afghan holdout region falls; resistance denies claim

If true, it would give the Taliban complete control of Afghanistan.

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EU lifts ban on feeding animal remains to some livestock

The ban has been in place since the "Mad Cow" disease food scare 20 years ago.

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Jail for 'vigilante' who assaulted boy after wrongly accusing him of unlawfully cycling on track

The offender, 67, slapped the child and punched him hard about five to eight times.

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